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News October 2021

In March and April 2020 the last two concerts of the 2019/20 KMS season had to be cancelled because of Covid-19 restrictions which forced the closure of the Theatre by the Lake. Our 2020/21 season was also completely cancelled and the 2021/22 season has been put on hold as the Theatre by the Lake has remained closed to outside events and there was too much uncertainty about other venues, travel, and performers, along with changing audience restrictions. 

But we feel that we can now hold regular concerts again although at relatively shorter notice. Between now and February/March 2022 these will be at St John’s Church, Keswick on Saturday evenings. We hope soon to be back at Theatre by the Lake after its partial reopening for their autumn and Christmas season. 

Our first concert at St John’s will be given by a dynamic group of young professionals, The Elmore String Quartet. They met a few years ago when studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, and before Covid-19 struck were starting to carve out very promising careers. They will be performing quartets by Britten and Beethoven and a beautiful miniature by Webern, written in the late romantic style before he embraced the serialism for which he is better known. 

In recognition of KMS members missing out on concerts at the end of the 2019-20 season, this concert is offered FREE to those who were KMS members in the 2019/20 season. Subject to availability, non-members may buy tickets from Bookends in Keswick or on the door (£20). Members may pre-order additional tickets for friends, family etc and pay for these tickets on the door. 

To ensure Covid security in St John’s Church we ask you to confirm whether you wish to attend by contacting Elaine Moor, Membership Secretary  (01900 85967 or at, by 6th November. Audience numbers will be restricted to around 150. We will offer free tickets to the first members who respond. See below for further details about the concert and tickets.

If you do not feel able to attend the concert or do not get a ticket, please keep an eye on our website for news of further events.


The first of these occasional concerts will be held at St John’s Church, Keswick at 7.30pm on Saturday 13thNovember 2021 and will last approximately 1 hour 45 mins including a short interval.

The Elmore String Quartet will perform:

  • Anton Webern – Langsamer Satz 
  • Britten string quartet no.3 
  • Interval 
  • Beethoven Op.132 No.15 in A minor 


  • The church has been assessed and organised as a “Covid-secure” venue for services and performances. It will have been thoroughly cleaned before the concert. 
  • Please DO NOT ATTEND if you have any of the common symptoms of Covid-19, if you have tested positive for Covid in the prior 14 days, or if you are required to isolate. 
  • The audience will be limited to around 150 persons (the maximum capacity of the church is over 400). All non-household members will be able to separate by 1m. Seats will be allocated to audience members in arrival order. 
  • Audience members will be checked-off against a register on arrival. 
  • The register will be held for 28 days in case track and trace is required.
  • Social distancing will be encouraged as the audience queues outside and inside the church. There will be no social mingling allowed inside the church, and no close interaction between performers and audience.
  • Audience members will be required to wear facemasks when moving around in the church.
  • The audience will enter by the front door and exit by another to the right of the choir. 
  • Hand sanitisers will be used on arrival and available on exit. 
  • The performance area is between the main aisle and the choir. The performers will be able to socially distance from the audience.
  • There will be a short interval of 10-15 minutes, but no refreshments will be offered. Audience members will be encouraged to either stay in their seats or go outside to socially mingle. The church doors will be opened during the interval to aid ventilation. 
  • The church has limited toilet facilities.
  • There is no carpark at the church. 
  • While there will be no ticket cost for members for this concert, a retiring collection will be taken which will help towards KMS costs and future events.

Please do not book unless you know you can and will come.

If you would like a ticket(s) please e-mail Elaine Moor or telephone her on 01900 85967 stating how many tickets you would like. 

Membership Update – May 2021

Dear Members,

We are working on a date in early summer for a free concert for 2019-2020 KMS members at St. John’s Church, and will let you know all details about it as soon as possible. Due to the disruption to our programme because of COVID19, we have delayed restarting our membership scheme until the 2021-2022 season, and we hope to announce this when Theatre by the Lake  has decided on its re-opening schedule.

Membership News Update – January 2021

Dear Members,

Due to the disruption to our programme because of COVID19, we will delay restarting our membership scheme until the 2021-2022 season, and we aim to announce this in February-March 2021.  

Our move into national lockdown sadly means the cancellation of the rescheduled concert by Festivo Winds in St Johns Church Keswick which we had planned for 24th January as a free concert for 2019-2020 members. At the moment it is not possible to plan a new date for this concert, but there will definitely be a free concert for 2019-2020 Members later in the year.

We still hope to go ahead with 3 concerts plus a Family concert at Theatre by the Lake in February, March and April 2021, but this depends on the Theatre’s ability to reopen and we await their announcement. If the concerts go ahead tickets will be available from the Theatre by the Lake Box Office, prices to be announced.

Arrangements TBA.

Music Society News – December 2020

After various attempts, we are hoping to hold our long-delayed AGM on Tuesday March 2nd at 11am location TBA. Members will be informed of the details and we do hope that as many as possible will be able to come.

At the last committee Meeting Gill Edmonds, our popular and long serving Chairman, announced her wish to retire after 9 years, and the Committee voted that Mary Cooke, previously Concert Secretary, should replace her. These changes would normally be dealt with at an AGM, according to our constitution, so hopefully on March 2nd we can regularise them and say goodbye to Gill (as Chairman, only!) properly.

Concert News – December 2020

Great news at last! The Theatre will be reopening in February, but even before that we will try yet again to give our members some compensation for the abrupt ending of last season.

We hopefully present again, on Sunday January 24th, Festivo Winds, a young and brilliant group of wind players who will play a fascinating programme in St. John’s Church, Keswick. This will be free for members who will be asked to register beforehand, as because of Covid19 regulations there will be spaced and therefore limited seating. See this page for updates and how to book.

The first concert of our 2020 – 2021 Season will be one of the first to be held in the newly reopened Theatre by the Lake.

On Sunday February 21st Bella Tromba will present their afternoon Family Concert and at 7.30 their evening concert will be without interval (for social distancing reasons) and will last about an hour and a quarter.

Sadly, we will not be hearing the promising and entertaining Young Musicians of Keswick this year. The Theatre has very stringent conditions backstage for performers and helpers and cannot provide the necessary safe and healthy conditions for the very large numbers of keen performers whose music we normally enjoy.