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 the 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.

Gábor Takács-Nagy (Director)

Gábor Takács-Nagy has been the musical director of the Manchester Camerata since 2011.  He began to study the violin at the age of eight. As a student of the Franz Liszt Academy, he won First Prize in 1979 in the Jeno Hubay Violin Competition.  In 1998 he established the Mikrokosmos string quartet with compatriots Zoltan Tuska, Sandor Papp and Miklos Perényi, recording in 2008 the complete cycle of Bartok’s string Quartets for which they were awarded the ‘Excellencia’ prize by Pizzicato Magazine.

In 2002, following in a long-line of Hungarian musical tradition, Gábor Takács-Nagy turned to conducting, creating in 2005 his own string ensemble, the Camerata Bellerive as orchestra-in-residence at the annual Festival de Bellerive in Geneva. In 2006 he became the Music Director of the Weinberger Kammerorchestra and in August 2007, the Music Director of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. The VFCO performs every summer in the Verbier Festival and also in numerous European and Asian cities throughout the year. With the VFCO he regularly collaborates with Martha Argerich, Joshua Bell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Vadim Repin and Emmanuel Ax as well as singers Frederica von Stade, Barbara Bonney and Angelika Kirschlager. A DVD of the performances of Beethoven’s 2nd piano concerto and Shostakovich’s concerto for piano, trumpet and strings with Martha Argerich, David Guerrier and the VFCO was released in June 2011.

From 2010 until 2012 he was Music Director of the MAV Symphony Orchestra Budapest and recorded as world premier the epic “Bards of Wales” oratorio by Karl Jenkins. Since September 2011, he is Music Director of Manchester Camerata, and since September 2012 is Principal Guest Conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. From January 2013 he will also be Principal Artistic Partner of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Gábor is a dedicated and highly sought-after chamber music teacher. He is Professor of String Quartet at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva and International Chair in Chamber Music at the Royal Northern College of Music. In June 2012 he was awarded honorary membership of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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