Dear Friends

A very warm welcome to the 2014-2015 season of the Kensington and Chelsea Music Society.

We begin the season in fine style with two international operatic stars, Anita Watson (soprano) and Brindley Sherratt (bass), for a wonderful celebration of the 150th birthday year of Richard Strauss. Our Co-Chairman William Vann, who will accompany them on the piano,

has devised a fascinating programme exploring the genesis and apotheosis of Strauss's songs. In November the Linos Piano Trio will perform a selection of exquisite works by C.P.Bach, Schumann and Beethoven. Described as one of the most outstanding ensembles of their generation, thei combination of musical ambition and tenacity will guarantee them a brilliant future.

For the first concert of the 2015 we welcome back pianist Jayson Gilham, who since playing for us in November 2011 has added many awards to his impressive collection, not least first prize in the Montreal International Music Competition in June this year. We can look forward to a captivating performance.

In February we will hear the rare combination of flautist Katherine Bryan and pianist Jennie-Helen Moston. Katherine creates a range of sound from the flute that simply has to be witnessed live and Jennie-Helen's playing is every bit as sensitive to the occasion. The following month we will enjoy another outstanding musical partnership Ewa Mizerska (cello) and Emma Abbate (piano), who have made many critically acclaimed recordings featuring some notable - but sometimes forgotten - composers.

Mengyang Pan's performance for us in December 2012 left a lasting mark with its power and enchantment. We are delighted to welcome her back next April. Finally, the Trio Isimsiz, who concluded our 2014 season, gave us such a perfect May concert that we immediately invited them back for more. They continue to amaze their audiences wherever they perform.

On a more pratical note, we will be looking for a new sponsor of KCMS as Mountgrange Heritage, who have most generously supported KCMS over eight successive years, will be ending their lead sponsorship. We are actively seeking a new lead sponsor, who will benefit from the association with our unique society, whilst enabling us to continue to showcase up and coming musical talent by giving them the opportunity to perform for us in Leighton House.

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



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