Milein Cosman

Milein Cosman

Today is the fifth anniversary of the death of Milein Cosman.

It is sixteen years since she founded the Cosman Keller Art & Music Trust. All her beneficiaries are deeply grateful to her — and by her many friends she is sorely missed.

Valentín Sanchez Piñero awarded the Hans Keller Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music

Valentín Sánchez Piñer

The winner of the 2022-23 Hans Keller Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music is violinist Valentín Sanchez Piñero.

An experienced performer with ensembles all over Europe, Valentín has a keen interest in baroque music. He is studying for a Master’s degree in performance at the Academy, working with Alexander Redington.

Read more about Valentín here.

Bushra El-Turk at Soundings

Bushra El-Turk at Soundings

The Trust is delighted that Busha El-Turk’s Saffron Dusk, commissioned by the Trust for the Adelphi Quartet (and performed by them at the Wigmore Hall and the Aldeburgh Festival) will receive a new interpretation tomorrow night as part of the Austrian Cultural Forum’s contemporary music platform Soundings.

Soundings was originally founded in 2004 by Cosman Keller Trustee Andrea Rauter (while she was working at the Austrian Cultural Forum) with composer Joe Cutler. It brings together composers and performers from Austria and the UK for four days of open rehearsals, discussions and concerts.

More information and tickets here.

The Adelphi Quartet’s original performance of Saffron Dusk can be heard here.

Milein Cosman Project Curatorship at the British Museum

Grant Lewis - Milein Cosman Project Curatorship at the British Museum

The Trust is delighted to announce a new partnership with the British Museum to create a Project Curator post in the Museum’s Prints and Drawings Department in memory of Milein Cosman.

We are thrilled that Grant Lewis has been appointed to this post and will be working on the Museum’s Late Michelangelo exhibition, which will take place in 2024.

Further details here.

‘Painting Our Past’ exhibition opens at the Africa Centre

Hannah Uzor

Hannah Uzor, who holds the Milein Cosman Scholarship for Drawing at the Slade School of Fine Art, is one of six artists commissioned by English Heritage to create portraits of significant figures from the African diaspora whose stories contributed to the history of England. Hannah’s portrait of Sarah Forbes-Bonetta was initially exhibited at Osborne House, the private family home of Queen Victoria, where Sarah often visited as a protegée of the queen.

English Heritage is now partnering with the Africa Centre to bring all six portraits together for the first time, in a new exhibition which will run from 10 September until 28 October. See the Africa Centre and English Heritage websites for more details.

Functional Analysis at the Guildhall

Functional Analysis at the Guildhall

On Friday 8 July, the opening event of this year’s Guildhall Chamber Music Festival will be a lecture-recital on Functional Analysis, given by the Trust’s Patron Levon Chilingirian and the Coalitiō Quartet, featuring Hans Keller’s analysis of Haydn’s ‘Lark’ Quartet Op.64 No.5. Further details here.

The Chilingirian Quartet has a long association with Hans Keller and a deep understanding of his analytical methods. A film of their own recent performance at the Guildhall of Keller’s analysis of Beethoven’s Quartet in F minor Op.95 can be viewed here.

The Hans Keller Chamber Fellows at the Guildhall

The Consone Quartet and the Mithras Trio

The Consone Quartet and the Mithras Trio are rounding off their year as Hans Keller Chamber Fellows at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a concert on Saturday 9 July, as part of the Guildhall’s Chamber Music Festival.

The Mithras Trio will be opening with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor, and the Consone Quartet will be playing Boccherini before teaming up with the Fibonacci Quartet to finish the concert with Mendelssohn’s great Octet Op.20.  Tickets and further details here.

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.

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