Programme 2018-19

17 September
Comparing Notes 1,’…from both sides now’. With a respectful nod to the words of the song-writer Joni Mitchell, we start our season with Putney Music’s President, David Cairns, in conversation with his son Dan Cairns. They talk of their respective roles as CD reviewers of classical and popular music in The Sunday Times – and of course much elses.

1 October
Comparing Notes 2, Music Business. Sally Groves, Creative Director of the publisher Schott for four decades, talks with her brother Jonathan, Director of Groves Artists, about their careers. Their conversation will include memories of their father Sir Charles Groves.

15 October
Working with a Great Conductor. David Bell was for many years Herbert von Karajan’s organist of choice on the conductor’s recordings featuring that instrument. He shares his recollections of working as organist and sometimes producer with the maestro in the studio, and of his career as EMI’s Chief Tape Editor.

29 October
From Couperin to Tchaikovsky. The young Russian-born pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, whose repertoire on disc and the concert platform is as wide-ranging as his interests outside music (he is a collector of antique perfume), talks to his recording producer Andrew Keener.

5 November *
On and off the record. Andrew McGregor, a familiar Radio 3 voice both as presenter of the Saturday morning programme Record Review and many of the network’s concert relays, talks to Andrew Keener.

19 November
The Countertenor-Man’s Story 2. Following the success of last season’s visit by James Bowman, we welcome Iestyn Davies, one of today’s top young counter tenors and son of the Fitzwilliam Quartet cellist Ioan Davies. Iestyn’s repertoire ranges from Handel to Britten and beyond and he shares some highlights of his life and career with Putney Music’s vice-president Martin Neary.

3 December 
The Genius Leonard Bernstein. Our vice-president David Mellor reviews the life and work of Bernstein in this his centenary year and asks whether you can have too much talent.


7 January
‘Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two’. Had Chopin been able to hear the cellists Steven Isserlis, our vice-president, and Raphael Wallfisch (son of the pianist Peter Wallfisch and the cellist and author Anita Lasker-Wallfisch) he might well have substituted ‘cello’ for ‘guitar’. Steven talks to Raphael about the latter’s life, career and probably much else.

21 January
Certainly Not Too Loud. With our apologies to Gerald Moore, whose book Am I Too Loud? helped to raise the status of the piano accompanist to its proper place as duo partner, Julius Drake, one of today’s most renowned practitioners of the art, talks to Christopher Cook.

4 February
A Life of Lucky Chances. Jane Clark Dodgson, harpsichordist and authority on the music of François Couperin and Scarlatti, is the widow of the renowned composer Stephen Dodgson and Trustee of the charity devoted to the dissemination of her husband’s music. Her lively personality has ensured friendships down the decades with a Who’s Who of composers, BBC music producers, fellow-performers, composers and other important figures in the music world. She talks to Peter Avis.

18 February — 7.30pm start
Annual Social. Our President David Cairns and vice-president Martin Neary set the evening in motion with reminiscences and a music quiz.

4 March
Comparing Notes 3, Piano Partners. Jeremy Menuhin and his wife Mookie Lee-Menuhin reflect to our vice-president Piers Lane on life as solo pianists and partners in a successful piano-duo team.

18 March
Grande Dame. To close our season, Dame Janet Baker will talk to our vice-president Ian Partridge about her life and career.

* Please note only 1 week between meetings

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