What 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. 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 (gathering all Berlioz's work newly edited), and Professor Julian Rushton, editor of the new Cambridge University Press Berlioz Encyclopedia.
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 experts talking 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. The other event is a very popular summer meeting at the home of one of our members, with talks and music accompanied by an excellent lunch.
We publish articles on Berlioz’s life and work, and reviews of recordings and performances, in the Society’s “Bulletin”, which normally appears three times a year. We also provide information sheets concerning upcoming events organized by the Society or associated organizations, including the Festival at La Côte-Saint-André.
CONSTITUTION OF THE BERLIOZ SOCIETY
The Society has been a Registered Charity since 2008. The Constitution is available below.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS
The Society, as a Registered Charity, is required to hold Annual General Meetings. Please click on the links below to see the minutes of these meetings.