St Paul’s Opera — Albert Herring

Joan Cross as Lady-Billows

The Trust is delighted to be supporting St Paul’s Opera in its production of Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring this summer.

St Paul’s Opera in South London has a mission to offer accessible opera to the local community together with valuable performance opportunities to aspiring professional singers.

Tickets can be booked here

Hans Keller and Milein Cosman were closely associated with Benjamin Britten from the 1940s until Britten’s death, producing a huge volume of writings on and drawings of his works. This image (left) shows Milein Cosman’s drawing of Joan Cross as Lady Billows in the original production of Albert Herring in 1947. Hans Keller’s 1947 guide to Albert Herring can be read here.

ChamberStudio Hans Keller Forum

Chamber Studio Hans Keller Forum

As part of its Hans Keller String Quartet Project, the Trust is delighted to announce a new partnership with ChamberStudio : the Hans Keller Forum.

Beginning in September 2022, this will provide extra support and coaching to college-age chamber ensembles through regular specialist residential courses in Cambridge.

Read more here.

The Castalian String Quartet

The Castalian String Quartet

Oxford University’s Trinity Term begins today, and the Castalian String Quartet will shortly be heading back to Oxford for the next visit of their Hans Keller String Quartet Residency.

During their previous visits they have worked with eleven student composers.  In their concert on 11 May at the Holywell Music Room they will be giving the premiere of Hive, by postgraduate student Marcello Palazzo, together with Requiem for Gaia, by Oxford alumna Anna Appleby.  Book tickets here.

The Adelphi Quartet

The Adelphi Quartet

The Adelphi Quartet (YCAT Hans Keller Artist) won Second Prize and an Esterházy Foundation Prize at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition yesterday. Their performance of Beethoven’s Op.59/3 in the final round of the competition can be viewed online here (1:43:30).

On 21 June, they will make their debut at the Aldeburgh Festival, where they will give another performance of Busha El-Turk’s Saffron Dusk, commissioned for them by the Trust, together with the premiere of a new work by Busha El-Turk.  Book tickets here.

Opening of Milein Cosman exhibition at the Bundestag in Berlin

Bundestag exhibition

The Bundestag in Berlin, in the presence of its President, Frau Bärbel Bas, saw the opening today of an important exhibition of Milein Cosman’s portraits.

At the centre of this exhibition are Milein Cosman’s historic drawings of the members of the first postwar government of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949. These portraits have recently been acquired by the German Government Art Collection and this is their first public showing as a collection.

Read more here

Booking opens for the Castalian String Quartet’s 2022 Hilary term Oxford residency recitals

Castalian String Quartet

Wednesday 2 February at 7:30 pm
Mathematical Institute

Mozart Quartet in D minor K.421
Fanny Mendelssohn Quartet in E flat major
Felix Mendelssohn Quartet in F minor, Op.80
Book tickets here


Wednesday 9 March at 7:30 pm
SJE Arts at St John the Evangelist Church

Mozart Quartet in F K.590
Elgar Quartet in E minor, Op.83
Sibelius Quartet in D minor Op.56 ‘Voces Intimae’
Book tickets here

Milein Cosman Centenary Exhibition opens at the Hampstead School of Art

Hampstead School of Art

Milein Cosman lived in Hampstead for over 70 years. In honour of the centenary of her birth, the Hampstead School of Art is showing a special exhibition of her work in a range of different media. The exhibition features drawings, prints, paintings and sculpture, together with some of her sketchbooks, materials and mementos, including the easel made for her by the American artist Robert Indiana.

The exhibition will continue until 21 February 2022. Further details here.

Milein Cosman’s Centenary at the Royal College of Music

Milein Cosman’s Centenary at the Royal College of Music

On Thursday 9 December, the Trust marked the close of Milein Cosman’s centenary year with a memorial concert at the Royal College of Music, in which Sini Simonen, David Waterman and Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula gave a wonderful performance of piano trios by Haydn and Brahms, together with the César Franck violin sonata.

The occasion also marked the arrival in the College’s newly refurbished Museum of the final instalment of Milein Cosman’s drawings of musicians – making this the largest institutional collection of her art anywhere in the world.

View the collection online here.

Opening recital of the Castalian String Quartet’s residency at Oxford University — Tuesday 26 October 2021

Castalian String Quartet

On 26 October the Castalian String Quartet will arrive in Oxford for the first of 15 stays as the university’s Hans Keller String Quartet in Residence. In their opening recital at the Holywell Music Room they will be playing:

Janácek – String Quartet No.1, ‘Kreutzer Sonata’
Ligeti – String Quartet No.1, ‘Métamorphoses nocturnes’
Schubert – String Quartet No.15 in G, D.887

Book tickets here.

Forthcoming Functional Analysis performances

Functional Analysis

Wednesday 27 October at 4 pm
Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Castalian String Quartet
Hans Keller’s Functional Analysis No.7
Haydn String Quartet in D minor Op.76 No.2

Further details here

Saturday 13 November 2021 at 7:45 pm
All Saints Centre, Lewes, BN7 1LE
Musicians of All Saints
Hans Keller’s Functional Analysis No.13
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G

Further details here.

Milein Cosman Centenary Exhibition opens in Düsseldorf

Milein Cosman Centenary Exhibition

The Düsseldorf Stadtmuseum saw the opening today of a special exhibition celebrating the centenary both of Milein Cosman and her childhood friend and fellow artist Ilde Schrader.

Milein and Ilde went to school together in Düsseldorf from 1927 until the threat of persecution and war separated them in 1937. Milein came to England and Ilde to Italy, but they were reunited after the war and remained close friends throughout their lives.

The exhibition will continue until 29 November. Further details here.

Royal College of Music Museum reopens with a new permanent exhibition of Milein Cosman’s art

Royal College of Music Museum

After undergoing extensive redevelopment, the Royal College of Music Museum reopened today — with a new exhibition of Milein Cosman’s work on permanent display in the Lavery Gallery.

The Royal College of Music holds the largest collection of Milein Cosman’s drawings of musicians, containing over 1,300 individual works. The whole collection has been digitised and can be viewed online here.

YCAT Hans Keller Artists

YCAT Hans Keller Artists 1

The string quartet was of particular importance to Hans Keller. In 2021 the Trust is embarking on a three-year project in support of string quartets, working with a variety of expert partners.

As part of this, the Trust is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Young Classical Artists Trust to support the Adelphi Quartet: read more here.

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