Programme 2015-2016

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 9        Tribute to our late President
We open our season with a tribute to our late President, Ted Greenfield, who passed away on July 1st.

September 16        Recording with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales
BBCNOW Principal horn, Ian Fisher, recalls some of his experiences  making recordings with the orchestra.

September23        The Long Road to Recognition
How many women composers can you name?   Neil Pritchard reveals some notable music composed by women over the past 200 years.

September 30        Mozart and the Concerto
Mozart’s accomplishments in the form helped to elevate the concerto to the level of the symphony in the eighteenth century. Terence Gilmore-James illustrates the composer’s genius in this genre.

October 7        Symphonic Brass
An annual event in the church’s calendar to which members of the society are cordially invited.

October 14        Music Magazine, Vol 67/1
A miscellany of recorded music and comment on items of topical or special interest, presented by editor Brian Gardiner.

October 21        Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky was the first Russian composer to achieve international acclaim,   David Perkins includes in his survey examples of orchestral, vocal and instrumental music.

October 28        Members’ Choice
The first of  two opportunities to suggest favourite pieces of music. Rod Delamere is again our resident DJ!

November 4        Six of the Best
Who is to say what is good or bad in music?   Ian Cheverton selects a number of pieces which hopefully will get us thinking, whether we agree or not with his verdict.

November 11        The Berlin Philharmonic  
From somewhat dubious beginnings, The  Berlin Philharmonic grew into one of the world’s greatest orchestras.  Geoff Trinick focuses on some of the conductors who have presided over this formidable band.

November 18        Bach’s Latin Church Music
Much of Bach’s church music was written to German texts. But, as Keith Griffin reveals, the B minor Mass was not his only work to use Latin texts.

November 25        An evening with Suzanne Murphy                                             
We are privileged this evening to have a visit from this former WNO principal soprano who will be interviewed by Chris Ball.



January 13        New Year Get-together
A social evening to launch the new year with music, refreshments and a chance to socialize!

January 20        Italy: the Home of Opera?
Has the Italian opera tradition always been dominant?  In an audio-visual presentation Rowland Edwards tries to show how other national traditions may have challenged it.

January 27        Inspired by Nature
Composers have always found inspiration in the sounds of the natural world as Neil Pritchard reveals with a wide range of musical examples.

February 3        Richard Strauss’ final years      
Gwyn Parry-Jones takes us through this productive period in the composer’s life which gave us the Four Last Songs, Metamorphosen and the opera Capriccio.

February 10        By Royal Appointment  
The inspiration for Chris Ball’s talk is a series of concerts held at Buckingham Palace between 1880 and 1899, featuring Queen Victoria’s favourite composers.

February 17        Music Magazine, Vol 67/2
Another miscellany of recorded music and comment on items of topical or special interest, presented by editor Brian Gardiner.

February 24        The Sound of St John’s
The choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, is justly famous. Geraint Lewis presents a portrait in sound of a choir which has always rivalled neighbouring King’s.

March 2        Robert Schumann
Best known for the evergreen piano concerto, John Thomas explores Schumann’s output in the field of songs, chamber music and solo piano music.

March 9        Members’ Choice
A second opportunity to let Rod Delamere haveyour personal favourite pieces of music

March 16        What is Jazz?   
New presenter Martin Healey takes us on a journey through the history of jazz and events that have influenced it.

March 23        Lady with violin
Michael Bell highlights the talents of some of today’s outstanding female violinists, including Janine Jansen and Nicola Benedetti.

March 30        The Annual General Meeting