The 22nd Annual Jacqueline du Pré Charity Concert
Tuesday 28 March 2017, 7.45pm, Wigmore Hall
Steven Isserlis and six outstanding emerging soloists play for The Royal Society of Musicians’ annual fundraising concert at Wigmore Hall. The main evening performance begins at 7.45pm and features three works:
Antonin Dvořák Terzetto Op. 74 for two violins and viola
Zoltán Kodály Duo for Violin and Cello Op. 7
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence Op. 70
Meanwhile, the six Kronberg Academy musicians perform as soloists in a showcase event beginning at 5.30pm. This event is free to ticketholders of the main event, or tickets can be purchased separately for £6.
These two events are generously sponsored by J & A Beare and Beare’s International Violin Society.
Steven Isserlis cello
Soloists of the Kronberg Academy:
William Hagen violin
Ziyu Shen viola
Stephen Waarts violin
Pablo Ferrández cello
Timothy Ridout viola
Kian Soltani cello
The Royal Society of Musicians is delighted to announce that Judith Weir CBE has been appointed President of the Society with immediate effect
Having graduated from Cambridge University and following time at Tanglewood, Judith spent several years working in schools and adult education in rural southern England; followed by a period based in Scotland, teaching at Glasgow University and RSAMD. As resident composer with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in the 1990s, Judith wrote several works for orchestra and chorus which were premiered by the orchestra’s then Music Director, Sir Simon Rattle OM CBE. She has also been commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta; and has written concert works for some notable singers, including Jane Manning OBE, Dawn Upshaw, Jessye Norman and Alice Coote.
Judith has had a long association with Spitalfields Music Festival; and in recent years has taught as a visiting professor at Princeton, Harvard and Cardiff universities. Honours for her work include the Critics’ Circle, South Bank Show, Elise L Stoeger and Ivor Novello awards, a CBE (1995) and the Queen’s Medal for Music (2007). In January 2015 she became Associate Composer to the BBC Singers.
In 2014 Judith was appointed Master of The Queen’s Music in succession to the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CH CBE, who also held the position of President of the Society until his death earlier this year. Judith’s appointment within the Society continues this very special link in what has become a significant year not only for our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, but also for The Royal Society of Musicians.
Judith Weir comments:
“It is a great honour to take up the role of President of the RSM, succeeding our wonderful colleague, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. In difficult times for funding of the arts, the work of this venerable Society, supporting the welfare of musicians as it has done for nearly three hundred years, is ever more vital. I am glad to have the opportunity to add my own support.”
The Royal Society of Musicians is deeply saddened to announce the death of its President Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CH CBE. Universally acknowledged as one of the foremost composers of our time, Sir Peter has made a significant contribution to musical history through his wide-ranging and prolific output. Society Member and former Creative Director of Schott Music, Sally Groves has paid the following tribute:
“Max was a truly unique musician. A remarkable composer who created music theatre works of searing power, great symphonies, intense chamber music, works of truly universal popularity. A fierce fighter for music in the community and in education, and on environmental issues. And a man of invincible integrity, a true friend and a teller of truth to power. He lived in the world, even though he seemed far away in Hoy or in Sanday, and he put his beliefs into action, whether it was to found a music festival for his fellow Orkadians which became an international success, bring music-making to a wider public through his time as Master of the Queen’s Music, or to march against the Iraq invasion. He loved life – and particularly the food and culture of Italy. The last years, even when battling against the leukaemia which came on him so suddenly, were an Indian Summer of wonderful, richly imagined works which brought him admiration from his fellow composers and warm responses from audiences.
Honoured by many institutions worldwide, and made a Companion of Honour in 2015, Max was particularly delighted to receive the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal in February this year.”
We were honoured to have Sir Peter as our President and his name will live on through the Society, having been a former resident of our new home at 26 Fitzroy Square:
“I had a flat there in the late ’60s and early ’70s on the piano mobile in 26 Fitzroy Square! And a lot of Eight Songs for a Mad King, in collaboration with Roy Hart, the first Mad King, was worked out overlooking the Square. Roy could not be discreet, and made all the noises at the top of his voice, much to the distress of the Chinese Quarterly in particular, below. I have lovely memories of 26 Fitzroy Square, and hope that, if you stay there late at night, you don’t hear ghostly echoes of the first experiments with Eight Songs.”
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CH CBE, born 8 September 1934, died 14 March 2016.