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Richard Keohane

Richard Keohane (Medway Young Musician of the Year) is 18 years of age from Kent and started playing the piano when he was 9 and flute when he was 11. He joined Kent Centre for Young instrumentalists at 12 under the direction of piano teacher David Sams, gained a place at the Royal College of Music Junior department at 14 and joined Chetham's school of Music in Manchester the following year, where he is currently studying piano with Simon Bottomley.

Richard has taken part and won classes in festivals nationwide, won Medway Young Musician at 16 and also won the Denis Loveland Piano Festival in Kent. He has also competed internationally. Following his A levels, later this year, Richard will be returning to the Royal College of Music for undergraduate studies with Niel Immelman.

Richard played the Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat by Liszt at a concert with the Canterbury Orchestra at the King's Hall Theatre, Herne Bay in June 2005.

Next Concert

Russian Fairytales

Sat 6th May, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

with Whitstable Dance

Tickets at £15 and £8 available from the Gulbenkian Box Office

Our Spring Concert introduces a collaboration with Whitstable Dance which will allow local young people to share the pleasure of performance with the Orchestra in a presentation of music and dance from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, The Nutcracker. The programme will focus on Act ii of the ballet in which the heroine, Clara, travels with the Prince (an erstwhile nutcracker) to the Land of Sweets where they are entertained. The Nutcracker is one of the Tchaikovsky's most popular compositions. The music contains some of his most memorable melodies including the Trepak and the famous Waltz of the Flowers and March, as well as the ubiquitous Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The ballet contains surprisingly advanced harmonies and a wealth of melodic invention. The atmosphere of magic and mystery is sustained by a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral suite Scheherazade, inspired by the tale of The Arabian Nights in which the Sultan’s wife deflects her imminent execution through skilful storytelling and eventually wins her reprieve. Like The Nutcracker, the music is adventurous and delightfully orchestrated.

 

 

Interested in playing with the Canterbury Orchestra?

If you would like the opportunity to play interesting music in a variety of styles and including some of the major symphonic repertoire, call Canterbury's Orchestra Manager Nicky Pound on 01304 812755 or email us.