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

THE CHRISTMAS DINNER

 

Wednesday 8 December 7 for 7.30pm

 

The Christmas Dinner has always been one of our most successful events. This year it will be held at the Cavalry and Guards Club, Piccadilly. 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 Wagner, singing the role of Brunnhilde 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 traditional Christmas Dinner will be served, with wine, and a glass of Prosecco will be served on arrival. The cost is ₤74.

 

Members have received a booking form with the September Newsletter but any member who has mislaid the form may contact Ian Slater (020 8529 3786, iw.slater@ntlworld.com) to be added to the list.

 

Friday 19th November 7 pm

 

Tony Palmer will introduce his film about Rachmaninov at the International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street, close to Great Portland Street Underground Station. When Valery Gergiev suggested to Tony that he should make the 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 cost is ₤20 for members and 25 for non-members. Contact Ian Slater, details above if you would like to attend.



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