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  All members who have access to the internet will be able to join the audience for our Zoom events. Zoom is quite easy to use
and there will be no charge to members for these events.

  To join the audience for a Zoom event send an email request to our Secretary Ian Slater ( who will provide full details of the operation of Zoom and a link that will give you access to the event. 

Friday 11 June 6.30pm	   Zoom presentation: David Edwards,   Verdi and Shakespeare 
  The Chairman Michael Bousfield will introduce David, who has directed opera internationally for many years. Since 
beginning as a Staff Director at Covent Garden and Glyndebourne he has directed productions in many cities including 
San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Washington DC and Philadelphia as well as Milan, Bologna, Vienna, 
Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore. There have been many operatic adaptations of Shakespeare's plays, but few can 
match Verdi's three great Shakespearean operas: Macbeth, Otello and Falstaff (Britten's setting of A Midsummer Night's 
Dream is an exception). Verdi was repeatedly inspired by England's greatest dramatist and kept a copy of the plays beside 
his bed. David will discuss the composition and history of Verdi's three Shakespeare operas, and considers why a fourth, 
King Lear never came to fruition. The talk will be illustrated with musical examples from some great recordings.

Monday 28 June 6.30pm    Zoom interview: Malcolm Rivers - Working with Benjamin Britten
  Michael Bousfield will interview Malcolm who found success for many years as a singer in opera and musical theatre 
but until he started to work with Britten there was no real focus or specific standard that he considered valuable. He 
seemed to have a 'Royal blessing' early in his life, with associations with the Royal Air Force, Royal College of Music, 
Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Opera House. Under all these banners however he felt to be only a Jack of all 
trades and master of none. 
This changed.  He will relate how his working life matured during the process of creation and performance of Britten's 
works and tutelage over a five year period in the sixties resulting in his having a major international career that allowed 
him to find and express his innate talents.

Thursday 22 July 6.30pm    Zoom presentation: Robert Mansell.  No wedding for Franz Liszt 
  Michael Bousfield will introduce Robert's presentation that will include musical examples and review the loves of this
most colourful composer and performer. At the age of 22 Franz Liszt was already a virtuoso piano superstar. He had 
settled in Paris where beautiful and dashing women fawned over him. At a performance for high society the audience 
included the young Countess Marie d'Agoult. She was already married with two daughters but was bowled over by the 
dazzling young Hungarian and immediately sought an amorous friendship with him. She bore him three children before
they finally separated. A few years later he played a concert in Kiev at which the Princess Caroline Sayn-Wittgenstein 
was entranced by this beautiful young man. A long love affair with Franz began. Eventually, to get away from her husband, 
she eloped with Liszt and ultimately they took up residence in Weimar where they lived for many years.


Thursday, 9 September, at 10.50/11am Walk: From Gate To Gate Meet at Liverpool Street Station, Bishopsgate Exit
  Unfortunately, owing to the pandemic this walk, which was due to take place in March 2020, had to be cancelled. 
It follows on from the walk from Aldgate to Bishopsgate in October 2019 and covers the area between Bishopsgate 
and Moorgate. It will be led by Ann Archbold, who will talk about the people and events associated with this historic 
area of the City of London. Tickets: 9pounds members, 10pounds guests. Please apply by letter with a cheque payable to 
The Music Club of London to Mrs Jean Lines, 4 Highfield Road, Bromley, BR1 2JW, Tel. 020 8467 8713. Please 
indicate if you would like to have lunch after the walk.

Thursday, 7 October, 10.50/11am     Walk:  Meet at Royal Courts of Justice, Strand . (Nearest Underground: Temple)                                                                                                                      
 Ann Archbold will lead a walk along Fleet Street, once famous as the home of the newspaper and magazine publishing 
industry, including most of the national daily broadsheets, until they decamped to Wapping in the 1980s. However, the 
newspaper industry is still referred to as 'Fleet Street' Tickets: 9pounds members, 10pounds guests. Please apply by letter with a 
cheque payable to The Music Club of London to Mrs Jean Lines, 4 Highfield Road, Bromley, BR1 2JW, Tel. 020 8467 8713. 
Please indicate if you would like to have lunch after the walk.

Early November	   A Tony Palmer film: Harvest of Sorrow
  Details of time and place with booking information will be included in the next Newsletter.  Tony Palmer will introduce 
his film about Rachmaninov. When Valery Gergiev suggested to Tony that he should make this film, Tony said that he 
would only do it if Gergiev conducted the music. Rachmaninov's grandson gave Palmer access to priceless material 
in the form of his grandfather's letters and home movies, accompanying him on some of the filming. The film is a 
tribute to Rachmaninov whose life and music are brought to life by those letters, the home movies and the incomparable

THE CHRISTMAS DINNER Thursday 9 December 7 for 7.30pm
  The Christmas Dinner has always been one of our most successful events, held at the RAF Club in Piccadilly, and we 
will be there again this year. Our special guest will be Anne Reid, MBE the English stage, film and television actress.
Anne Reid starred as Cosima Wagner in the reading of Robert Mansell's play 'Wagner's Widow' which was produced for 
MCL in June 2015 at the RADA Studio Theatre.  It was directed by Tony Palmer and included Steven Berkoff playing 
Richard Wagner and Sam Dastor playing Franz Liszt.  It even had the venerable Sylvia Syms as Wagner's housekeeper. 
 Anne is known for her roles as Valerie Barlow in the soap opera Coronation Street (1961-1971), Jean in the sitcom 
Dinnerladies (1998-2000) and her BAFTA -nominated role as Celia Dawson in Last Tango in Halifax (2012-2020). 
In addition to her theatre and television work she is a well-established cabaret singer both here and in the USA. She has 
a great love of classical music and has appeared as a Desert Island castaway.

A booking form will be included with the Autumn Newsletter.

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