Programme 2018-2019

Cardiff Recorded Music Society meets on Wednesday evenings 7.25pm to 9.30pm
at St Edward's Church, Blenheim Road, Penylan, Cardiff, CF23 5DE

The Committee reserves the right to cancel or modify any advertised programme without notice.


September 5       Inspired by Photographs
A fascinating title for our president,  Chris Ball's opening talk which will feature great singers of the past such as Giovanni Martinelli, Mary Garden and others.

September 12        Figures in Music
There is a double meaning here, as David Perkins plays with numbers and at the same time introduces some famous names in the world of music.

September 19       Marin Alsop
Female conductors are, quite rightly, beginning to make their mark on the classical music scene.  The American Marin Alsop is currently chief conductor of both the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (with whom she will feature at this year's Proms) and the Sao Paulo State Orchestra.   Neil Pritchard takes us on a musical journey through the life of this remarkable musician.

September 26        Maladies and Melodies
Heather Payne examines illnesses affecting musicians and the effect they can have on their music.

October 3         Swingtime!
Our jazz aficionado Colin Heath explores three decades of big band jazz, featuring some star performers of the period.

October 10        Music Magazine, Vol 70/1
A miscellany of recorded music and comment on items of topical or special interest, presented by editor Neil Pritchard.

October 17         Symphonic Brass
An annual event in St Edwards calendar to which members of the society are cordially invited.

October 24         My 'Desert Island'  choices
Cardiff Philharmonic conductor Michael Bell MBE invites us to share his top eight recordings and explains how and why they got there.

October 31         Leonard Bernstein
"Lenny" was without doubt one of the outstanding musicians of the twentieth century.  Gwyn Parry-Jones explores his work as a composer and conductor over nearly 50 years.

November 7        After the Guns fell Silent
Tim Taylor examines the ways in which certain composers responded in their music to the horrors of the 1914-18 conflict.

November 14         Let the People Sing!
Keith Griffin takes a look at the choral 'revolution' which happened in the nineteenth century - the second British choral 'golden age'.

November 21         Sir Hubert Parry
Our most famous unknown composer?  Geraint Lewis examines the career of Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (to give him his full name), best known - and for some perhaps only known - for his choral song "Jerusalem".

November 28         Members' Choice
The first of this season's opportunities to suggest favourite pieces of music. Rod Delamere is again our resident DJ!


January 9        Social evening
We again start the new year with the opportunity to socialise more than is possible at our regular meetings. There will of course be music and refreshments, provided by the committee.

January 16       The Film Music of John Williams
For many the name John Williams will always be associated with the music for the cinematic epic Star Wars but the list of his compositions for the big screen is a lengthy one, as Neil Pritchard will demonstrate.

January 23        Brahms: the Symphonist
Well-known they may be, but Ian Cheverton attempts to throw some fresh light on the four symphonies of Johannes Brahms, taking into account some new recordings and some new ideas on interpretation.

January 30        Music Magazine, Vol 70/2
Another miscellany of recorded music and comment on items of topical or special interest, presented by editor  Neil Pritchard.

February 6         Martha Argerich - an Argentinian enigma
Winner of the 1965 Warsaw International Chopin Competition at just sixteen, Martha Argerich embarked on a brilliant, if unconventional, career as a concert pianist.  Geoff Trinick takes us through some of the highlights of her recorded legacy.

February 13         From One to Nine
An enigmatic title perhaps, but Lynne Plummer can be relied upon to make it the basis of a fascinating evening, with a few surprises thrown in.

February 20         An Accidental Career
International baritone, Eric Roberts looks back over a career first as an art teacher, then as an opera singer. He will intersperse recordings with anecdotes about colleagues encountered along the way.

February 27         Members' Choice
A second opportunity to let Rod Delamere have your personal favourite pieces of music.

March 6         Composers' Houses and Haunts
Norman Doe explores the influence locations can have on a composer's music.

March 13         "There's nothing like a Dame"
Nothing to do with Rodgers & Hammerstein, simply a hook on which Liz Paciello can hang her talk on the fortunes (and misfortunes?) of women in the world of classical music.

March 20         Richard Rodney Bennett
Terence Gilmore-James closes our season of presentations with an exploration of the music of this very fine English composer, concert and jazz pianist, and broadcaster.

March 27         Annual General Meeting


Previous years' programmes:   2014-15    2015-16    2016-17    2017-18