Putney Music Calendar 2012 - 2013

This season's programme of talks on classical music


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Meetings are held in The Dryburgh Hall, Putney Leisure Centre, Dryburgh Road, at the junction with Upper Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 1BL.

Meetings usually take place fortnightly on Monday evenings at 8.00 p.m. from September to April. They last for about two hours with a short interval when coffee and cakes are available.

Putney Music is a Registered Charity, Reg’n No. 1066524

Affiliated to the Federation of Recorded Music Societies

Monday 17 September

David Cairns, President of Putney Music, opens the new season with his thoughts on The Marriage of Figaro; Mozart's and Da Ponte's (almost) perfect marriage.

Monday 1 October

The highly popular conductor, composer and arranger, John Wilson, familiar to Prom audiences for his reconstructions of Hollywood film scores, talks to Peter Avis.

Monday 15 October

From Russia with Love. Martyn Brabbins, conductor of Havergal Brian’s massive Gothic Symphony at last year’s Proms, talks with Piers Burton-Page about his studies with the great Russian pedagogue Ilya Musin, his vast repertoire and the question as to whether conducting can be taught.

Monday 29 October

A Pilgrim in Cockaigne: Elgar, his music and the gramophone. Andrew Neill talks with Andrew Keener about recorded performances of Elgar’s music from the composer’s own to the present day.

Monday 19 November

A Life with Music. John McCabe, the composer, pianist and music writer makes a welcome return to . He talks to Robert Philip about his multi-faceted musical life.

Monday 3 December

David Mellor, a Vice-President of Putney Music, uncovers Aspects of Wagner.


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.

Putney Music was founded in 1950 by the critic and writer, Ralph Hill. It began as a Gramophone Society, which 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.

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.

Putney Music extends a welcome to everyone. For young people, especially those studying music, meetings provide a rare opportunity to learn from great musicians how they approach their work, triggering ideas and inspirations that could last a lifetime. For the older person, it offers a unique experience of meeting and learning from the private person behind the public image.


Annual Subscription is £30.00
(Subscriptions for January to April at half the normal fee)

Visitors: temporary membership per meeting £8.00
(Refundable if joining within 14 days or at next meeting)

Young persons under 18 FREE

Additional donations to the Society are always welcome.
Email for membership details

August 24, 2012