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


United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth on Tuesday 13th December 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.


Bach: Sonata in E Flat BWV 1031

Thea Musgrave: Night Windows

York Bowen: Oboe Sonata

Pavel Haas: Suite

Schumann: Drei Stucke in Volkston

Bach: Sonata in G minor BWV 10306

Artist Details

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

Nicholas Daniel’s long and distinguished career began when, at the age of 18, he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and went on to win further competitions in Europe. As one of the UK’s most distinguished soloists as well as a highly successful conductor, he has become an important ambassador for music and musicians in many different fields. In recognition of this, he was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Medal for Music.  Nicholas has been heard on every continent, and has been a concerto soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors.

In addition to his extensive experience in Baroque and 19th-century music, he is an important force in the creation and performance of new repertoire for oboe, and has premiered works by composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Henri Dutilleux, Thea Musgrave, Nigel Osborne, John Tavener, Sir James MacMillan and Sir Michael Tippett. His recording of oboe concertos by Vaughan Williams and Sir James MacMillan was awarded the BBC Music Magazine Premiere Award in 2016.

An active chamber musician, Nicholas is a founder member of both the Haffner Wind Ensemble and the Britten Oboe Quartet, whose debut disc of oboe quartets will be released on the Harmonia Mundi label early 2017. He also regularly works with the pianists Charles Owen and Julius Drake, and with many wonderful string quartets including the Carducci and Vogler quartets.

Nicholas Daniel is proud to play the world’s first ‘fair trade’ oboe, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and made especially for him specially by Marigaux in Paris.

Charles Owen (piano)

Charles Owen is recognised as one of the finest British pianists of his generation with an extensive series of performances and recordings to his name. Charles has appeared at London’s Barbican and Queen Elizabeth Hall and regularly gives recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place. Internationally he has performed at the Lincoln Center, Weill/Carnegie Hall, the Brahms Saal in Vienna’s Musikverein, the Paris Musée d’Orsay, and the Moscow Conservatoire.

Charles studied in London at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Royal College of Music with Irina Zaritskaya and later furthered his studies with Imogen Cooper and Valeria Szervánszky. He has won numerous awards, including the Silver Medal at the Scottish International Piano Competition (1995) and the 1997 Parkhouse Award with the violinist Katharine Gowers. A regular guest at many leading festivals such as Aldeburgh, Bath, Cheltenham, Leicester and West Cork , Charles has also performed concertos with the Philharmonia, Royal Scottish National, London Philharmonic and the Moscow State Academic Symphony orchestras.

Charles’ solo recordings include discs of piano music by Janácek, Poulenc and the complete Nocturnes and Barcarolles by Fauré. Together with Natalie Clein, he has recorded cello and piano sonatas by Brahms, Schubert Rachmaninov and Chopin for EMI.

Future Concerts & Events

Tuesday 24th January 2017
Tuesday 14th March 2017

Next Season

Date Concert / Event
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 Piano Trio