Programme 2016-17

19 September
Knowing the Score 1. Vladimir Jurowski, Principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, a principal artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and former music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, talks to Timothy Walker, the LPO’s Chief Executive.[This event will be filmed by Friends of the London Philharmonic.].

3 October
‘Nothing is more beautiful than the  sound of a guitar, save perhaps two'. Chopin’s remark is reflected by this evening’s presence of two practitioners of the instrument. Stephen Goss, guitarist, composer for film and concert platform, whose works have been performed by Ian Bostridge and fellow-guitarist John Williams, is interviewed by Stewart French, guitarist, mathematician, music entrepreneur and recording producer.

17 October
Knowing the Score 2. Mark Wigglesworth’s conducting appointments have included positions with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. His resignation earlier this year as music director of English National Opera, giving rise to many column inches in the press, will no doubt be touched upon in his conversation with Peter Avis.

31 October
Comparing Notes 1. Vocal Memories. A feast of an evening, with a trio of singers reminiscing onstage. Sheila Armstrong, a familiar and much-loved soprano until her retirement in the mid-1990s, joins the baritone Stephen Roberts, whose distinguished career encompasses the operatic stage and concert platform. Putney Music’s Vice-President Ian Partridge keeps order.

7 November *
Master of Voices. The choral conductor, composer and arranger Louis Halsey has been associated with such illustrious names in Twentieth Century music as Britten, Stravinsky, Tippett and Vaughan Williams. Here he talks about his career with recordings both private and commercial.

21 November
Hampton Court Amazing. Carl Jackson, Director of Music at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court, talks to Putney Music’s Vice-President Martin Neary about his career as an organist, working with singers and the protocol of his directorship at Hampton Court.

5 December 
Travels with my Violin. One of today’s most renowned international violinists, Alina Ibragimova, talks to her recording producer Andrew Keener about her career, working in the recording studio and performing both as soloist and chamber musician.


16 January
Rhodes to the Piano. The pianist James Rhodes’ story is one of the most remarkable among today’s performers. A traumatic and damaging childhood (described in his autobiography, ‘Instrumental’) overcome by obsession with music and enormous determination has been followed by a renowned and successful career both as soloist and communicator. In a conversation with Andrew Keener, expect some passionate reflections on music and trenchant views on the music industry.

30 January – 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.

6 February *
Comparing Notes 2. Pen or Sword?Hugh Canning, Chief Critic of the Sunday Times, and John Allison, Editor of Opera magazine, talk about the role of today’s music critic.

20 February
Speaking for myself. Our Vice-President, Ian Partridge, takes the Putney stage for reminiscences and wisdom, covering a career as one of Britain’s best-loved tenors for half a century.

6 March
‘ph’ and ‘v’. The great pianist and polymath Stephen Hough, talks to his friend, Putney Music’s Vice-President Steven Isserlis, about performance, their nicknames for each other (the clue is in the title) and finding time for a multi-faceted career which might seem to necessitate two lives.

20 March
Friends and Places. To end our season, Putney Music’s President, David Cairns, looks back over a career encompassing music scholarship and association with some of the most illustrious figures in the world of music of the past seventy years.

24 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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