Friday Night Live with Oakham Piano Trio – Friday 5th June 2020 

A Welcome Note from the Music Director at Royal Porcelain Works; Keith Slade:

A huge hello and welcome to the very first season of the Performing Arts at the Royal Porcelain Works. Music has such a wide and varied outreach and here at the Royal Porcelain Works we will seize your imagination with soloists and groups of International and local repute. Our first season promises to be an epic one!

There are concerts throughout the season that will whet the appetite no matter your musical taste, and with the kaleidoscope of different genres and artistes performing, you are certainly in for a treat.

I would like to welcome all ages to our concerts, but particularly young people and individuals who might never have dipped their toes into the Concert arena. I look forward to having the pleasure of your company throughout the series, and hope that your faith will be rewarded by a musical experience that will stay with you forever.

A bit about the artists…

Anne Bolt

Anne Bolt was born in Leicestershire and returned to live in her home village in 2001, having spent time living in London and the USA. In 1983 she won a music scholarship to Wells Cathedral School and followed this with a music degree at Christ Church, Oxford, where rowing tried to take over her life! She continued her piano studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Hilary Coates. A Fulbright Scholarship and an English Speaking Union Fellowship enabled her to continue her education in America at Indiana University, studying with Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio) and graduating with a Master of Music Degree.

Anne has a wide variety of experience in solo and chamber music concerts, including performances in Japan, Canada, USA, Europe and throughout the UK. Solo appearances include the Brighton and Henley Festivals, Fairfield Halls (Croydon), St. David’s Hall (Cardiff), and as a guest artist performing on a round-the-world P&O cruise. A passionate teacher, she was appointed Head of Piano at Oakham School in 2007 and now combines teaching, performing and being a mother to three teenage children (a son and twin girls). On the odd occasion that there is some spare time, she enjoys running half marathons, and has managed to achieve her lifetime ambition of running a full marathon.

Anne has enjoyed collaborating with musicians from the staff of Oakham School over the years, including putting on a series of concerts covering the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Head of Strings, Martin Cropper, as well as several piano trio concerts with Martin Cropper and Richard Jenkinson. She has recently performed Mozart’s D minor Concerto with the Rutland Sinfonia, as well as Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto and Chopin’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra. Anne is delighted to be working with the WSO again for tonight’s concert.

Martin Cooper

Martin was born in Sheffield into a musical family: his great-grandfather was leader of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and his great-uncle was principal viola player in the BBC Philharmonic for thirty-five years. His father, violinist Peter Cropper, founded the Lindsay Quartet and his mother is the violin teacher, Nina Martin.  Until the age of five he thought everyone played the violin! He began lessons with his mother until he was awarded a scholarship to study with Howard Davis at the Royal Academy of Music.

Martin is passionate about chamber music and has been fortunate to study and perform with some of the world’s most inspiring chamber musicians. He has played many of the major concertos with orchestra and continues to enjoy sharing music throughout the UK and beyond. Martin has always been interested in education, and has taught the violin since he was 16. He enjoys a varied career and shares his energy and enthusiasm for music between Oakham School, Rutland where he is now in his eleventh year as Head of Strings, and Sheffield’s Music Academy where he was recently appointed Musical Director. Martin also enjoys a long standing relationship (22 years) with CSYO and regularly gives workshops for Music in the Round and the European String Teachers Association (ESTA).

Richard Jenkinson

Dr. Richard Jenkinson is Musical Director of the British Police Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of St John, Bromsgrove. From 2016-19 he was Music Director of the orchestra and choir of the G.K.T. Music Society at King’s College, London and, since September 2017, has been conductor of the Worcestershire Youth Orchestra. He has recently conducted cycles of the complete Beethoven Symphonies and Piano Concertos culminating with the Ninth Symphony in Worcester Cathedral. Concerts with the B.P.S.O. have included performances at Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester Cathedrals and regular concerts at Beacon Park and Symphony Hall in Birmingham. In May 2019 Richard conducted the B.P.S.O. at the Royal Albert Hall, London in a Gala Concert celebrating the orchestra’s 30th anniversary involving fanfare trumpets, troupes of bagpipers and massed choirs from around the United Kingdom which involved over 600 performers.

Richard’s musical education began at the age of five when he started to play the ‘cello and was awarded a scholarship by Derbyshire County Council to study with Florence Hooton and William Pleeth. Whilst in the sixth form, Richard began his conducting studies with Michael Salter at Repton School. In 1990 he won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, studying ‘cello with Raphael Wallfisch and William Pleeth and conducting with Alan Hazeldine. He graduated with Distinction in 1994 and was awarded the Guildhall’s coveted Gold Medal for a performance of the Dvořák ‘Cello Concerto in the Barbican.

In 1995 he was awarded a top prize at the Vittorio Gui Chamber Music Competition in Italy and was invited to be part of the Countess of Munster recital scheme. This has led to a very productive partnership with the pianist Benjamin Frith, including recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre and several recordings. Richard has given concerto performances with the BBC Concert Orchestra, C.B.S.O., Irish Chamber Orchestra and Venezuelan Symphony and has performed the Elgar Concerto in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and the Dvořák Concerto in the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum in Prague. In 1995 Richard became principal ‘cello with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and from 1998-2016 he was principal ‘cello with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

In May 2012 Richard joined the Dante String Quartet and has performed at the Wigmore Hall, King’s Place and also given several live BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. The quartet’s ‘Beethoven journey’ was also featured on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. As the cellist of the Dante Quartet he has recorded Kodály’s String Quartets for Hyperion, Herbert Howells Quartets for Naxos and Stanford’s Complete String Quartets on the Somm label. The quartet has performed several cycles of the complete Beethoven Quartets and toured Japan in 2016. During 2018 the Dante Quartet played a cycle of Shostakovich Quartets and undertook tours of France and Japan.

Richard has recently completed a Ph.D. on the music of Zoltán Kodály at the University of Birmingham where he was awarded a Bramall scholarship. Richard will give recital lectures in Hungary during 2020.


To book your ticket(s) please go to our website and select the Friday Night Live event you wish to attend. You will be taken through to a PayPal link to either pay by PayPal or enter your credit card details.

Booking is not essential, however it is advised, as we cannot guarantee a ticket to anyone who has not booked prior to the event.

If there are tickets still available on the day of the event, they will be on sale at the box office on the night, 45 minutes before the start of the event.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a refund on your ticket(s), however if you are unable to make the event, please let us know as we may be able to offer to exchange your tickets for another Friday Night Live event at The Hall.

Yes, there is a fully stocked licenced bar to get a glass of wine, a coffee or even some sweets!

The Friday Night Live events are jointly organised between Royal Porcelain Works and our Artistic Director of Music; Keith Slade, who also introduces the evening and sometimes even conducts the performances!

Born in the West Midlands, Keith Slade began his musical journey learning the clarinet from the age of ten.  After reaching the final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Woodwind Category, Keith graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music where he was awarded the Hilda Collens’ prize. He furthered his studies under the guidance of Angela Malsbury and Nicholas Rodwell on a postgraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music supported by the Countess of Munster Trust.  At the RAM, Keith was awarded the Dorothy Grinstead Memorial Prize for the most outstanding postgraduate, the John Solomon Woodwind and Brass Prize and the Morgensterns’ Award.

Keith has extensive experience as an orchestral musician and has worked with orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Festival Opera and the BBC Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Richard Hickox, Pierre Boulez and Andris Nelsons. As a soloist, Keith has performed concerti by Mozart, Finzi, Weber and Copland in venues throughout the UK.

Keith was selected to participate on the Colin Metters’ International Conducting Course in 2012.  Recent appointments include Head of Wind and Brass at the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School and Head of Woodwind at Oakham School.  Keith has conducted Sinfonia of Birmingham, The National Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, The British Police Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, St Endellion Easter Festival Orchestra and the WorldCon Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s ExCeL Arena. Keith has worked with artists including James MacMillan, Mark Padmore, Roderick Williams and Sarah Fox.

In January 2010, Keith was appointed Music Director of the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra where he has seen the ensemble grow from strength-to-strength; WSO performs several concerts each season and Keith is a regular guest on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester promoting the orchestra and classical music amongst the local community. In 2014 WSO commissioned a new Children’s work in the style of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf entitled The Magic Bojabi Tree which was a huge success. In 2018 WSO performed in Worcester Cathedral in remembrance of the Armistice Centenary. Continuing his passion for music education, Keith worked with primary schools in the area to create a truly remarkable concert. In recognition of his services to WSO, Keith was honoured to be invited by Her Majesty the Queen to a private gathering to celebrate HRH’s Diamond Jubilee in Worcester.

As Principal conductor of Kimichi Symphony Orchestra, Keith received a 5 star review for his performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, “Slade’s rehearsal technique is undoubtedly persuasive, and his beat here was clear, histrionic and totally effectual” (Birmingham Post, January 2018.) He subsequently took the production to the Rudolfinum in Prague, and has since conducted Verdi’s Requiem with KSO which received another 5 stars “performance was spine tingling from the start.”

Keith is delighted to offer his services to the Royal Porcelain Works and help bring something different to our incredible venue and to the city of Worcester.

If you would like to suggest an artist for Friday Night Live, please email and we will see what we can do.

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  • June 5, 2020
  • Friday, 7:30PM to 9:00PM
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Friday Night Live with Oakham Piano Trio

The Hall, Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester. WR1 2NE

Friday, 7:30PM to 9:00PM
June 5, 2020


Keith Slade - Artistic Director of Music at Royal Porcelain Works

01905 677399

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Friday Night Live with Oakham Piano Trio

The Hall, Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester. WR1 2NE

Friday, 7:30PM to 9:00PM
June 5, 2020