A Short History of Newcastle Chamber Music Society
In 1880, a group of well-
In the early years of the Society’s existence, seasons of four concerts were presented, increasing to six concerts by the Second World War. Artists performing were of a very high standard, including the violinists Joseph Joachim, Pablo de Sarasate and Eugene Ysaÿe. The great Charles Hallé accompanied his wife Wilma Neruda in a song recital, as did Hugh Wood, playing piano for his first wife, Olga Hillman. The Society commissioned Charles Villiers Stanford to write his first string quartet, op. 44, the premiere of which was given in January 1892.
In the Society’s 37th season, in 1927, the famous cellist Guilhermina Suggia (memorably
painted by Augustus John in 1923) gave a concert, and in 1935 the renowned Russian
composer Sergei Rachmaninov performed a solo recital of music by Scarlatti, Beethoven
and Brahms, and three of his own compositions. In 1937 Myra Hess and the Hungarian
violinist Jelly d’Arányi (niece of Joseph Joachim) gave a violin and piano recital.
The following year saw a concert by Artur Rubinstein, and in the 1946-
In the decades following the last War the Society has continued to promote concerts
by artists of the highest calibre; for a time there was a waiting list to join the
Society, such was its prestige! Highlights among performers include the Amadeus,
Smetana and Hagen String Quartets and the Israel and Florestan Piano Trios. World-
The Society continues to be run by a small number of volunteers; it has been a registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee since 1998. An AGM is held each autumn, usually preceding the opening concert of the season.
The notes above were derived from various sources, including the following publication:
Joseph W Pegg Newcastle’s Musical Heritage 2003
Newcastle upon Tyne Chamber Music Society Ltd is a company limited by guarantee (No. 3433055) and a registered charity (No. 1072960).