Programme 2016-2017

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 7       There's no Business like Show Business!
Neil Pritchard opens our season with an exploration of the landmarks of music theatre from Jerome Kern and Cole Porter, through Rogers & Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

September 14        Papa Haydn and his great pupils
It is generally known that Haydn taught Beethoven and was a mentor of Mozart, but
how far did his teaching extend?  Geraint Lewis reveals other composers of the time who came under his tutelage.

September 21        Originally Unpublished Recordings
Chris Ball presents a selection of recordings made by such artists as Ferrier, Flagstad and others which were never released when first made but are now regarded as musically and historically significant.

September 28        The Lyrita Legacy
The Lyrita label appeared in the 1960s, recording mainly previously unrecorded British music in outstanding performances and superb sound.  David Perkins presents a selection from a recent compilation celebrating 50 years of the company.

October 5         Buried Treasure
Ian Cheverton presents a programme of interesting rarities and discoveries he has
turned up and hopes that we too shall find some gems among his treasure trove.

October 12         Symphonic Brass
An annual event in St Edwards calendar to which members of the society are cordially invited.  We may be called a recorded music society but we should always support live music too.

October 19         Music Magazine, Vol 68/1
A miscellany of recorded music and comment on items of topical or special interest, presented by editor Brian Gardiner.

October 26         1951: A significant year for RVW
1951 was the year of the Festival of Britain and the opening of the Royal Festival Hall in London.  Terence Gilmore-James highlights certain works of Ralph Vaughan Williams which were directly inspired by the festivities.

November 2         Members' Choice
The first of this season's opportunities to suggest favourite pieces of music. Rod Delamere is again our resident DJ!

November 9         A personal choice
As a change from choosing a specialist subject, Keith Griffin has been invited to delve into some of his own favourite pieces of music.  Keith has accumulated great experience in many aspects of music-making, so this has the makings of a most interesting evening.  

November 16         An evening with Stefan Morris
A regular orchestral cellist, Neath-born Stefan Morris is also a soloist, founder of the Nidium Ensemble and a teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey.  Our president Chris Ball interviews him about his career, with recorded illustrations.

November 23         Do composers retire?
Pablo Casals famously said "To retire means to die".  Tim Taylor makes a welcome return to the society to examine the lives of certain composers which viewed retirement in different ways and a few who tragically never reached that stage.

November 30         End-of-year Social Evening
Tonight we anticipate the festive season by a few weeks by holding a social evening with music (of course!), refreshments and a chance to socialise more than is possible at our regular meetings.


January 11        French Chanson
Lynne Plummer has a particular love of French songs, ancient and modern, and will present a selection of her favourites, some familiar, some less so, and some with an interesting history.

January 18        From the former President's A-list
Our late President, Ted Greenfield, was one of the leading record reviewers of his time.  Rowland Edwards has been scouring 20 years of Gramophone magazines for a selection of recordings which Ted considered had particular merit.

January 25        Richard Strauss; The 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 1         Inessa Galante: A Classical Pop Star?
The career of Latvian soprano Inessa Galante really took off after the collapse of the Soviet Union, enabling her to accept engagements in the West and gain international recognition.   Mavis Slaughter presents highlights of the opera star's career.

February 8         Icons of Jazz
Jazz enthusiast Colin Heath presents a programme featuring notable vocal and instrumental artists from different periods and therefore different styles.

February 15         Music Magazine, Vol 68/2
Another miscellany of recorded music and comment on items of topical or special interest, presented by editor Brian Gardiner.

February 22         A Conductor's Perspective
Eugene Monteith, an Irish-born conductor who has worked with the BBC NOW and orchestras in his native country, discusses the placement of sections within a symphony orchestra.  Do/did composers influence the way the orchestra was arranged, or was it the other way round?

March 1         Discoveries
Have you ever got to know and love a piece of music as a result, perhaps, of hearing it accidentally on the radio?  John Thomas presents an evening of music he first came across by chance.

March 8         Members' Choice
A second opportunity to let Rod Delamere have your personal favourite pieces of music.

March 15         Stokowski in London
Though born and raised in London, Leopold Stokowski made his name in the United States, primarily through his long association with the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Michael Bell reminds us however that he maintained his connections with London where he conducted some memorable performances.

March 22         The American classical tradition
America had to rely heavily on the European model in its attempts to establish a classical tradition.  Geoff Trinick attempts to show to what extent the USA was successful in adapting its own musical roots to the stricter discipline of what we call classical music. 

March 29         Annual General Meeting


Previous years' programmes:   2014-15    2015-16