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A Stunning Tribute!

A packed Cavendish Hall was treated to a fantastic musical tribute to the late Dudley Moore by the James Pearson Trio, in Peak Music’s penultimate concert of the 2023-24 season. Many people fondly remember Dudley Moore as the little man in the mac alongside Peter Cook in their television series, and later as a major […]

Jervaulx Singers Opera Delight!

The Jervaulx singers were founded by Charlie Gower-Smith and Jenny Blanco – both having worked in the Arts for many years. Charlie also runs the Chapter House Youth Choir in North Yorkshire, the Thirsk Sinfonia Orchestra, Voices at the Rivers Edge Youth Choir at the Sage Gateshead, and the Hallé Youth Choir. Based in the […]

From soft and gentle to triumphant and thrilling

An empty stage and ethereal music coming from the back of the hall was the unusual, but captivating opening for the first concert in the new Peak Music season, featuring the trombone quartet Bones Apart. Fittingly, for an all-female group, the evening’s programme celebrated influential women throughout the ages, be they composers, artists or historical […]

A brilliant end to a great season!

The Sacconi Quartet combined the music of traditional string quartets with more modern classical music. Bringing together the quality of a group who naturally feel the music, as a group they embraced the breadth and depth of the possibilities of stringed instruments. The variety of techniques associated with stringed instruments (pizzicato, strumming, full range bowing […]

They Certainly Got Rhythm

For a programme centred on George Gershwin, the references in Lizzie Ball and James Pearson’s concert at the Cavendish Hall were wide and impressive. Fritz Kreisler, Leonard Bernstein, Astor Piazzolla, Aaron Copland, Maurice Ravel, Stephane Grappelli, Sergei Rachmaninoff and a few others were incorporated in a sparkling performance which brought a packed audience to its […]

Dates for your diary – 2023/24 season

We have booked the following artists for the next season (2023-24). Wednesday September 27th 2023                 Bones Apart Female Trombone Quartet Wednesday October 18th 2023                        Jeurvaulx Singers Opera Evening Tuesday November 7th 2023            […]

A Joyful Experience

Having never been to a concert by a wind quintet before, I was unsure what to expect of the Haffner Wind Ensemble’s appearance at the Cavendish Hall. Happily, any expectations I might have had were overwhelmingly exceeded and, judging by their rapturous applause, the large audience felt the same way. The combination of oboe, clarinet, […]

A Dazzling Performance from Paul Lewis CBE

Given that his more usual venues include the Royal Festival Hall, London, Alice Tully and Carnegie Hall, New York, and the Musikverein Vienna, it was quite a coup for the Peak Music Society to entice the celebrated pianist, Paul Lewis CBE, to perform at the Cavendish Hall, Edensor, on 11th October. In fact, he was […]

I Musicanti with Tamás András – a truly uplifting experience

The new Peak Music season opened with a superb performance by the mixed instrument chamber ensemble, I Musicanti with Tamás András. This excellent concert which featured a distinctive programme of Beethoven, was chamber music at its finest creating a delight for the audience to enjoy. Well known international double bass virtuoso, Leon Bosch, founded I […]

The Queen’s Six – a Right Royal Treat

The Queens’ Six, an a capella group whose members make up part of the Lay Clerks of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, gave an outstanding vocal performance to the Peak Music audience at the last concert of this season. Demonstrating the highest musical standards that would be expected of a group who regularly sing […]

Harmony and discord – The Metamorphoses Trio delivered a concert for these times

Peak Music’s fifth concert of this season featured the Metamorphoses Trio, a truly international grouping of British-American clarinettist, Jean Johnson, Dutch viola player, Roeland Jagers and Russian pianist, Ilona Timchenko. Whilst their musicianship was without doubt excellent, the programme choices perhaps, like themselves, painted a picture of these challenging times with its blend of harmonious […]

It brought tears to my eyes

“It brought tears to my eyes” was the reaction of one long-standing Peak Music Society member to Kammerphilharmonie Europa’s exquisitely performed Bach’s much-loved Double Violin Concerto, with soloists Pavel Zuzanski and Andrei Sur passing the baton seamlessly as each in turn took the lead.  It’s been a long time since the formality of white tie […]

Dates for your diary – 2022/23 season

We have booked the following artists for the next season (2022-23). Wednesday September 28th 2022         I Musicanti Tuesday October 11th 2022                        Paul Lewis Wednesday November 9th 2022             Haffner Wind Ensemble Sunday March 26th 2023 (4.30pm)    […]

What a blast!

Peak Music’s last offering of the year was an absolute humdinger. Four young postgraduates (soprano Julia Mariko Smith, mezzo-soprano Naomi Rogers, tenor Philip O’Connor and bass Peter Lidbetter) from the Royal College of Music, together with their accompanist, Christopher Pulleyn, gave a memorable gala performance of mostly well-loved favourites that would have been familiar to […]

Simply Magical

The exciting classical quintet ZRI demonstrated their superior craftmanship to Peak Music audiences playing with an exquisite intensity rarely seen. The quintet, which takes its name from Zum Roten Igel (or The Red Hedgehog), the legendary Viennese venue in the times when Brahms and Schubert were alive, delivered a very technically demanding program of Brahms […]

A Standing Ovation! The James Pearson Trio wows Peak Music

“Today’s concert wasn’t good or very good – it was brilliant!”, feedback that summed up the incredible start to the new Peak Music season. The James Pearson Jazz Trio offered a superb musical portrait of Oscar Peterson through fine musicianship delivered with their signature laid back style.  The trio (James Pearson on piano, Sam […]

The Brodsky Raise the Roof!

Peak Music’s shortened season came to a rousing finale on Thursday 22nd July with an invigorating and authoritative performance by the Brodsky Quartet that fully justified their reputation as one of the leading string quartets in the world. Re-arranged from the original date of Tuesday 29th June as a result of Ian Belton, the second […]

The Sounds of Summer

What a wonderful way to spend a summer evening, listening to pianist Tim Horton at the Cavendish Hall in Edensor. As the breeze from the open doors cooled us in the hall, Tim conjured pictures in our imagination with his rendition of preludes by Debussy and Chopin. From the fascinating compositions in which the number […]

We’re Back!

Live music came back to the Cavendish Hall with the wonderfully irreverent baroque quartet, Red Priest, playing two concerts on the same day to ensure all members of Peak Music, alongside some lucky ticket holders, could enjoy the performance whilst meeting the current social distancing requirements. Restrictions aside, it was glorious, delightful, magnificent and just […]

Dates for your diary

We have provisionally booked the following artists for the next season (2021-22), when we hope normal conditions will have returned. Please note that these dates and artists may be subject to change. Tuesday September 21st 2021   James Pearson Trio Wednesday October 6th 2021    ZRI Thursday November 4th 2021    Royal Northern College of Music […]

Spring 2021 Subscriptions now available

Sadly, we have had to rearrange our planned season due to lockdown restrictions. This has meant reducing the number of concerts from four to three and moving the date of the first concert from mid-March to May 19th. We have unfortunately had to cancel Morgan Szymanski and Laura Mitchell’s guitar and soprano recital, as Morgan […]

New Treasurer for Peak Music

Jennie Ball, Chairman of Peak Music, is delighted to announce that Carol Wheatcroft, our Publicity Secretary, has taken over as Treasurer from Barbara Mangles, to whom we owe a debt of gratitude for her sterling service over many years stewarding our finances as well as serving on the music planning subcommittee.  Jennie is also delighted […]

AGM 24th September 2020

The Peak Music Society held its AGM on 24th September 2020 at 6.30 pm online by Zoom, attended by all the committee and six other members. Jennie Ball welcomed Nicky Wright to the committee and gave a review of the previous season. The last concert with Tim Horton had had to be cancelled because of […]

Well, I didn’t know what to expect…..

Veronica Henderson (cello) Julia Seiber-Boyd (daughter of Matyas Seiber), Ian de Massini (accordion), Simon Seiber-Boyd “Well, I didn’t know what to expect but is wasn’t this” was a comment overheard after Ian de Massini in accompaniment with Veronica Henderson played the Cavendish Hall in the third of Peak Music’s five concert season. The comment highlighted […]

AGM 10th September 2019

The Peak Music Society held its AGM on 10th September at 6.30 pm immediately before the Classical Kicks Ensemble concert. John Foster gave a review of the previous season before Barbara Mangles presented the audited accounts for 2018/19 financial year. These showed a small surplus despite a fall in membership from 113 to 92, largely […]

Lizzie Ball’s Classical Kicks deliver a classic!

What a fantastic concert Lizzie Ball and Classical Kicks delivered to a packed house at the  Cavendish Hall on Tuesday 10 September to open our 2019/20 season! It lived up to its billing of delivering classical music in a down to earth manner for a wider audience. And what a manner!  During the evening the […]

Our new website

We are delighted to welcome you to our new website, which has been designed by Baslow-based Opera PR & Communications. In appointing the local agency we wanted our new website to reflect the quality and diversity of the classical musicians that contribute to each season, which comprises five concerts that take place at the Cavendish […]