Programme 2015-16

21 September
From Borsetshire to Biscay. Two familiar voices on Radio 4, Carole Boyd (Lynda Snell in the Archers) and Zeb Soanes (presenter, news reader and voice of the shipping forecast) talk about the part music, radio and the performing arts play in their lives.

5 October
Keeping it in the Family. Martin Neary and his cellist daughter Alice Neary reflect on the similarities and divergence of their professional lives.

19 October
Past Encounters and Present Thoughts. For a decade Piers Burton-Page’s interviews with musicians have enlivened evenings at Putney Music. Now, in the year of his standing down as a Vice-President, he reflects on a life as a Radio 3 producer, broadcaster and critic.

2 November
Palace Aforethought. Judith Weir, who became Master of the Queen’s Music last year, talks to Tom Hutchinson about the role of the composer in public and academic life.

16 November
Piers Lane was to have interviewed violinist Jack Liebeck but unfortunately Jack cannot now appear. His place has been taken by the conductor Rebecca Miller and her pianist husband Danny Driver. They will talk to Piers about their separate and joined musical careers.

30 November
Sweet is the song, beautiful the words. Catherine Bott, the soprano, baroque specialist and Classic FM presenter talks to Ian Partridge about balancing a performing, academic and broadcasting career.

7 December *
Exchanging Bows. Actor Simon Callow is interviewed by Steven Isserlis, the cellist. Expect insights about performance from their respective standpoints.2016

18 January
Hallé of Fame. The conductor, Sir Mark Elder, Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra, talks about working with musicians in the concert hall and in the opera house.

1 February – 7.30pm start
Party Music. President David Cairns and Vice-president Martin Neary introduce their choice of music for Putney Music’s New Year social.

15 February – this programme was originally planned for 21 March
Lord and Lady of the RingDavid Cairns with a portrait of two great Wagnerian opera singers – the soprano Frida Leider and the tenor Jon Vickers, who died in July 2015.

29 February
From South Kensington to East Anglia. Roger Wright, the Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music and former Controller of BBC Radio 3 and The Proms, tells Peter Avis about his life with music and musicians.

7 March *
David Mellor makes his popular annual appearance at Putney Music.

21 March – this programme was originally planned for 15 February
The pianist Nicholas McCarthy, born without a right hand, has made a speciality of music written for the left hand alone. Peter Avis talks to him about his wide-ranging repertoire, the challenges and triumphs of his student years, and his recent recording contract with Warner Classics.

25 April – 7.30pm start
Annual General Meeting followed by wine, buffet and a raffle.

* Please note only 1 week between meetings

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