Centenary Concert Calendar

A number of special events were planned:

  • in honour of former President Sir Lennox Berkeley, a concert of songs and chamber music by him and his friend Francis Poulenc, who was born in 1899;
  • a master class by the present President, Sir Neville Marriner, on Mozart's Haffner Symphony No.35 In D, K385, held at University College School;
  • a public concert performance of the rarely-heard comic opera The Poisoned Kiss by Vaughan Williams, one of the Club's most distinguished former members;
  • a commemorative dinner in the historic Old Hall of Lincoln's Inn, by permission of the Benchers, followed by an illustrated talk about the Club's first President, Joseph Joachim, by his great-grandson Paul Joachim;
  • a public performance of chamber, vocal and orchestral music in St John's Smith Square, of music particularly associated with the Club's history, partly conducted by Sir Neville Marriner, and including the prize-winner of a centenary chamber music competition;
  • Five of the usual club chamber concerts will take the special form of revivals of the 1st, 500th, 1000th and 1500th concerts in the Club's history, concluding with a forward-looking concert devoted to works written since 1950.

The remaining six concerts were in more traditional form, but the programmes again emphasised works with particular Club, or 1899, associations:

  • a joint 'gala' with the Oxford, Cambridge and University College Societies;
  • a short choral and orchestral concert associated with the Club AGM ;
  • a chamber concert;
  • an orchestral concert;
  • the club composers' concert, including contributed short variations on the "Enigma" theme (as suggested by Sir Neville Marriner), which was first heard in 1899;
  • the annual opera, Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel, semi-staged, with a children's chorus to involve a new generation in the centenary celebrations.
Date Programme Conductor / Organiser
Sat Jan 30 Concert 1 revived R&D Behrman
Wed Feb 10 Berkeley/Poulenc Lyn Parkyns
Wed Feb 24
Sir Neville Marriner master class:
Mozart's Haffner Symphony No.35 in D, K385
Deborah Smith
Sat Mar 6 Gala (UCLCMC / OUMS / CUMC) Hilary Orr
Sat Mar 20 AGM concert
Conductors: LynParkyns / David Wyatt
Richard Wood
Sat Apr 17 Concert 500 revived Nick Reading
Sat May 8
URC Highgate
Vaughan Williams: The Poisoned Kiss
Conductor: Alan Reddish
Leonard Whitehouse
Sat May 22 Chamber concert David & Gudrun Edwards
Sat Jun 5
Lincoln's Inn
Centenary Dinner, talk by Paul Joachim about Joseph Joachim Eileen Denza
Sat Jun 26 Orchestral concert
Conductor: Edward Kay
Shirley Karney
Wed July 7 Club composers Tony Noakes
Sat Sep 11 Concert 1000 revived Ken & Heather Goodare
Sat Oct 16
St John's Smith Square
Centenary concert (public) Keith Daley
Wed Nov 3 Concert 1500 revived Nicholas Murray
Sat Nov 20
URC Highgate
Opera: Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel
Conductor: Chris Fifield
Jo Parton/Ken Goodare
Wed Dec 8 Post-1950 works John Bateman