Keble Chamber Players is a newly formed group that aims to bring together members of the college that are interested in playing chamber music, regardless of the instrument that they play or the voice that they sing. We hope to work to quite a high standard and practice hard so that we can pull off great performances, but players do not have to have a certain performance grade or level of experience, we are only looking for a good level of commitment. We hope to create regular chamber concerts, both formal and informal, in the O'Reilly Theatre, the Music Room and more friendly locations, such as Liddon Quad.
The group will be led by Patrick Hall and Hector Stinton. Last year, their tutor put them in contact with violin player Elliot Cramer; with the help of viola player and former conductor and KSO Sam Cahill, they formed a String Quartet and pulled off a great performance of Haydn's String Quartet in G major at an informal concert for friends in the college during Michaelmas Term. The following term, they rehearsed more intensely, in conjunction with a pianist from St Hugh's College, to perform Fauré and Ravel at a more formal concert in the O'Reilly. This concert was really well attended and helped to display how popular Chamber music is among members of the college.
Having drawn interest from other musicians, we hope to uphold Chamber music as a strong, ongoing tradition in the college and satisfy the new demand for regular Chamber concerts. Chamber music is a really intimate, diverse and gratifying music genre that celebrates the individual voices of each instrument and the relationships that individual instruments have with each other. We hope to work hard, play hard, but also enjoy ourselves and form a great part of music-making in Keble. Please email Patrick or Hector if you are interested, drop us a Facebook message or stop us by in college for a chat.