Patron of The Rudolf Kempe Society

I am very flattered and delighted to be Patron of the Rudolf Kempe Society as successor to the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. I admire Cordula Kempe so much and think the work that she does is tremendous.

Do come to her wonderful programmes of word and music, Songs of Apollo - in which I have taken part myself and thoroughly enjoyed! And don’t miss the concerts given by the extremely talented musicians of the Rudolf Kempe International Young Artists Platform!

Also given at the uniquely congenial atmosphere of the KEMPE STUDIO at THE MUSES in Stratford, the Society's new series of creative and inspiring Public Master Classes awaits you, with an international line-up of great artists of today teaching the great artists of tomorrow!

Dame Judi Dench, Patron of The Rudolf Kempe Society
Dame Judy Dench

The Rudolf Kempe Society History

Founded in 1980 by English musicians in memory of the great German conductor, the Rudolf Kempe Society - under the Artistic Directorship of his widow, Cordula, and with the encouragement of many eminent fellow artists - has for 30 years supported young musicians through master classes and workshops, and by affording them opportunities for concerts and radio recordings both in the UK and in Germany.

These activities also involve the general public by giving them insight into the process of artistic creation and interpretation, thus enhancing their enjoyment and understanding of music and of those who devote their lives to performing it.  The results are palpable both on and off stage.

A unique contribution in this context are the word and music programmes, addressing as they do the widest possible range of interest in the arts, and in so many issues, big or small, of our lives as reflected in them.

SONGS OF APOLLO are known to have converted ‘unmusical’ people to music, and drawn ‘philistines’ to the theatre who would never have dreamed of setting foot in one.   We are very keen to break new ground to reach wider audiences, especially young people, and those who are underprivileged or feel too shy to take the initiative of venturing into the arts.

You are cordially invited to come and experience our performances, as well as our workshops which are greatly stimulating, and to alert your family and friends to our work and bring them along.  We would be delighted to welcome you as Friends of the Society, especially at our own unique venue, the new KEMPE STUDIO AT THE MUSES, where a series of intimate recitals, poetry readings and workshops await you!

The Kempe Society

The Rudolf Kempe Society, founded in London in 1980, and its German Branch, launched in Munich in 1982, are both registered charities which, through a variety of activities in England and Germany, work independently as well as through an exchange scheme towards the same goal in professional education: to bridge the gap between the means of training generally offered by established institutions and the ever-increasing demands made on young musicians entering the profession.

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