RECOLLECTIONS OF HANS KELLER

11 am : Who is Hans Keller?

Hans Keller’s biographer Alison Garnham gives an introductory lecture, followed by a panel discussion chaired by Keller’s friend and long-term colleague Julian Hogg. Panel includes Jane Gillie, Christopher Hailey, Bayan Northcott and Hugh Wood.

Tickets £10

2.30 pm : Music Workshop based on Hans Keller’s analysis of Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor K.421

In the late 1950s Hans Keller devised a wordless form of musical analysis to demonstrate the ‘unity of contrasting themes’ within a single work. He composed fifteen such ‘functional analyses’.

Using Keller’s detailed analysis of the piece, the Accendo Quartet work with Levon Chilingirian and Keller’s literary executor Christopher Wintle on Mozart’s D minor quartet from the set dedicated to Haydn. The Accendo Quartet (Juliette Roos, Sabin Sargejeva, Alex McFarlane & Daniel Benn) are currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where Hans Keller taught in the 1980s and Levon Chilingirian teaches now. The Chilingirian Quartet were themselves coached by Hans Keller in the 1970s.

Tickets £10

6 pm : Film: ‘The Keller Instinct’

A rare screening of a documentary film first shown on Channel 4 in 1986 that offers a personal view of Hans Keller at the end of his life and includes commentary from many distinguished musicians, presented by the clarinettist Anton Weinberg, friend and pupil of Keller. The film has been specially re-mastered for the centenary, and Anton Weinberg will introduce this special screening.

Tickets £5

7.30 pm : Elias String Quartet plays Mozart, Britten and Beethoven

In 1945, a chance hearing of Britten’s new opera Peter Grimes set the young Hans Keller on a new path as a writer on music. One of his first articles was the controversial ‘Britten and Mozart’, outlining striking similarities in the two composers’ creative characters. In tonight’s concert, Britten’s second quartet, written shortly after the premiere of Grimes, is heard alongside Mozart’s quartet in D minor, K.421, Keller’s analysis of which features in today’s music workshop. After the interval, the Elias Quartet will play one of Beethoven’s last and most searching contributions to the medium, the quartet in B flat, Op.130, on which Keller wrote and lectured many times in his later years.

Tickets £40, £35, £30, £25, £18