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This month's composer is
Alban Berg, born 2nd September 1885


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.

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: 9 members, 10 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: Street of In 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: 9 members,  ₤10 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 Gergiev.

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 Dame Anne Evans, the celebrated operatic soprano.

Dame Anne studied at the Royal College of Music and made her debut as the Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto in 1967. She continued with major roles in the operas of Puccini and Mozart before starting on Wagner with Elsa (Lohengrin) and Senta (The Flying Dutchman). Between 1989 and 1992 she was at Bayreuth, the home of Wanger, singing the role of Brunhilde in the company of Sir John Tomlinson and conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

Now retired from the stage, she gives masterclasses and coaches British singers in Wagner roles.

A booking form will be included with the Autumn Newsletter.

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