Callum Smart & Richard Uttley

Callum Smart
(photo: Patrick Allen, Operaomnia.co.uk)
Thursday 23 July, 2015, 7:30pm

Programme to include music for violin and piano by Ravel and Poulenc.

Tickets: £10 on the door (under-18s FREE)

Callum Smart attracted wide public attention at the age of thirteen having won the strings category of the 2010 BBC Young Musicians Competition. Also, in 2010, he became the top European prize-winner in the Oslo Menuhin Competition.

He has since appeared at a number of European festivals including the Dvorak Festival in Prague, the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Les Sommets Musicaux in Gstaad and the Valdres Sommersymfoni Festival with pianist Gordon Back, Mecklenburg Vorpommern with the Polish Chamber Orchestra and the Malmö International String Festival with Jonas Vitaud. UK recitals include Birmingham, the Cheltenham Festival, Glasgow, Leeds, the Lichfield Festival, Manchester, Newport and Perth. In March 2016 he gives recital performances with Richard Uttley in Birmingham, London’s Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin and the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris.

Last season Callum made his Royal Festival Hall debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto under Michael Collins. Previous concerto appearances include venues such as Cadogan Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and performances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with the Glazunov Concerto under Grant Llewellyn and Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 as part of a North Wales tour with Nicholas Collon, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2 in Liverpool with Vasily Petrenko, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.5 with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, and Britten’s Violin Concerto with the Chethams Symphony Orchestra at Lichfield and Cheltenham Festivals and the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. In 2013 he made his North American debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Grant Llewellyn, as well as performing Tchaikovsky’s Concerto with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera.

Born in Bradford, Richard Uttley studied at Cambridge University, graduating with a double first, and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he became a Fellow between 2010-2012. He was selected by YCAT in 2011. Over the last year Richard has performed Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with Rolf Hind in Galway, premiered a new collaborative work by Dobrinka Tabakova at the South Bank Centre and in Glasgow, and returned as soloist to Wigmore Hall. He has given recitals at The Sage Gateshead and Wigmore Hall with Mark Simpson broadcast live by Radio 3, and with Huw Watkins for the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

A passionate exponent of new music, Richard has recorded music by Andriessen and Ferneyhough for Radio 3 and released two discs of 20th and 21st Century piano music to critical acclaim. In 2014 he was invited to join Thomas Adès’s class at IMS Prussia Cove, and this autumn releases a third CD exploring symmetry and life cycles including Marvin Wolfthal’s Lulu Fantasy.


Lunchtime Recital 20th June

Ellen Smith (soprano) and Paul Clark (piano)
Saturday 20th June, 12:30
at King Charles

Free entry

Art songs and chansons by Frank Bridge, Michael Head, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Ireland, Sergei Rachmaninov, Gabriel Faure, Claude Debussy, Henri Duparc and Francis Poulenc.

This event is being held as part of the King Charles the Martyr Creative Arts Week, which also features a special Songs of Praise service at 6:30pm on Sunday 21st June.


Bach Concerts in Penshurst Church

We are delighted to promote the "Soundness Festival" in neighbouring Penshurst.

Tuesday 16th June 7:00 pm
Sunday 28th June 7:00 pm
Ken Aiso, violin, and Andrew Skidmore, cello

Tuesday 16th June
J.S. Bach Sonata No.1 in g minor for violin solo
J.S. Bach Partita No.1 in b minor for violin solo
J.S. Bach Suite No.2 in d minor for cello solo
J.S. Bach Sonata No.3 in C major for violin solo

Sunday 28th June
J.S. Bach Sonata No.2 in a minor for violin solo
J.S. Bach Partita No.2 in d minor for violin solo
J.S. Bach Suite No.3 in C major for cello solo
J.S. Bach Partita No.3 in E major for violin solo

Venue St. John the Baptist, Penshurst TN11 8DL
Tickets £10 on the door: reservation by email to kenaiso@gmail.com


Autumn Season 2015: dates for diaries

Here is some advance notice of current concert plans this autumn.

Saturday 19 September: Music by the Bach Family, with Music for Awhile: Margaret Faultless (violin), Rachel Stroud (violin) and Tom Foster (harpsichord). This concert is generously sponsored by The Cecil King Memorial Foundation enabling all proceeds to go towards the upkeep of the church.

Thursday 24 September: Recital by Felicity Lott, Michael Collins and Michael McHale (Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival)

Saturday 10 October: "Evening in the Palace of Reason" - Johann Sebastian Bach at the Court of King Frederick the Great, with William Summers (flute), Diane Moore (violin), Ibrahim Aziz (viola da gamba) and Yeo-Yat Soon (harpsichord).

Saturday 17 October: Carl Nielsen 150th Anniversary Recital, with Peter Arnold (piano) and Liz Partridge (violin).

Booking information and further concert details will follow.


Spring Concert, 25 April

Saturday, 25 April, 7:30pm

For the Spring season, we present a concert of favourite works from the cathedral repertoire, with the King Charles Singers.  We'll be singing music from across the centuries, and showing how the English choral tradition benefits so greatly by its imports from abroad!

This event is to raise finds for the next concert season, so all support is hugely welcome.

The King Charles Singers are accompanied by Michael Bacon.

Tickets may be purchased on the door, at £10. There is no charge for under-18s. Drinks will be available.


Soundness Festival

We are delighted to recommend the Soundness Festival 2015, run by violinist Ken Aiso.

17-19 April
Hourne Farm, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 2SR

Music affects us at many different levels - from being pleasing to the ears to benefiting mental and physical health at deeper level. At the Soundness Festival, we can experience receiving and giving music in a friendly and informal setting.

info@soundnessfestival.co.uk / 07561 860104


"A wonderful occasion to relax from the everyday life, and dive into interesting musical concept and meditative spheres."


Thanks for a great year!

For Music at King Charles, 2014 was a magnificent year. Many thanks to all our supporters, who were able to enjoy music by the Temenos Chamber Choir, the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, Nana Mzhavanadze (voice), Martin Fogel (guitar), Ken Aiso (violin), the Pentagon String Ensemble, Follia, Yeo Yat-Soon (harpsichord), the Dulcinea String Quartet, Ellen Smith (harp), Michael Grant (clarinet), the Schubert Ensemble, Michael Collins (clarinet), Nigel Clayton (piano), the RPO Soloists (leader Clio Gould), Margaret Faultless (violin), Kate Semmens (soprano), Robin Jeffrey (lute), Steven Devine (harpsichord), and the King Charles Singers.
Next year, 2015, already has some exciting prospects. We look forward to letting you know!
In the meantime, we wish all lovers of chamber music a very Happy Christmas.


Family Christmas concert

Saturday 13 December, 6:30pm

We're delighted to present an early evening concert for Christmas, with singers, instruments, organ and audience carols! And all FREE for under-18s.

Pentagon String Ensemble
Members of the King Charles Singers
Michael Bacon, organ
Ellen Smith, harp

There's a hugely varied programme with something for everyone; old favourites like White Christmas and The Snowman, classics like Corelli's Christmas Concerto and extracts from Handel's Messiah, and traditional carols for audience.

Tickets are just £11 in advance (£12.50 on the door) and it's FREE for children.
See www.mkctw.ticketsource.co.uk for booking.

The members of the Pentagon Ensemble have performed as Principal players with orchestras including London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Halle Orchestra and Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. As chamber musicians they have collaborated with such artists as Alfred Brendel, Thomas Zehetmair, Ruth Killius, Heinz Holliger, Christian Zacharias, the Soloists of the Philharmonia and the Soloists of the LPO.

Ellen Smith is a professional singers and harpist, and regularly plays for orchestral concerts and ensemble engagements. Particular highlights include performances of Britten's Ceremony of Carols in Westminster Cathedral and a Debussy world première conducted by Charles Hazelwood for the Broomhill Trust. Ellen enjoys an international career and has performed at the Salzburg and Istanbul Festivals and extensively throughout Europe.

For details of Christmas church services at King Charles, including the Nativity Play, Midnight Mass and the traditional Carol Service, go to the church website www.kcmtw.org/services.html 


King's Violin - a royal triumph

Photographer: David Rowley
Congratulation to everyone who contributed to The King's Violin - a the magnificent concert featuring the last surviving violin from Charles II's court band.
Pictured at the concert are the mayor and mayoress, Mr & Mrs Julian Stanyer, with Margaret Faultless and the historic instrument.
You can download a copy of the souvenir programme here.
Many thanks in particular to Dr Richard Luckett, Pepys Librarian Emeritus of Magdalene College, Cambridge, who inspired the programme and made the event possible.