Ralph Vaughan Williams at 150 — A personal view by our vice-president David Mellor.
Annual General Meeting
It’s your society and we rely on your support for its continuing survival, so come and have your say. And stay around for the second half for a musical quiz.
Ruth Nye MBE can lay claim to an extraordinary career. As a star student of the great pianist Claudio Arrau, then as a distinguished pianist in her own right, she now teaches at the Yehudi Menuhin School. She talks about her life and career to her former student Emmanuel Despax, who delighted Putney Music members last season.
Donald Macleod, the familiar voice of Radio 3’s Composer of the Week, talks about life on the radio waves and much else to Andrew Keener.
7 November *
Alice Neary, principal cellist of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and co-founder of the Penarth Chamber Music Festival with her husband the violinist David Adams. She is much in demand as a chamber musician and teacher both in the UK and the USA. She reflects with her father and our vice-president Martin Neary on her multi-faceted career and life within an orchestra.
Siva Oke founded the independent record label SOMM Recordings 25 years ago. She talks to Andrew Neill about working with the artists whose sessions she produces for her label and about those with whom her paths have crossed during a long career in the recording profession.
Sir Thomas Allen CBE, the great baritone, talks to our vice-president Ian Partridge.
Andrew Barclay has been principal percussionist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra since 1995 and enjoys a parallel career as a teacher at London’s Royal Academy of Music. He is a popular coach at the Britten Pears School in Aldeburgh, the European Community Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He talks to Andrew Neill.
Paul Wee is one of BIS Records’ roster of distinguished pianists, having recorded some of the most challenging nineteenth century repertoire written for the instrument, including music by Alkan, Liszt and Thalberg. He combines his career as a pianist with that of a London-based barrister. He talks to his recording producer, Andrew Keener, about his passion for this ‘Golden Age’ of pianist-composers, his idols and the balancing act of combining two different careers.
6 February *
Timothy Ridout occupies a position as a young star of the viola. His exciting performance of Walton’s Viola Concerto at the 2021 Proms gained ecstatic reviews. He already has an impressive discography to his name and he talks to his former teacher Jonathan Barritt.
Elizabeth Wallfisch, the distinguished and much-recorded Baroque violinist talks to our vice-president Piers Lane about her life and work with ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hanover Band and the Raglan Baroque Players.
After winning first prize in the 2010 Cadaqués International Conducting Competition and assisting Sir Mark Elder in Manchester, Andrew Gourlay has enjoyed principal conductorship of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León with whom he has recorded Rachmaninov and Shostakovich symphonies. He has worked and recorded with many of the finest orchestras in Britain and abroad and he talks to Peter Avis.
We close the season by repeating of one of last year’s most popular events. Members are invited to offer and discuss their own choices of music with Peter Avis and Andrew Keener.
* Please note only 1 week between meetings
Programmes may be subject to alteration