What do we do?

Founded in 1952, the Berlioz Society exists to promote awareness of the music, writings and life of the great French composer Hector Berlioz. The Society's President is David Cairns, author of the definitive two-volume life of Berlioz - and Alastair Aberdare, translator of the composer's Les Grotesques de la Musique into English as The Musical Madhouse, is Chairman. Its membership is international and includes many leading Berlioz scholars, such as Professor Hugh Macdonald, Editor-in-Chief of the Bärenreiter New Berlioz Edition, and Emeritus Professor Julian Rushton, editor of the new Cambridge University Press Berlioz Encyclopedia, due for publication in 2017.

Our activities include at least two meetings a year in London. We also organise or inform members of visits to places associated with Berlioz, events and performances of his works.

The main event of each year is a themed weekend—usually in November. This includes talks on subjects such as Berlioz's work and personality, the time and society in which he lived and the attitudes of his contemporaries—as well as recorded performances of his work, and a dinner with a guest speaker.

We also publish a regular Bulletin containing a wide range of articles and information on all aspects of Berlioz's life and work.

If you have any questions, please click on the names below to email us.

Membership Secretary: Peter Payne
Secretary and Website Manager: Simon Jones
Media Manager and Publicity: Christopher Follett