Cockermouth Music Society

Upcoming Concerts & Events


Venue

Christ Church, South Street, Cockermouth on Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 7:30 pm

Admission

With the support of:

                                                          Abbeyfield Society Community First Fund

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

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

Tickets: Members £18; non-Members £20.

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

Programme

Haydn: Symphony No 49 ‘La Passione’

Mozart: Piano Concerto K414

Holst: St Pauls Suite

Mozart: Symphony No 29

Artist Details

Viv McLean won First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona. He has performed at all the major venues in the UK as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA.

Viv’s concerto work includes appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra of the Swan, London Concert Orchestra, Scottish Concert Orchestra and the National Musicians’ Symphony Orchestra.

Viv studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he held the Hodgson Fellowship and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 2005. He made his Wigmore Hall recital debut through winning the Friends of the Royal Academy Wigmore Award. Whilst studying at the Academy, he was the piano winner at the Royal Overseas-League Music Competition and was selected as one of three winners of the National Federation of Music Societies’ Young Artists Competition, leading to various recitals and concerto appearances throughout Great Britain.

Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 since making his recital debut through the BBC Radio 3 Young Artists Forum scheme and has also recorded recitals for Classic FM, WDR Radio in Germany, Radio France, ABC Radio in Australia, NRK Radio in Norway and for the Sky Arts television channel. His commercial releases include recordings for such labels as Sony Classical Japan, Naxos, Nimbus and the RPO label.

The Northern Chamber Orchestra celebrates its 50th Anniversary in the 2017 / 2018 season.  It 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, Manchester Metropolitan University and Blackburn Cathedral and has a special learning and performance partnership with Chetham’s School of Music.

Venue

United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth on Tuesday 19th December 2017 at 7:30 pm

Admission

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

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

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

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

Programme

Using no mirth-control Joglaresa blow the dust off medieval song and romp through Christmas Past - with medieval and folk song as a springboard for their invention.

Amongst their own newly-composed carols such as A Lovely Rose and a mashup of rapper Flo Rida’s You Spin My Head Round with a medieval motet, there will also be Blow, Blow thou Winter Wind by Orlando Gough.

With fidel, harp, bells, bagpipes, dulcimer and voices Joglaresa ring in Christmas and New Year.

Artist Details

Directed by Belinda Sykes, this London-based ensemble has been playing since 1992. Now well-established, they are particularly interesting for the way in which they imaginatively push, and often transcend, the limits of what is often thought of as early music.

They were the first medieval band to develop a programme of songs entirely devoted to Mary Magdalen, and they were pioneers in programming medieval Jewish and Arabic texts for otherwise more-commonplace Iberian and Crusades programmes - their Crusades programme (The Scimitar and the Sword) represents the voices of Judaism and Islam alongside the Christian viewpoint, and their Arts Council-award-winning programme of medieval Hebrew/Arabic/Spanish song (Dreams of Andalusia) includes songs by medieval Arab-Andalusian poets and Spanish-Hebrew poets.

Their work focuses on connecting ancient and traditional musics but, rather than create a ‘fusion’ or a surreal mix of these styles, they aim to use their combined experiences (upbringings drenched in traditional Irish, English, Maghrebi, Balkan and Middle Eastern music) to create a homogenous sound - Joglaresa members spent years in North Africa and the Middle East absorbing the best traditional tunes, learning the local languages (Arabic and Hebrew).

Their performances include the Aldeburgh Festival, York Early Music Festival, London’s Lufthansa Festival, the Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), St David’s Hall (Cardiff), London’s Barbican Centre, Sana’a & Aden (Yemen), Brezice Early Music Festival (Slovenia), Istanbul, Amsterdam International Festival of Jewish Music, Chinchilla Early Music Festival; tours in Germany, Belgium, Italy and Holland. Numerous radio broadcasts - the world over…

Artington Quartet

Tuesday 16th January 2018

Venue

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

Admission

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

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

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

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

Programme

Borodin: String Quartet No 2

Beethoven: String Quartet Op 18 No 2 in G Major

Shostakovich: String Quartet No 8

Artist Details

The Artington String Quartet is made up of 4 musicians who live within 5 miles of Artington between Guildford and Godalming in Surrey.  Between them they have over 75 years of experience working as professional musicians in the U.K. and abroad. The quartet intends to explore and share the rich and wonderful repertoire of the String Quartet from Haydn to the present day.

Their chamber music and solo performing has taken them to countries such as China, Mexico, Israel and Egypt. The quartet’s members have won various prizes for excellence in chamber music performance and played in venues such as “Bellas Artes” in Mexico City, the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St.Martin’s in the Fields and the Electric Theatre, Guildford!

Mal, Catherine, Emily, and Jonny have worked with orchestras such as the B.B.C. Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, English National Ballet, RTE Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.  There is more information about each of them on the quartet’s website.

Venue

United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 8:30 pm

Admission

Supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust

Please note the change in soloist: Daniel Shao instead of Sarah Bennett

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

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

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

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

Programme

J S Bach: Sonata in E Flat Major

Bartok: Hungarian Peasant Suite

Tchaikowsky: Lensky’s Aria from Eugen Onegin

Hamilton Harty: In Ireland

Poulenc: Sonata

Schubert: Standchen

Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Prokofiev: Sonata

Artist Details

Daniel Shao was born in 1995, and is currently studying for an MA at the Royal Academy of Music in London, supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Before this, Daniel read for BA in music at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, from where he graduated with first class honours. He previously attended the Purcell School.

Daniel often plays as an orchestral flautist including as principal flute with the Britten-Pears Orchestra, Janus Ensemble and Oxford University Orchestra, and was co-principal of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the London Schools Symphony. He was selected for the London Symphony Orchestra Academy 2015, and this year has successful auditioned for the Music Academy of the West and Lucerne Festival Academy. 

Daniel has won prizes in several competitions including 1st prizes at the British Flute Society Competition Class B, International Award ‘Carl Reinecke’ in Italy (Junior Category) and 2nd prizes in the Bromsgrove and Ernest Bloch International Competitions. He was a wind finalist of BBC Young Musician 2014 and was the joint winner of the Felsenstein Leavers Award at the Purcell School. Additional prizes include Newbury Young Musician of the Year, Gregynog Young Wind Player of the year, and 1st prizes in the Oxford Philomusica and Brighton ‘Springboard’ concerto competitions.  

Daniel has played concertos with orchestras including the Oxford Philharmonic, Amadeus Orchestra, and Kingston Chamber Orchestra, and has performed solo recitals at venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, and broadcast on BBC4. 

Daniel is extremely interested in new music, and has commissioned and premiered new pieces for the flute by young composers.

 Daniel King Smith has given concerts all over the world as both soloist and accompanist. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he won the Harold Craxton and Max Pirani prizes for Chamber Music and others for his all-round musical ability. 

His extensive concerto repertoire, featuring works by Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Gershwin, Ravel and Mozart, has led to many concerto performances in the UK and around Europe, including the Royal Festival Hall, London, various theatres in Cataluña, Spain, and San Stefano al Ponte, Florence.

Accompaniment and chamber music are a major part of Daniel’s life and he is currently staff accompanist at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and at the Purcell School leading to concerts for Prince Charles and at the Wigmore Hall. He also regularly accompanies at the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music and for Philharmonia Orchestra and South Bank Sinfonia auditions.

Daniel has performed on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Ulster as part of the Belfast Festival, Northern Ireland, and appeared in the televised finals of BBC Young Musician of the Year 1996 as soloist and regularly since then as accompanist. In September 2003 he played as orchestral pianist with the Philharmonia Orchestra. He has also recorded a number of CDs, including a recent release with clarinettist Anna Hashimoto on the Meridian label.

Rautio Piano trio

Tuesday 13th March 2018

Venue

United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth on Tuesday 13th March 2018 at 7:30 pm

Admission

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

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

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

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

Programme

Mozart: Piano Trio in B Flat KV502

Faure: Piano trio Op. 120 in D minor

Beethoven: Piano trio in B flat Op. 97 ‘Archduke’

Artist Details

The award-winning Rautio Piano Trio is one of Britain’s most dynamic chamber ensembles, critically acclaimed for their innovative programming and captivating performances. The Trio give highly imaginative concerts incorporating rarely performed works with the cornerstones of the repertoire, and regularly use historical instruments for their performances of 18th and 19th century music. In June they released a disc of Mozart Piano Trios with Resonus Classics, hailed by the Observer as ‘an impressive achievement’. This was recorded on a fortepiano belonging to the late Christopher Hogwood.

The Rautio Trio have given multiple performances at the Wigmore Hall, South Bank, Bridgewater Hall, live on BBC Radio 3, throughout the UK and in France, Austria, Germany and Israel. The Trio’s programming also features 20th century and contemporary music including premieres of new works. In 2015 they curated a special Shostakovich concert at Kings Place, ‘Approaching the Iron Curtain’, where they celebrated the composer’s life and music on the 40th anniversary of his death. Other highlights include performing at the Hambacher Musikfest in Germany, SOUND contemporary music festival in Scotland, English Haydn Festival, Pablo Casals Festival in France and at the Haydn-Saal in Vienna. In 2016 the Trio explored the often neglected trios of Johann Christian Bach (the ‘London Bach’) which they first performed for the London Bach Society BachFest in 2014. A Mendelssohn and JC Bach cycle featured with double concerts at the Cobbe Collection of historical instruments and at St George’s Bristol.

The Rautio Piano Trio was formed at the Royal Academy of Music and IMS Prussia Cove. They have been recipients of numerous awards from the Tillett Trust, Worshipful Company of Musicians, Park Land Group, Musician’s Benevolent Fund Ensemble Award, English Speaking Union and held a Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music.

Details of the members, Jane Gordon (violin), Victoria Simonsen (cello) and Jan Rautio (piano) are available on their website.