Keswick’s culture scene

It comes as a surprise to many that Keswick has such a varied programme of cultural, sports, arts and music events on offer all through the year.

There’s always a good film screened by the Keswick Film Club on Sundays at the Alhambra Cinema through the winter months; and the good news now is that this 98 year old cinema – which itself has an excellent programme – has a more certain future since Tom Rennie, the manager for 20 years, has taken on the lease in order to keep the cinema open. Source: BBC news 3 Jan 2012. An interesting new feature will be Wednesdays, when more experimental, minority and foreign films will be screened.

The Words by the Water festival has just finished and as always has had a line up of fascinating talks, which can match what’s on offer at most other literary events.

This last Wednesday though I was in for a real treat at the Music Society’s choice for their March session. Dutch jazz and classics trained violinist, Tim Kliphuis was at the Theatre by the Lake with colleagues Roy Percy (bass) and Nigel Clark (guitar) to give a stunning performance of mesmerising string playing, which had the audience clapping for more.

Kliphuis was new to me but is clearly a highly talented virtuoso performer. The group is popular in Scotland, Holland and Germany and is performing in the summer in the US at the June Django Festival. They’ve been recently too on BBC 3.

Described as taking over the role of Stephen Grappelli, who worked with guitarist Django Reinhardt in the 1930s, Kliphuis’ verve and note-sure technique on an instrument that ruthlessly exposes any weakness, marks him out.

Watch out for the name and make sure you get to any concert of the Kliphuis Trio that’s on in your area! They’ve several CD’s available too.

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