Cockermouth Music Society

Upcoming Concerts & Events


Piano Masterclass - Kathryn Stott

Saturday 22nd September 2018

Venue

United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth on Saturday 22nd September 2018 at 2:00 pm

Admission

Members of the public are welcome to attend free of charge.

Programme

Kathryn Stott, international concert pianist, will give advice and instruction to young pianists in a way which will be interesting to all who attend. Would-be participants should prepare a couple of pieces they will enjoy playing in the masterclass. You will be informed if you are selected to play.

All participants and young non-participants must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.

Find the application form here

There is also a Bursary of £100 plus a free season ticket for CMS concerts for one year which will be awarded to one pianist at the end of this masterclass, chosen by Kathryn Stott ( NB Previous winners of CMS bursary not eligible). This is an interesting opportunity (free for all who attend) for selected young pianists to perform ( they will be informed if they will be asked to play) and get some professional tuition from an outstanding pianist. Please contact the secretary if you would like further details. 

Artist Details

Born in Lancashire, Kathryn studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music. A regular visitor to international festivals both as soloist and chamber musician, Kathryn has constantly performed around the world since 1978, when she was a prize winner in the Leeds International Piano Competition.

With a vast repertoire, Kathryn has maintained a keen interest in contemporary music and has had many works written especially for her. She is a remarkable exponent of Tango and other Latin dance music, reflected in her collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and leading South American musicians on the Grammy Award-winning Sony CD ‘Soul of the Tango’ and its successor ‘Obrigado Brazil’.

Kathryn Stott has been the artistic vision behind many major festivals and concert series.

A dedicated teacher, Kathryn is a visiting professor and Honorary Chair at the Royal Academy of Music in London, holds the position of International Chair at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and regularly visits Chethams School of Music. She joined the piano faculty of the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo in 2016.

Venue

United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth on Tuesday 25th September 2018 at 7:30 pm

Admission

Single Tickets to non-Members:  £18.  Tickets to Ordinary Members £15

Accompanied children Free. Unaccompanied and students under 25 - Half Price.

Programme

Rossini: Introduction, Theme and Variations

Brahms: Sonata in F minor, Opus 120 No 1

Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet

Dankworth:  Excerpts from Suite for Emma

Bernstein: Riffs and Scenes from West Side Story

Artist Details

Emma Johnson is one of the few clarinettists to have established a busy career as a solo performer which has taken her to major European, American and Asian venues as well as to Africa and Australasia. She is one of the UK’s biggest selling classical artists, having sold over half a million albums worldwide. Her recent recording of sonatas by Brahms and Mendelssohn with John Lenehan was described as “definitive…triumphant…a landmark disc” in The Observer.

Emma has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras in repertoire that includes all the major clarinet works as well as pieces written especially for her by John Dankworth.

Praised by the New York Times for his “great flair and virtuosity” and the London Times – “a masterly recital”, John Lenehan’s performances and recordings have been acclaimed throughout the world. 2012 saw the release of his recording of Brahms Sonatas with Emma Johnson and, with Julian Lloyd Webber, a disc of music by Delius and Ireland which was chosen on its release as the Classic FM disc of the week.

Chamber Philharmonia Europe

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Venue

United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth on Tuesday 16th October 2018 at 7:30 pm

Admission

Single Tickets to non-Members: £18. Tickets to Ordinary Members £15

Accompanied children Free. Unaccompanied and students under 25 - Half Price.

Programme

Vivaldi:  Concerto in G minor

Hummel: Trumpet Concerto

Suk:  Serenade for Strings Opus 1

J S Bach: Violin Concerto in E

Albinoni: Adagio in G minor for strings

Nielsen: Little Suite for strings Opus 6

Artist Details

The Chamber Philharmonic Europe was founded 2006 in Cologne/Germany and engages talented young musicians from 18 European nations. Its outstanding high artistic level has been built upon a broad range of professional experience whilst simultaneously providing promising artists the opportunity for further development.

The repertoire of the Chamber Philharmonic of Europe ranges from Baroque to modern. The 2015/2016 season saw the ensemble perform over 45 concerts in many reputed concert halls and opera houses, in extensive tours to Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Great Britain and Ireland.

Venue

United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth on Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 7:30 pm

Admission

Single Tickets to non-Members: £18. Tickets to Ordinary Members £15

Accompanied children Free. Unaccompanied and students under 25 - Half Price.

Programme

J S Bach: Sonata for solo violin in A minor

Schubert: Grand Duo in A

Poulenc: Sonata

Debussy: En Bateau

Debussy: Beau Soir

Ysaye: Caprice d’après l’étude en forme de valse de Saint-Saens Opus 52

Artist Details

This concert is sponsored by the Countess of Munster Trust who have chosen Emmanuel Bach for their list of current artists.

He has performed concertos by Brahms, Paganini and Tchaikovsky. A dedicated chamber musician, he currently leads the Bach String Quartet. He gave the first public performance in the UK of Lennox Berkeley’s Violin Sonata No.1. Later this year, he will record a CD of miniatures and encore pieces.

“An outstanding violinist with a great future ahead of him.”

Luka Okros is a top prize winner at 10 international piano competitions, and has performed in 30 countries. He debuted at the Carnegie Hall and the Wigmore Hall.

Gould Piano Trio

Tuesday 11th December 2018

Venue

United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth on Tuesday 11th December 2018 at 7:30 pm

Admission

Single Tickets to non-Members: £18. Tickets to Ordinary Members £15

Accompanied children Free. Unaccompanied and students under 25 - Half Price.

Programme

Beethoven: Piano Trio in C minor Opus 1 No 3

Macmillan: Piano Trio No 2

Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor Opus 15

Artist Details

The Gould Piano Trio comprises Benjamin Frith (piano), Lucy Gould (violin) and Richard Lester (cello).

Directly compared to the great Beaux Arts Trio for their “musical fire” and “dedication to the genre” in the Washington Post, the Gould Trio have remained at the forefront of the international chamber music scene for a quarter of a century.

Commissioning and performing new works is an important part of the trio’s philosophy of staying creative and freshly inspired. MacMillan’s 2nd Piano Trio was commissioned by them and premiered at the Bath International Festival in 2014.

They have made extensive tours of North America, the Far East, New Zealand and Sweden, with concerts throughout Europe. When not playing, they find master-classes and coaching a revitalising part of their schedule, particularly as Artists in Residence at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where they each hold a fellowship.

Endellion String Quartet

Tuesday 15th January 2019

Venue

United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth on Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 7:30 pm

Admission

Single Tickets to non-Members: £18. Tickets to Ordinary Members £15

Accompanied children Free. Unaccompanied and students under 25 - Half Price.

Programme

Haydn: Quartet Opus 74 No 3 (“The Rider”)

Bartok: Quartet No 2

Beethoven: Quartet in C sharp minor, Opus 131

Artist Details

Andrew Watkinson and Ralph de Souza, violins, Garfield Jackson (viola) and David Waterman (cello)

The Endellion are currently celebrating 40 years as one of the finest quartets in the world.  Three of their original founding members continue to play in the quartet, which began in January 1979. Ralph de Souza joined them thirty-one years ago in 1986.  After they performed a Beethoven Cycle at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Strad Magazine marvelled over ‘the trust and risk-taking that comes from years of playing together – [it] was a true delight.’ Their vast discography includes, as well as much of the standard canon, works by Walton, Amy Beach, Barber  and Adès.

Venue

Christ Church, Sullart Street, Cockermouth (note different venue) on Tuesday 26th February 2019 at 7:30 pm

Admission

Single Tickets to non-Members: £23. Tickets to Ordinary Members £20

Accompanied children Free. Unaccompanied and students under 25 - Half Price.

Programme

Arnold: Sinfonietta No 1

Mozart: Violin Concerto No 5 in A

Grace Williams: Elegy

Mozart: Symphony No 40 in G minor

Artist Details

This concert is in association with Orchestras Live

The Northern Chamber Orchestra is one of the country’s top professional chamber orchestras and has received critical acclaim for its diverse and exciting concerts and for its many recordings. Its expansive orchestral repertoire includes challenging works and new pieces by contemporary composers. The NCO is also highly regarded for its inspiring learning and outreach programmes and for its engaging teacher training initiatives. The NCO is the ‘Orchestra in Residence’ at Buxton Festival and Manchester Metropolitan University, and has a special learning and performance partnership with Chetham’s School of Music.

Chloë Hanslip  has already established herself as an artist of distinction on the international stage. Prodigiously talented, she made her BBC Proms debut in 2002 and her US concerto debut in 2003, and has performed at major venues in the UK , Austria, Germany, France, Russia, Japan and South Korea.

Tom Poster (piano)

Tuesday 12th March 2019

Venue

United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth on Tuesday 12th March 2019 at 7:30 pm

Admission

Single Tickets to non-Members: £18. Tickets to Ordinary Members £15

Accompanied children Free. Unaccompanied and students under 25 - Half Price.

Programme

Beethoven: Sonata in E flat Opus 7

Impromptus by Liszt, Mussorgsky, Schubert

Nocturnes by Maria Szymanowska, Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Chopin

Ravel: La Valse

Artist Details

Tom Poster is a musician whose skills and passions extend well beyond the conventional role of the concert pianist. In demand internationally as soloist and chamber musician across an unusually extensive repertoire, he has been described as “a marvel, [who] can play anything in any style” (The Herald) and “mercurially brilliant” (The Strad). He made his London concert debut at the age of 13 and has appeared in a wide-ranging concerto repertoire of over 40 major works.  His recording partners include Jennifer Pike and Alison Balsom, for whom he has also composed pieces to commission.  Tom also regularly features as soloist on film soundtracks, including the Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning score for The Theory of Everything.