Programme for the 69th Season 2016 - 2017
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25th September
7.30 pm

Pre-concert talk by David Curtis and Raphael Wallfisch

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**Orchestra of the Swan

David Curtis  conductor

Raphael Wallfisch

Our new season is guaranteed to get off to a wonderful start with the Orchestra of the Swan.
We are delighted to welcome them back after their very successful concert for us in 2011.  The Orchestra has its home in Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon.

Raphael Wallfisch is one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage. With a discography of over 70 discs Raphael Wallfisch is one of the most recorded classical artists in the world. A BBC survey named Wallfisch’s recording of the Dvorak Cello Concerto the best recording of the work in the past 25 years. With concert appearances around the world, Wallfisch is at the height of his powers with a masterful technique and a soaring, singing sound that evokes a tradition continued from his teacher, the great Russian cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. While studying with him in California, he was chosen to perform chamber music with Jascha Heifetz in the informal recitals that Piatigorsky held at his home.

The concert is generously supported by Orchestras Live and Arts Council England and is the twelfth in the Orchestras Live Cumbria Series.

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Rossini: The Italian Girl in Algiers

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8

Dvorak: Cello concerto

**This is a change of artists & programme from that originally advertised.

16th October 2016
7.30 pm

Pre-concert talk by members of the Quartet
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Dante String Quartet

Krysia Osostowicz, 
Oscar Perks  violins

Yuko Inoue
  viola,  Richard Jenkinson  cello

Expect a spellbinding evening with this programme by the incomparable Dante Quartet. One of the world’s most accomplished groups, these are superb musicians deeply immersed in their music.  We are thrilled to welcome them back to play the lovely Quartet Movement by Schubert, a quartet by Mendelssohn at his most passionate, and Beethoven’s late, great Op. 132 quartet, one of his greatest achievements.

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Schubert:  Quartettsatz in C

Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor, Op 13

Beethoven:  String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

13th November 2016
7.30 pm

Pre-concert talk by Patrick Hemmerlé
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Patrick Hemmerlé piano

Unmissable for Bach and Chopin lovers, the programme of this phenomenal French pianist now based in Cambridge will captivate and intrigue. It is certainly a recital of two halves. Bach’s magnificent Goldberg Variations will be followed after the interval by Chopin’s challenging and evocative Op. 25 Etudes. Patrick is renowned for his exceptional playing and fascinating insight.  As a deep musical thinker, his pre-concert talks are legendary – his insights into the music will be an outstanding feature of the evening.

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Goldberg Variations

Chopin:  Etudes Op. 25

11th December 2016
7.30 pm

Pre-concert talk by Mary Cooke
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 Alina Ibragimova  violin

A real star for this year’s Christmas concert! Alina Ibragimova who played here as a brilliant young violinist returns to Keswick as an established international virtuoso with amazing technique and a great sense of humour. As at her Proms concert last summer, her programme is of Sonatas by Bach and the Belgian virtuoso, Eugene Ysa˙e, Yehudi Menuhin’s mentor, his music inspired by Bach and dedicated to master violinist Kreisler. This concert is a must for connoisseurs of the violin playing.

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Bach: Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005

Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

Ysa˙e:  Sonata No. 4 in E minor Op. 27/4

Ysa˙e: Sonata No. 5 in G major Op.27/5

Ysa˙e:  Sonata No. 6 in E major Op. 27/6

15th January 2017

4.00 pm

**N.B. much earlier start time of 4 pm

Pre-concert talk by Nick Pritchard
at 3.15 pm

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Nick Pritchard  tenor

Ian Tindale  piano

Following the success of our Schubert concert last January, our Winter Concert will present another of Schubert’s great song cycles. Die Schöne Müllerin (The Miller’s Beautiful Daughter), is a cycle of songs depicting ecstasy, jealousy, despair and betrayal through some of the most wonderfully searching music for voice and piano. The critically acclaimed tenor Nick Pritchard and his prizewinning pianist Ian Tindale (who was the pianist in January’s memorable Winterreise) present this unforgettable work. This concert is generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

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  Die Schone Mullerin

**N.B. much earlier start time of 4 pm

As the weather conditions can be unenticing in January, the Keswick Music Society committee have decided to run this concert at the earlier start time of 4.00pm which we are hoping will make it much easier for some members, and indeed other music lovers, to attend.

February 2017
7.00 pm

N.B. earlier start time

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Local Young Musicians' Concert

Do try to get to this concert! There is always a full house, and you can expect an evening of amazing variety given by the enthusiastic and gifted young musicians of Keswick. You will be entertained and thrilled by the talent displayed and the range of music played.

The Music Society Subscription includes the price of a ticket for this concert: however, members’ normal seats are not reserved and they should book tickets from the Box Office: after booking opens, a row will be held for them for two weeks before being released to the public. 

19th February


3.00 pm

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Family Concert  3.00pm

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Bradley Creswick
Claire Tustin  narrator

Bradley and the orchestra are great entertainers and their family concerts are enjoyed by thousands across the North.
This will be our ninth annual Keswick Music Society Family Concert and not to be missed!

Under 18s FREE
Adults £5

N.B. This family concert is not included in the KMS membership subscription

Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro

Vaughan Williams:
The Lark Ascending (abridged version)

Peter and the Wolf with narrator


19th February

7.30 pm

Pre-concert talk by members of the Orchestra

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Royal Northern Sinfonia

Bradley Creswick  director

We welcome back Royal Northern Sinfonia with their ever-popular director Bradley Creswick and their tremendous energy and engagement with their music. It will be a great programme too of course, including Beethoven’s joyous 7th symphony (‘one of my best works’), called ‘the apotheosis of the dance’ by Wagner.
‘There is no better chamber orchestra in Britain’ The Guardian
Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra and the leading professional orchestra in the North East. Since its inception in 1958, it has built a distinctive reputation as a fresh-thinking and versatile orchestra, performing with a trademark zest and stylistic virtuosity.

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  Overture Marriage of Figaro

Vaughan Williams: Lark Ascending

Tippett:  Divertimento on Sellingers Round

Beethoven:  Symphony No. 7

19th March 2017
7.30 pm

Pre-concert talk by Michael Petrov

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Michael Petrov  cello

Alexander Ullman  piano

You will be ‘hooked from the very first note’. A cellist with ‘a meltingly warm, smooth tone, and an easy virtuosity’, a ‘dreamer of dreams with the calm assurance of a long established maestro’. The prizewinning Michael Petrov will play a fascinating choice of cello music rounded off with Chopin’s exquisite cello sonata, performed at the composer’s last public concert. Michael and his pianist Alexander Ullman are YCAT supported young musicians, a sure guarantee of excellence and achievement.

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Michael Petrov

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This concert is supported by Young Classical Artists Trusts - YCAT
Prokofiev:  Cello Sonata in C, Op. 119

Drei Fantasiestucke Op.73
(this replaces the previously advertised item by Janacek)

Elliott Carter: 
Figment for Solo Cello

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65

23rd April 2017
7.30 pm

Pre-concert talk by members of the Quartet

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Primrose Piano Quartet

Susanne Stanzeleit  violin,  Dorothea Vogel  viola

Andrew Fuller  cello,  John Thwaites  piano

with Leon Bosch  double bass

The Primrose Piano Quartet, named after the great Scottish viola player, William Primrose, boasts some of the U.K.’s most renowned chamber musicians and has a well-deserved reputation for simply wonderful music making. Following the much-loved Schumann piano quartet, the international double bass virtuoso, Leon Bosch (occasionally known as  ‘Mr. Trout UK’), will join in for the unforgettable Grand Duo, and then complete the quintet for Schubert’s characteristically and irresistibly carefree Trout Quintet, the grand finale of the concert and the season.

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Leon Bosch

*Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat Op.47 D667

Bottesini:   Grand Duo for violin and double bass with piano

Schubert:  Quintet in A major D 667 (The Trout)

*This is a change from the advertised item in our printed brochure
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