Jacqueline du Pre Charity Concert

Daniel Hope violin; Freddy Kempf piano; Sacconi Quartet

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Daniel Hope joins Freddy Kempf and Sacconi Quartet for Historic Charity’s Annual Jacqueline du Pré Charity Concert

Virtuoso violinist Daniel Hope joins the award-winning Sacconi Quartet and international pianist Freddy Kempf on stage to raise funds for Britain’s oldest music charity, The Royal Society of Musicians.

They will perform a programme of two masterpieces of the 19th Century: Ernest Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano & String Quartet, and Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81. Plus the World Premiere of Anne Dudley’s ‘March for The Royal Society of Musicians’.

The Royal Society of Musicians (RSM), established in 1738 by 228 musicians including George Frederic Handel, provides funds for musicians in need of financial assistance due to illness, injury or old age.

This is the 23rd Annual Jacqueline du Pré Charity Concert.

The RSM has a Fine Instrument Scheme enabling the country’s most talented young musicians to perform on high quality instruments they could otherwise not afford.Three of the instruments being played in this concert are on loan from the RSM. Ben Hancox’s 1932 Simone Sacconi violin, Hannah Dawson’s 1927 Simone Sacconi violin and Cara Berridge’s 1781 Nicolaus Gagliano cello.

The RSM has a long-standing tradition of commissioning marches, previous composers include Haydn and Weber, and more recently Peter Maxwell Davies.

Anne Dudley, winner of numerous awards including, in May 2017, an Ivor Novello Award for outstanding contribution to British music, composes this year’s specially commissioned March for The Royal Society of Musicians.

“Until the RSM approached me with a commission for a march I must confess I had never been asked for one. As fate would have it though, shortly afterwards I composed the score for David Walliams’ Grandpa’s Great Escape, the plot of which involves an ex-Spitfire pilot who, in old age, plots a Colditz-style escape from a nursing home.

The film pays tribute to the classic World War 2 escape films. This gave me an opportunity to research and listen to the marvellous scores of composers such as Eric Coates and Ron Goodwin. They wrote many splendid tuneful marches that epitomise the spirit of the time. In my short march I have attempted to capture these elements..”

Daniel Hope, in 2017, was awarded the ‘Federal Cross’ Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, for his work as a cultural ambassador for the country. He was also the winner of the 2015 European Cultural Prize for Music. His ‘For Seasons’ CD was awarded the 2017 ECHO Klassik prize.

Freddy Kempf former winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year, with an extensive international performing career. Freddy is one of today’s most successful pianists performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. Exceptionally gifted with an unusually broad repertoire, Freddy has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical performer who is not afraid to take risks as well as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist.

Freddy has collaborated with conductors such as Dutoit, Petrenko, Davis, Sinaisky, Chailly, Tortelier, Sawallisch, Buribayev and Simonov, and has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious musical institutions including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, La Scala Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony,  Philadelphia Orchestra, NHK Symphony Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Dresden Philharmonic.

Sacconi Quartet multi-award-winning British quartet (Ben Hancox, Hannah Dawson violins, Robin Ashwell viola, Cara Berridge cello). Their album of Jonathan Dove works featured in Gramophone’s ‘Recordings of the Year 2017’. Their album of John McCabe works listed in The Times Top 100 Albums of the Year 2017.

‘As a quartet we have all benefited from help from the RSM, it is a wonderful charity and we are delighted to be joined by Daniel (Hope) and Freddy (Kempf) for this special concert, where we have the opportunity to show our appreciation for this worthy cause.” 

Fiona Grant, Chairman of The Royal Society of Musicians comments:

“The RSM is delighted once again to have the opportunity to welcome old friends and new to Wigmore Hall, to remember the incomparable Jacqueline du Pré. From the outset our illustrious members have generously given concerts to raise funds for the Society so it is a particular pleasure to present the Sacconi Quartet this year, along with their renowned colleagues, Daniel Hope and Freddy Kempf. Anne Dudley follows Haydn, Weber and Peter Maxwell Davies, among others, in composing a March for the Society.”


Jacqueline du Pre Charity Concert Wigmore Hall

Tuesday 6 March 7.30pm

The Sacconi Quartet is joined by Freddy Kempf and Daniel Hope, artists known for spontaneity and vitality, for a programme of masterpieces composed in the 1880s. The concert, which includes Chausson’s lyrical concerto and Dvořák’s muscular drama, two works tinged with euphoric beauty, is crowned by a world première by Anne Dudley. The concert supports Britain’s oldest musical charity, The Royal Society of Musicians.

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