Cockermouth Music Society


Cockermouth Music Society’s 22nd Season promises to be as interesting and exciting as any in the past with very accomplished musicians performing as soloists or as members of ensembles.  Once again, with the support of Orchestras Live we are able to offer an orchestral concert, Manchester Camerata on 25 October 2016.

For more information about our concert dates and how to find us, visit our Facebook page, read on below or contact the Hon Secretary, Mrs Susan Allison by email

We will continue our work to engage more people in classical music through a programme of free ‘Drop in’ recitals, extending free admission to more young people.

Cockermouth Music Society is a successful society and we want to make it even more successful for the benefit of artists and audiences alike. 


Next Concert/Event

Coull Quartet

Tuesday 22nd November 2016


United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth on Tuesday 22nd November 2016 at 7:30 pm


Subscription Tickets covering all 7 Professional Concerts, Young Persons’ Concert, Members’ Concert and membership of the society £85.

Ordinary Membership £14 Senior, £5 Junior - includes tickets at reduced prices.

Tickets: Members £14; non-Members £17.

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


Mozart: String Quartet K428 in E flat

Shostakovich: String Quartet No 11 Op 122 in F minor

Beethoven: String Quartet Op 130 in B flat major & Op 133 Grose Fuge

Artist Details

The Coull Quartet

Formed in 1974 by students at the Royal Academy of Music under the guidance of renowned quartet leader, Sidney Griller, they rapidly achieved national recognition, and were appointed Quartet-in-Residence by the University of Warwick in 1977, a post which they still hold today. The Quartet, which includes two of its founder members, has performed and broadcast extensively throughout the UK, and has made tours of Western Europe, the Americas, Australia, China, India and the Far East.

Since the mid-1980s the Coull Quartet has made over 30 recordings featuring a wide selection of the repertoire closest to their hearts, from the complete Mendelssohn and Schubert quartets to 20th century and contemporary British chamber music. Their CD of quartets by Maw and Britten on the Somm label has received universal acclaim; in addition to being featured in ‘Editor’s Choice’ in The Gramophone, it was also described as the ‘Benchmark Recording’ by BBC Music Magazine. Their recordings of music by Sibelius and Ian Venables have also received excellent reviews in the major musical publications.

Roger Coull (violin)

Roger took up the violin when he was twelve, a time when he seemed to take up another interest every week, i.e. cycling, collecting coins, collecting newts, orienteering etc. His parents were convinced that this would be another flash in the pan, but somehow it stuck.  When he was sixteen he was playing a lot of orchestral music and had the opportunity to go to Germany on a music course. It was mainly orchestral but also included some singing and chamber music. He was fortunate enough to be put into a group which was to play Schubert’s quintet in C (with two cellos). Although the performance was a little rough and ready the whole experience was so wondrous for me that he decided that if he did not become a quartet player it would not be for lack of trying.

Philip Gallaway (violin)

Philip normally introduces the music.  Audiences like to feel that performers and composers are human - there are plenty of interesting and amusing anecdotes about both! He thinks a “little bit of chat before each piece” helps to get the audience in the right frame of mind for the music they are about to hear.  Among the most challenging music they have played, Bartok 5 is quite a daunting work, with its rhythmic complexities, technical difficulties, and the sheer concentration required. The Brahms quartets seem musically challenging, as do certain movements in the late Beethovens.

Jonathan Barritt (viola)

As a very versatile artist, Jonathan has managed a varied career and is much in demand as a soloist and chamber musician both in the UK and abroad. He has subsequently worked with most of the London Orchestras and has guest led the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, London Mozart Players and BBC viola sections.  He has worked with many chamber groups including Capricorn, Divertimenti, Raphael, Gaudier and Primavera ensembles and has given Quartet concerts with William Pleeth, James Galway and Kiri Ta Kanawa.

In 1995 Jonathan left the English Chamber orchestra to join the Allegri String Quartet. After six years with the quartet he returned to the ECO as principal viola.  He is a professor of viola at the Royal College of Music and the Junior Academy of Music.

Nick Roberts (cello)

Nick cannot imagine ever feeling stale and in need of a change, as the repertoire is so vast, and so many composers have written some of their best works for the medium. It also helps that he spent twenty years performing with most of the top UK ensembles and orchestras, and covered virtually every area of classical, baroque and contemporary music.  He feels as if he has ‘come home’ to quartet playing.  

He simply can’t think of a better ‘job’ than studying and playing the late Beethoven Quartets without some ghastly conductor getting in the way! To be in control of, and to be able collectively to develop our interpretations of great music over many years is a rare luxury.

Future Concerts & Events

Tuesday 24th January 2017
Tuesday 14th March 2017

Next Season

Date Concert / Event
Tuesday 22nd November 2016 Coull Quartet
Tuesday 13th December 2016 Nicholas Daniel (oboe) & Charles Owen (piano)
Tuesday 24th January 2017 Endymion Ensemble
Tuesday 21st February 2017 Alexandra Lomeiko (violin) & Antonina Suhanova (piano)
Tuesday 14th March 2017 Sitkovetsky Trio