Peter Thomas

Dear Friends

Welcome to our 53rd season featuring some of the finest performers. Appropriately, our programme starts in October with a rousing celebration of the 75th birthday of local composer Howard Blake, OBE especially well-known for his film scores, including The Duellists, A Month in the Country and, of course, The Snowman, featuring that haunting theme Walking in the Air. Howard will be performing some of his own works, with violinist Madeleine Mitchell, a Professor of the Royal College of Music and Vice-President of KCMS.Two RCM graduates will join them.

November brings a 'literary concert' of words and music with Jessica Duchen reading from her own work, Alicia's Gift, with Viv McLean on piano, following his success last year with Divine Fire.Viv's playing commands a 'sustained level of technical mastery' (The Sunday Times).The last concert of 2013 will be our own Britten centenary commemoration, with award-winning baritone Marcus Farnsworth and celebrated pianist Simon Lepper (another RCM professor) performing a veritable festival of Britten's work.

The KCMS new year concert sees a welcome return of Polish violinist Bartosz Woroch and pianist Robert Thompson, playing works by Bach, Richard Strauss and Beethoven. Exquisite, young Guernsey-born pianist Tom Hicks returns to Leighton House in February, following the enthusiastic reception he received last year. In March we welcome accompanist William Vann in our recital London: Flower of Cities with Katie Bray (mezzo soprano) and Gareth Brynmor John (baritone).

Clare Hammond (piano) and Richard Birchall (cello) join forces in April to play works by Barber, Beethoven and Brahms. The final concert of the season will be performed by the YCAT-selected Trio Isimsiz.

I am also delighted to report that Will Vann, Director of Music at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, has agreed to act as my Co-Chairman of the Society, subject to the approval of the AGM. I very much hope that many of you will take advantage of the Friends' season ticket, attend the AGM and reinforce your championship of KCMS.

Last but not least, I must express my huge gratitude to Mountgrange Heritage, whose generous sponsorship and support enable us to continue to prosper and hire such exceptional musical talent for our audiences to enjoy in an unrivalled local venue.

Peter Thomas
Chairman
The Society is supported financially and actively by Mountgrange Heritage
KCMS is grateful for the practical support of the RBK&C's Arts Service
Registered Charity Number: 291038
Mountgrange Heritage