Programme 2019-20

16 September
Comparing Notes. The Navarra Quartet. In a ‘first’ for Putney Music, we are delighted to open our new season with a string quartet – and one of today’s most distinguished such ensembles.  The players will be talking to Andrew Keener.

30 September 7.30pm start
AGM and Party
. Our president David Cairns will offer his thoughts on the delights of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.  Following this there’s food and wine which will keep the wolf from the door accompanied by a short quiz devised by Andrew and Peter. Come and be a voice for your cherished Society and win prizes at the same time.

7 October *
Forty Years in Sync. Celebrating 40 years of delighting audiences with the range and richness of music for two pianos, David Nettle and Richard Markham talk to Peter Avis about their work, travels and their rare Pleyel double piano.

21 October
Baroque World. From Bach to Handel, Bernstein to new music, the soprano Carolyn Sampson has inhabited characters in the widest range of repertoire both on the opera stage and the recital platform.  She talks to our vice-president Ian Partridge.

4 November 
Virtuoso Ambassador. Since her success at the age of 16 in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, Nicola Benedetti CBE has continued not only as one of today’s top-flight violinists, but as an eloquent ambassador for the vital importance of music in education. She talks to Andrew Neill.

18 November
Diva assoluta. The soprano Lesley Garrett CBE needs no introduction as a household name in the world of opera, combining accessibility to a wide range of audiences with a fiercely uncompromising approach to her art. She talks to Peter Avis.

2 December 
Playing for Diversity. One of today’s most familiar figures as a player on the concert platform (for 30 years she was the principal double bass with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), as a broadcaster and as the founder member of Chineke! the orchestra committed to racial diversity, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE talks about her diverse career to Margaret Casely-Hayford CBE.


6 January
Piano Benchmarc. The Canadian pianist and composer Marc-André Hamelin, renowned for the breadth of his repertoire from the great classics to the immense virtuoso challenges of ‘golden age’ pianism including Godowsky, Alkan and Feinberg, talks to Andrew Keener.

20 January
Artistic Fusion. The composer Brett Dean and his artist wife Heather Betts talk to Putney Music’s vice-president Piers Lane about their lives, careers and mutual inspiration.

3 February
Something in the Big Round Building. With his experience as Chief Executive of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the European Arts Festival, David Pickard talks to Ian Partridge about his career as General Director of Glyndebourne and his present role as Controller of the BBC Proms.

17 February
The Biography. If you only read one ‘life’ of a musician this year, make sure it’s Oliver Soden’s ground-breaking book on Sir Michael Tippett. Sharing the platform with the author to talk about this hugely readable and scholarly study will be our president David Cairns who was involved with several of Sir Colin Davis’ recording sessions of Tippett’s music when working at Philips Records in the 1970s.

2 March
Composing Myself. The prominent British composer and teacher Julian Anderson studied with John Lambert, Alexander Goehr and Tristan Murail. His works include several Prom commissions in a wide variety of genres. He talks to Peter Avis.

16 March
On the Air and Off the Page. For some 50 years Stephen Walsh has been among the most vividly communicative of broadcasters, authors and critics. His biographies of Stravinsky and Mussorgsky remain as touchstones, and an acclaimed study of Debussy was published last year.  This evening he talks to his friend and contemporary at Caius College Cambridge, Putney Music’s vice-president Martin Neary.

* Please note only 1 week between meetings

Programmes may be subject to alteration

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