It is unlikely that Putney Music will be able to meet again in Dryburgh Hall before the end of the current season in March. Let’s all look forward to starting the new season in September and meeting in person again.
Meanwhile our tireless Programme Secretaries have produced another superb video for us to enjoy:
Elizabeth Wilson, cellist, teacher, and author, studied with Rostropovich in Moscow, playing in his classes with her friend Jacqueline du Pré. The author of definitive biographies of Rostropovich, Shostakovich (A Life Remembered) and du Pré, she talks to our vice-president Steven Isserlis about her life and the musicians she has encountered.
This new video joins our Putney on screen collection HERE
Putney Music was founded in 1950 by the critic and writer, Ralph Hill as a Gramophone Society, but has grown and developed over the years to become a much-admired forum where members and visitors can meet internationally renowned musicians in an informal setting.
We are a society of music lovers who meet fortnightly from September to April to hear some of the world’s most celebrated musicians talk, with recorded and sometimes visual illustrations, about their lives and work. Our meetings provide a rare opportunity to learn how great musicians approach their work, and to hear about the private person behind the public image. Our guest speakers come from all fields of music – the concert hall, recital platform, opera, ballet, television and film – and include producers, broadcasters, critics and writers in addition to performers. Their fields of expertise may vary, but what unites them is their status within their field. You can see just what we mean by looking at our amazing list of past speakers.
Our society has almost 200 members. Some of us have a considerable knowledge of music while others have very little, but what we all share is a great love of music and a desire to learn. Our meetings take place in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, in which each meeting is invariably an extremely enjoyable occasion for both audience and speakers. We start at 7.45pm and finish by 9.45pm, with a short interval for coffee, cake and conversation in the middle.