Putney on screen
Our growing collection of video presentations, recorded for us by some of our scheduled 2020‑21 season presenters and their interviewers and expertly edited by audio engineer Oscar Torres.
In our latest video we have two pianists from entirely different backgrounds coming together as duo partners. Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva are equally at home as international piano soloists and duo partners. Founders of the London Piano Festival, with its array of distinguished friends and colleagues, they talk to our vice-president Piers Lane about combining careers as soloists, duettists, and festival organisers HERE.
Translator, song competition juror, author of numerous books on the song repertoire (including The Book of Lieder, an approachable and definitive study and translation of over a thousand songs), former teacher of German at Westminster School and Professor of Lieder at London’s Royal Academy of Music, Richard Stokes talks to our vice-president Ian Partridge about his life with the art of song HERE. Texts and translations of the music played HERE.
Richard’s next book, The Complete Songs of Hugo Wolf. Life. Letters. Lieder, will be published by Faber in the Autumn and launched at Wigmore Hall on 2 October 2021.
Sian Edwards combines a career in front of some of the world’s finest orchestras and opera companies with her position as Head of Conducting at London’s Royal Academy of Music. She studied in Russia with the pedagogue Ilya Musin the year before her friend and contemporary Martyn Brabbins. This was followed by engagements at Glyndebourne, Covent Garden and English National Opera (where she was music director in the 1990s). She talks to Andrew Keener HERE
Hailed in Gramophone magazine as ‘the current forerunner in the new generation of Lieder singers’, the young German baritone Benjamin Appl has already established an impressive discography ranging from Bach to Sibelius. He talks to our vice-president Ian Partridge HERE
In this Putney Music Extra Sir Donald Runnicles, General Music Director of Deutsche Oper Berlin, Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival, Principal Guest Conductor of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Emeritus of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra talks to his university friend Andrew Keener about his love of Wagner and other German composers HERE
A conversation between BBC weather forecaster Ben Rich and Andrew Keener, which was to have been our evening at Putney on 19 October. A familiar face on television, Ben is also much in demand as a violinist with London’s semi-professional orchestras. He talks to Andrew about his career, music and meteorology HERE
…is the title of Brian Kay's autobiography by Brian Kay — conductor, broadcaster, and founder-member of The King’s Singers. Brian looks back on a half-century of professional music making, talking to Peter Avis HERE
Privileged to work in the recording studio with some of today’s most notable musicians, Putney Music’s Programme Secretary Andrew Keener dons the hat of his day job as an Independent Recording Producer to talk to Andrew Neill about musical awakenings and the perilous art of keeping artists happy under the baleful eye of the red recording lights HERE