2020-21 Season

Uncertain times
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Music, my life – A Gallimaufry of Musical Memories

We are delighted to present the second of our online presentations, this time a conversation between Brian Kay and Peter Avis which was to have been our evening at Putney on 16 November. Conductor, broadcaster and founder-member of The King’s Singers, Brian looks back on a half-century of professional music making. Oscar Torres has worked his magic again in editing the recording. Now on Vimeo HERE

Brian's new book Music, my life – A Gallimaufry of Musical Memories is available from Umbria Press HERE, Book Depository HERE, Amazon HERE, or a postal order form can downloaded HERE.


Defusing the Red Light

The September talk between Andrew Keener and Andrew Neill on Vimeo HERE.



See the What's on and Speakers in the menu above for details of the wonderfully varied programme planned for our 2020/21 season. Please note that Members must book in advance and that numbers may be limited in order to meet Covid-19 guidelines. 




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.




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