Patron of The Rudolf Kempe Society

I am very flattered and delighted to be Patron of the Rudolf Kempe Society as successor to the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. I admire Cordula Kempe so much and think the work that she does is tremendous.

Do come to her wonderful programmes of word and music, Songs of Apollo - in which I have taken part myself and thoroughly enjoyed! And don’t miss the concerts given by the extremely talented musicians of the Rudolf Kempe International Young Artists Platform!

Also given at the uniquely congenial atmosphere of the KEMPE STUDIO at THE MUSES in Stratford, the Society's new series of creative and inspiring Public Master Classes awaits you, with an international line-up of great artists of today teaching the great artists of tomorrow!

Dame Judi Dench, Patron of The Rudolf Kempe Society
Dame Judy Dench
Friday, 24 February 2017 20:15

Poetry is Life - Sunday March 5th 2017

Featuring the poetry of the Romantics – Keats, Shelley, Blake, Leigh-Hunt and their wider circle – this is actually our annual programme ‘Poetry Is Life’, after an anonymous 20th century Russian poet. Now in its eleventh year, our actors - unlike other programmes when they have to read what has been devised for them - are on this occasion invited to read their own choice of poetry on a given theme, and it is immensely popular with them - as with their audiences! Moreover, they all give their services in it, in recognition of the Rudolf Kempe Society’s work and out of their awareness that it is a way of helping, in these more than troubled times, to protect the future of what we all believe in and live for as artists.

The subject of ’Romanticism’, both in its historical and its literary sense, takes up – perhaps surprisingly - the thread from our last event and gives us new insights into the lives, concerns and passions of these great visionary minds, so much loved and yet by no means as familiar to us as we tend to think. Let yourself be entertained, intrigued and inspired by their thoughts, in a cornucopia of beauty ranging from the poignant to the humorous and interwoven with spiritual as well as sensual music – that of SCHUBERT, in well-known and lesser known gems for string quartet and for piano respectively. A real feast!

Alongside no fewer than eight distinguished actors of the National and Royal Shakespeare Theatre companies, the musicians will be the BERGONZI QUARTET – Cordula Kempe, Barbara O’Reilly, Robin Del Mar and Jenny Curtis – with actor / pianist ZUBIN VARLA.

A talk-back session about the programme with some of its performers will take place on
MONDAY 6 MARCH, 11.30 AM
at the KEMPE STUDIO.
Admission free - all concert goers welcome.

Published in Kempe Society Events

J.S. BACH
THE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS

Sitkovetsky String Trio Adaptation

with Reflections on Sleep and Dream
in Poetry and Drama of Four Millennia
devised by Cordula Kempe

GOLDBERG TRIO
CORDULA KEMPE violin
RUTH WOOLLEY viola
PETER WILSON cello

Published in Kempe Society Events

A Meditation in Word and Music

devised by Cordula Kempe, for JEFFERY DENCH - performed in his Memory

Music by
BACH, HAYDN, MOZART,
BEETHOVEN, MENDELSSOHN
and SHOSTAKOVICH

BERGONZI QUARTET

Poetry of four Millennia

JENNIFER MCEVOY, OLIVER DENCH
SONIA RITTER, MALCOLM STORRY

Published in Kempe Society Events
Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00

Food of Love - Sunday 7th December 2014

DVOŘÁK’S ‘CYPRESSES’ for String Quartet

with Love Poetry of four Millennia

GUY HENRY
JENNIFER MCEVOY
OLIVER DENCH

Published in Kempe Society Events

Devised by Cordula Kempe

Music by BACH, HAYDN,MOZART, BEETHOVEN, MENDELSSOHN and SHOSTAKOVICH BERGONZI QUARTET
Poetry of four Millennia SONIA RITTER MALCOLM STORRY

Published in Kempe Society Events