Dear Friends

A very warm welcome to the 2015-2016 season of the Kensington and Chelsea Music Society.

The Kensington & Chelsea Music Society, now into its 55th year, is delighted to welcome Killik & Co as the new corporate sponsor of our season of concerts. The Friends of KCMS and Committee Members are most grateful to Killik & Co for their financial support.

Our opening concert is a celebration of Ian Venables' recent 60th Birthday. Ian Venables is regarded as one of Britain's foremost composers of art-song & is described by BBC Music as "a song composer as fine as Finzi & Gurney." The special concert is devised by William Vann in conjunction with the composer, the tenor Nicky Spence and Max Welford, on clarinet.

Clare Hammond delighted our audience in April 2014 and this time returns with Sara Trickey and Gregor Riddell. Having established the Odysseus Piano Trio, they will perform for us some of the most inspiring (and sometimes eerie) music ever written for Piano Trio.

The dazzling virtuosity of the compositions included in dynamic Hamish Dustagheer's recital speaks volumes for an exciting evening of piano playing.

An evening when local composers, August Derbyshire, and Neil Crossland are celebrated. As the former is a KCMS Friend the concert promises to be a very special occasion indeed. 6. Kathleen Ferrier Prizewinner's Recital - Gemma Lois Summerfield is a double award winner, winning both the prestigious 1st Prize and the Loveday Song Prize for interpretation. 7. The programme will centre round the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Guy Johnston's cello, made by David Tecchler, one of the most prominent makers of string instruments.

We conclude in a glorious evening of entirely English compositions with the CEOL, led by Peter Fisher. The Chamber Ensemble of London performed for us in 2012 at the Children's Charity Concert in St George's Church, Aubrey Walk. We are delighted to welcome them back.

We hope you will enjoy this splendid programme and look forward to seeing you again in ever greater numbers.

Peter Thomas Co-Chairman & William Vann Co-Chairman


21 October 2015
KCMS Annual General Meeting
in the Drawing Room, Leighton house
at 6pm


Music at Leighton House
at 7:30pm

21 October 2015
60th Birthday Celebration of Composer Ian Venerables with musicians
Nicky Spence tenor
Max Welford clarinet
and WILLIAM VANN piano

17 November 2015
Sarah Trickey violin
Gregor Riddell cello
Clare Hammond piano

12 January 2016
Hamish Dustagheer piano recital

9 February 2016
Mark Wilson violin
Michael Kwan baritone
Neil Crossland piano

16 March 2016
Kathleen Ferrier Prizewinner's recital with Gemma Lois Summerfield soprano
Sebastian Wybrew piano

19 April 2016
Guy Johnston cello
Will Vann piano

17 May 2016
Chamber Ensemble of London (CEOL)
conducted by Peter Fisher

All tickets £20 (Students £10). The price of the ticket includes a glass of wine/fruit juice during the interval.


The Society is supported financially and actively by Killik & Co
KCMS is grateful for the practical support of the RBK&C's Arts Service
Registered Charity Number: 291038