Latest News From Keswick MUSIC SOCIETY
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.
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.
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.
Our members’ only concert on 24 January 2021 will go ahead as planned. The date of the February 2021 concerts has been changed to 21st February.
This information is correct as long as current Government regulations remain the same.
Sunday 23rd August, Sunday 30th August, Sunday 13th September, Sunday 20th September – 4.00pm – Parish Church of Keswick, St John
John Cooper Green will start the recitals next Sunday (23rd August) and they will then be every week at 4.00pm until the end of September, with the exception of Sunday September 6th.
Government guide lines will be followed and audience members will be asked to give contact details (in strict confidence), wear a mask and seating will be socially distanced.
Unfortunately it is not possible to provide refreshments but the audience is welcome to bring their own to consume during the recital, though we would prefer that you did not bring cans or crisps.
As usual these are relaxed recitals and you are very welcome to read, sew, knit, do the crossword, play chess (quietly!) etc. or just sit back and listen. An updated poster and programme is attached.
As a music society we are very keen to have live music return to this area and give a platform for our struggling professional musicians. These recitals may give us the opportunity to see what can be done and discover a way forward, so please support.