New Season of Putney Music Talks

Harpsichordist, Jane Clark Dodgson talks to Peter Avis about her life and work

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Putney Music has published the programme for the series of talks planned by the society over six months.

This next talk 'A Life of Lucky Chances' on 4 February finds Jane Clark Dodgson, harpsichordist and authority on the music of François Couperin and Scarlatti talking to Peter Avis. She is a harpsichordist and authority on Francois Couperin and the Spanish influence on Domenico Scarlatti. She will be talking about her life and work, and in particular her late husband the composer Stephen Dodgson, whose music she champions through a charitable trust.No composer’s widow known to the present writer does this with more persuasiveness, animation and dedication!

Dodgson was one of the UK’s most prolific composers, and like many of his generation, he was a BBC producer and frequent broadcaster. Through meeting his wife, his musical interests extended beyond an already wide range to encompass baroque and music for harpsichord. The evening promises to be rich with anecdote about, and insights into, the figures who enriched the world of British music and broadcasting in the latter half of the Twentieth Century.

Putney Music is a society of music lovers who meet fortnightly from September to April to hear some of the world’s most celebrated musicians talk about their lives and work. Guest speakers come from all fields of music – the concert hall, recital platform, opera, ballet, television and film; and also include producers, broadcasters, critics and writers.

Meetings usually take place fortnightly on Monday evenings at 8.00 p.m. at the The Dryburgh Hall, Putney Leisure Centre, SW15 1BL from September to April. They last for about two hours with a short interval when tea, coffee & wine are available. Members & young persons are admitted for free with visitors charged £8. Annual membership is £35.

Putney Music: 2018-19 Season


18 February 7.30pm start Annual Social
David Cairns and Martin Neary set the evening in motion with reminiscences and a music quiz.

4 March Comparing Notes 3, Piano Partners
Jeremy Menuhin and his wife Mookie Lee-Menuhin reflect to Piers Lane on life as solo pianists and partners in a successful piano-duo team.

18 March Grande Dame

To close our season, Dame Janet Baker will talk to our vice-president Ian Partridge about her life and career.

* Please note only 1 week between meetings

Putney Music was founded in 1950 by the critic and writer, Ralph Hill. It began as a Gramophone Society, and now provides a place where members and visitors can meet internationally renowned musicians in an informal setting.

The Society enjoys a membership of over two hundred members, some of whom have a considerable knowledge of music while others have very little, but all share a great love of music.

Additional donations to the Society are always welcome.

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January 24, 2019

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