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2 Mellerstain White Cottages
Scotland, TD3 6LG
United Kingdom

May 2 Richard Jenkinson (cello) and Benjamin Frith (piano)

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Concerts take place at Mellerstain House, commencing at 7:30 unless otherwise stated. Tickets should be booked in advance since the Music Room has limited capacity.


May 2 Richard Jenkinson (cello) and Benjamin Frith (piano)

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This is the opening concert for our 2019 season and we are thrilled to have an evening of Beethoven with Richard Jenkinson on cello and Benjamin Frith on piano.

Programme for May 2

Beethoven Sonata No.1 in F Op.5 No.1

Beethoven 12 Variations in G on “Seeing the Conquering Hero Comes” from Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus Op.45

Beethoven Sonata No.4 Op.102 No.1 in C major


12 Variations on Mozart’s Magic Flute, Ein Madchen oder Weibchen Op.66

Sonata No.3 Op.69 in A major

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Richard Jenkinson is Musical Director of the British Police Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of St John, Bromsgrove. In September 2016 he was appointed Music Director of the orchestra and choir of GKT Music Society at King's College, London and since September 2017 has been conductor of the Worcestershire Youth Orchestra. Following the completion of the OSJ’s cycle of Beethoven symphonies Richard and the orchestra will begin a series of concerts, commencing in July 2018, of the works of Johannes Brahms. Future concerts with the BPSO include Symphony Hall in December 2018 and the Royal Albert Hall in May 2019.

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 Dvorak 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. 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, Kings Place and also given several live BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. The quartet’s ‘Beethoven journey’ with the actor David Timson was also featured on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. As the cellist of the Dante Quartet he has recorded Kodaly's string quartets for Hyperion, Herbert Howells Quartets for Naxos and recently embarked upon a project to record the eight Stanford’s String Quartets on the Somm label. The quartet has performed several cycles of complete Beethoven Quartets and toured Japan in November of 2016. During 2018 the Dante Quartet played a cycle of Shostakovich Quartets and undertook tours to France and Japan.

Richard is completing a Ph.D on the music of Zoltan Kodaly at the University of Birmingham where he was awarded a Bramall scholarship.


Life student of Dame Fanny Waterman, Benjamin Frith won the Dudley National Concerto Competition at age fourteen, performing Saint-Saens 2nd Piano Concerto, subsequently making his recital debut at the Harrogate International Festival. His many awards culminated in joint top prize at the Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, then in 1989, the Gold Medal at the Artur Rubinstein Piano Master’s Competition, where he was also awarded the special prize for Chamber Music.

Many engagements with world renowned orchestras followed, such as IPO (Mehta), Warsaw Philharmonic (Atzmon) and later the Halle under John Wilson and Sir Mark Elder and recital tours from India, Kazakhstan, Israel and Egypt to the Far East and North America. He soon made recording contracts with ASV, then with Naxos, for whom he made a best-selling John Field Concerto Cycle with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. His solo recording of Schumann’s highly personal Davidsbundler op. 6 received the top recommendation on Radio Three’s programme, “Building a Library”.

During the latter half of his career there has been a concentration on the chamber repertoire, principally as pianist in the Gould Piano Trio, which has made regular tours to N. America being described recently in the Washington Post as ‘near musical perfection’. He has also formed the enterprising Frith Piano Quartet with cellist Richard Jenkinson and been the guest pianist of such illustrious ensembles as the Elias, Emperor, Endellion, Chilingarian, Wihan and Dante quartets.

Recent releases include the 2nd Piano Concerto of C.V.Stanford with BBCNOW coupled with his Dante Rhapsodies for solo piano, warmly received by BBC Music Magazine and chosen by the Gramophone’s critic, Jeremy Dibble, as his ‘Disc of the Year 2016‘

Last season saw Benjamin performing at the Wigmore Hall in Schumann’s Piano Quintet (Elias) and in 2018 he has continued with the Gould’s Wigmore Beethoven Piano Trio cycle and appeared as solo recitalist in China and Japan.

Benjamin Frith is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.