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


Christ Church, South Street, Cockermouth on Tuesday 25th October 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 £18; non-Members £20.

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


Albinoni: Oboe Concerto Op 9 No 2 (transcribed for trumpet)

CPE Bach: Symphony in B flat major

Marcello: Trumpet Concerto

Mozart: Divertimento in F

Grieg: Holberg Suite

Deborah Pritchard: Trumpet Concerto, “Seven Halts on the Somme”

Artist Details

This concert is presented in association with Orchestras Live.

Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)

Tine Thing Helseth, 28, is from Norway and started to play trumpet at the age of 7. She is one of today’s leading trumpet soloists.

Recent engagements include her BBC Proms concerto debut at the Royal Albert Hall in the London premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Chute d’Étoiles for two trumpets and orchestra with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; her acclaimed debut at London’s Wigmore Hall; the world premiere of Bent Sørensen’s Trumpet Concerto with the Bergen Philharmonic, and further performances with the Gothenburg Symphony and Copenhagen Philharmonic orchestras; her recital debut at the Lucerne Festival; and performances with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra at the Windsor Festival and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at Perth Festival.

In early 2012, Tine released her debut discs on EMI Classics: a solo disc with RLPO, Storyteller, and a collaborative album with tenThing, 10. Tine released a further CD in March 2013 – aptly titled Tine, the disc presents a personal selection of original and transcribed works, accompanied by Kathryn Stott.

Deborah Pritchard (Composer)

Deborah was born in Kent and studied composition with Simon Bainbridge for her Master of Music Degree in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, and Robert Saxton for her DPhil in composition and critical writing at Worcester College, Oxford. She has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, released commercially by NMC, Signum and Nimbus and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Sinfonietta, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata and the English String Orchestra.

Deborah is a synaesthetic composer with many of her works written in response to visual artworks including her trumpet concerto in tonight’s programme, which is inspired by the series of oil paintings ‘Seven Halts on the Somme’ by artist Hughie O’Donoghue. O’Donoghue’s paintings mark seven stopping points for British soldiers during the Battle of the Somme with each painting holding a striking motif that acts as a portal to enter the narrative. The essence of the past is trapped in a layering of vibrant colours and creative textures in the viscous yet fluid medium of oil paint and, as with all works by O’Donoghue, there is a deeply personal and almost forensic element to the seven large-scale abstract canvasses, with each painting representing a commemoration of an individual life. The paintings were first exhibited at Eton College in 2014.

Adi Brett (Director)

Adi was born in Brighton and started playing the violin aged four. At the age of 14, she was awarded a Government scholarship to the Purcell School of Music where she subsequently won their concerto competition, culminating in a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto no.1 at St. John’s Smith Square, London. Continuing her studies with Yossi Zivoni, Adi gained a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music where she won numerous prizes for chamber music and for solo performances as well as leading all of the College orchestras.

In 1997, Adi was generously awarded postgraduate funding by The Countess of Munster Trust, The Ian Fleming Trust and The Martin Trust to study with celebrated pedagogue Lorand Fenyves at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. Meanwhile, Adi was also invited to both Aspen and Banff summer music festivals, performing in the master classes of Dorothy DeLay, Donald Weilerstein, Glenn Dicterow and Peter Zazofsky.

On her return from Canada, Adi won the position of Principal no.4 1st violin in the Hallé Orchestra, and was promoted to no.3 in 2002. After eight years with the Hallé she made the decision to pursue a freelance career, and since then has been guest leader for The RLPO, BBC Philharmonic and Scottish Orchestras and Manchester Camerata. She was appointed Associate Leader with Manchester Camerata in 2011 and became Leader in June 2014.

Adi is a founder member of the Manchester Piano Trio, and Violin tutor at Junior RNCM. She plays a 1752 Guadagnini violin kindly on extended loan to Manchester Camerata by arts philanthropist Jonathan Moulds CBE.

The Manchester Camerata

The orchestra’s primary concert venue is The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. It also presents concerts at the Royal Northern College of Music in the same city. In addition, the orchestra gives run-out and residency concerts in various cities in the North of England, including Kingston upon Hull, Sheffield, Leeds, Kendal, Whitby, Keswick, Bradford, Stamford, Crewe, Colne, Stafford, Ulverstone and now Cockermouth. The orchestra appeared annually at the Rasiguères Festival of Music and Wine, held near Perpignan, France, which Moura Lympany established in 1981.[1]

In 1972, Raph Gonley, a music producer at BBC Radio Manchester, founded the orchestra. Gonley ran the Camerata until 1975. Funding for the Camerata after its initial period came from the Greater Manchester Council. The Camerata became an autonomous organisation in 1979.[2]

The Camerata’s first principal conductor was Frank Cliff, who served from 1972 to 1977. Subsequent principal conductors have included Szymon Goldberg, Manoug Parikian, Nicholas Braithwaite, and Sachio Fujioka. Braithwaite had also been principal guest conductor of the orchestra from 1977 to 1984. Douglas Boyd was principal conductor of the orchestra from 2001 to 2011. In March 2010, the orchestra announced the appointment of Gábor Takács-Nagy as the orchestra’s newest principal conductor, effective September 2011.[3] Nicholas Kraemer serves as the Camerata’s permanent guest conductor.

Future Concerts & Events

Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Tuesday 24th January 2017
Tuesday 14th March 2017

Next Season

Date Concert / Event
Tuesday 25th October 2016 Manchester Camerata with Tine Thing Helseth (trumpet)
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