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Welcome to our new rehearsal venue!

Welcome to our new rehearsal venue! From January 2022, our regular weekly rehearsals will be at St Gabriel’s Pimlico, 30 Warwick Square, London SW1V 2AD. We are delighted to have this opportunity to rehearse in a larger space with a clearer acoustic. The nearest tube/rail station remains Victoria, with...

Mission Accomplished.

This performance made me weep. I am not familiar with the work, but I am familiar with the huge amount of work and dedication that went into learning the piece. Darin Qualls made it his mission in Lockdown to learn this challenging work. Most of us made excuses about...

Spring 2022 soloist Layla Köhler Baratto

Spring 2022 soloist - Layla Köhler Baratto oboist. Born in Brazil, oboist and ABRSM scholar, Layla Köhler Baratto won her first award at the age of 11 in the Municipal Music School of São Paulo Young Soloists Competition. She has also won the São Paulo Symphony Young Soloists 2017...

First rehearsal for KPO this year

First rehearsal for KPO this year On Monday 17 May 2021 we made a wonderful start towards returning to a new musical normal. We had our first full orchestra rehearsal since March 2020. Thanks to St Peter’s, we were able to rehearse in the spacious church, rather than the...

New chapter for KPO

New conductor Claudio Di Meo Kensington Philharmonic Orchestra starts a new chapter with new conductor Claudio Di Meo. The KPO, founded in 1965, is one of London’s leading amateur orchestras. It provides opportunities for advanced players of all ages to perform works from the classical and modern repertoire, including...

Our soloist Darin Qualls

Our soloist - Darin Qualls A native of Portland, Oregon, USA, violinist Darin Qualls studied at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with master violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay.  He was awarded the Starling Prize for excellence in music performance, providing a full tuition scholarship and the opportunity to perform as...

Tanks crossing the Rhine

Tanks and Rivers? Let me start with Smetana’s Vltava, one of his great cycle of Symphonic Poems written in 1874 and known as Ma Vlast. We left Rostropovich in 1968 weeping for Prague as the Russian tanks crushed the liberalising efforts of Alexander Dubček. It is a city which has endured...

When nothing is as it seems

Stravinsky Stravinsky was, of course, a chameleon who changed his styles as often as Picasso.  Six years after the premiere of his Rite of Spring had caused a riot in Paris, he embarked on his neo-classical period with the one-act ballet “Pulcinella”.  It qualifies for tonight’s list because it...

Three great Russians and bit of Shostakovich too…

Three great Russians and bit of Shostakovich too… I don’t subscribe to the theory that things ain’t what they used to be.  But I back my fantasy Trio of Oistrach, Rostropovich and Richter against any and all comers.  So here are two pieces to explain why. Dvorak’s cello concerto...

Themes, Variations & Fugues

Themes, Variations & Fugues Brahms wrote the Handel Variations for his “beloved friend” Clara Schumann in 1861, when the young composer was just 28 and achieving complete mastery both of the piano and of large-scale forms.  For many people it is one of the half-dozen great sets of variations...

Welcome to our new rehearsal venue!

Welcome to our new rehearsal venue! From January 2022, our regular weekly rehearsals will be at St Gabriel’s Pimlico, 30 Warwick Square, London SW1V 2AD. We are delighted to have this opportunity to rehearse in a larger space with a clearer acoustic. The nearest tube/rail station remains Victoria, with...

Mission Accomplished.

This performance made me weep. I am not familiar with the work, but I am familiar with the huge amount of work and dedication that went into learning the piece. Darin Qualls made it his mission in Lockdown to learn this challenging work. Most of us made excuses about...

Spring 2022 soloist Layla Köhler Baratto

Spring 2022 soloist - Layla Köhler Baratto oboist. Born in Brazil, oboist and ABRSM scholar, Layla Köhler Baratto won her first award at the age of 11 in the Municipal Music School of São Paulo Young Soloists Competition. She has also won the São Paulo Symphony Young Soloists 2017...

First rehearsal for KPO this year

First rehearsal for KPO this year On Monday 17 May 2021 we made a wonderful start towards returning to a new musical normal. We had our first full orchestra rehearsal since March 2020. Thanks to St Peter’s, we were able to rehearse in the spacious church, rather than the...

New chapter for KPO

New conductor Claudio Di Meo Kensington Philharmonic Orchestra starts a new chapter with new conductor Claudio Di Meo. The KPO, founded in 1965, is one of London’s leading amateur orchestras. It provides opportunities for advanced players of all ages to perform works from the classical and modern repertoire, including...

Our soloist Darin Qualls

Our soloist - Darin Qualls A native of Portland, Oregon, USA, violinist Darin Qualls studied at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with master violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay.  He was awarded the Starling Prize for excellence in music performance, providing a full tuition scholarship and the opportunity to perform as...

Tanks crossing the Rhine

Tanks and Rivers? Let me start with Smetana’s Vltava, one of his great cycle of Symphonic Poems written in 1874 and known as Ma Vlast. We left Rostropovich in 1968 weeping for Prague as the Russian tanks crushed the liberalising efforts of Alexander Dubček. It is a city which has endured...

When nothing is as it seems

Stravinsky Stravinsky was, of course, a chameleon who changed his styles as often as Picasso.  Six years after the premiere of his Rite of Spring had caused a riot in Paris, he embarked on his neo-classical period with the one-act ballet “Pulcinella”.  It qualifies for tonight’s list because it...

Three great Russians and bit of Shostakovich too…

Three great Russians and bit of Shostakovich too… I don’t subscribe to the theory that things ain’t what they used to be.  But I back my fantasy Trio of Oistrach, Rostropovich and Richter against any and all comers.  So here are two pieces to explain why. Dvorak’s cello concerto...

Themes, Variations & Fugues

Themes, Variations & Fugues Brahms wrote the Handel Variations for his “beloved friend” Clara Schumann in 1861, when the young composer was just 28 and achieving complete mastery both of the piano and of large-scale forms.  For many people it is one of the half-dozen great sets of variations...