ANNUAL MEMBERS' WEEKEND, 23 & 24 NOVEMBER 2019
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the death of Berlioz in Paris in 1869, “Berlioz 150” is the title of the Berlioz Society’s 17th Annual Study Weekend. It will be held at the Art Workers Guild, Queen Square, London WC1 on the weekend of November 23 & 24.
On his deathbed Berlioz, who had struggled throughout his life to gain acceptance for his music, predicted that his work would now be played. The Weekend – open to all - will trace the growing appreciation of Berlioz since his demise on the behalf of musicians and the public at large as one of the great composers.
Speakers at the event include music critic Tim Ashley, conductor Adrian Brown and a bevy of leading Berliozian specialists including Society President David Cairns, author of the acclaimed two-volume biography of the composer, Hugh Macdonald, musicologist and general editor of Bärenreiter’s New Berlioz Edition, Emeritus Professor Julian Rushton, editor of the recently published Cambridge Berlioz Encyclopedia and U.S. Humanities Professor Peter Bloom, who has just published a fresh edition of Berlioz’s Mémoires with new annotations.
Further information will be sent to members nearer the event - otherwise please contact Weekend Coordinator Helen Petchey (firstname.lastname@example.org) tel 020 850 40295.
FESTIVAL BERLIOZ, LA CÔTE SAINT-ANDRÉ 2019
Please click the button below to read Chris Follett's report on this year's Festival.
TALK ON BERLIOZ, ST MARY'S, BARNES, 7 NOVEMBER 2019
Alastair Aberdare, Chairman of the Berlioz Society, will be talking about Berlioz, his life and works, at
St Mary’s Barnes SW13 9HL on Thursday 7 November 2019 at 7.30pm.
Tickets £12 - please click here to book. Poster attached via button below.
"BERLIOZ & NICE" EXHIBITION, TO 8 NOVEMBER 2019
Exhibition relating to the three stays of the composer in Nice on the French Riviera. At Terrace Tour Bellanda (Bellanda Tower), Parc du Château - Escalier Lesage - 06300 NICE
Berlioz visited Nice three times - in 1831, 1844 and 1868 - composing several of his best overtures there and staying in 1844 in the Bellanda Tour with its stunning views over the Mediterranean.
"Ô Nice ! Je n’ai rien trouvé de plus beau que cette colline inspirée, j’ai trouvé ma ville, c’est Nice."
ADRIAN BROWN TO CONDUCT BERLIOZ 150 CONCERTS
Our regular speaker, international conductor and Society Medal holder Adrian Brown will be celebrating Berlioz's work in 2019 with several concerts.
9 November - Le Corsaire Overture. Bromley Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Brown. 7.30pm at Langley Park Centre for Performing Arts, Langley Park School, South Eden Park Road, Beckenham. Details will be posted on the Orchestra's website.
23 November - Roman Carnival Overture, Love Scene from Romeo & Juliet Symphony, Hungarian March. Southgate Symphony Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Brown. 7.30pm at St Stephen,s Church, Enfield. More details here.
TILSON THOMAS CONDUCTS ROMÉO ET JULIETTE AT THE BARBICAN, 10 NOVEMBER 2019 - TICKET OFFER FOR SOCIETY MEMBERS
Leading American conductor Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette at the Barbican on Sunday November 10 at 7pm. Soloists: Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano), Nicholas Phan (tenor), Nicolas Courjal (bass), London Symphony Chorus. Tickets: Barbican.
For further details please click here.
Special ticket discount for Berlioz Society members:
£20 tickets (This applies to all price bands £22 & £32. Max of 2 £20 tickets per booker per concert.)
Online promo code:
"THE MUSICAL OUTSIDER", 14 NOVEMBER 2019
A performance of songs of Hector Berlioz to mark the 150th anniversary of his death.
Hinde Street Methodist Church, Hinde Street London W1U 2QJ, 7 pm.
Berlioz never conformed to any of the musical stereotypes of his day. He was always larger than life, writing music that is often impractical [their words not ours], and always startling, even today. This concert includes the solo songs from his rarely heard but outstanding Neuf Melodies Irlandaises for tenor, settings of translations of Thomas Moore’s Irish Melodies, including Elegie, written to commemorate the execution of the Irish revolutionary Robert Emmet. The concert also includes the complete Nuits d’Ete, in their original version for piano and voice (not the versions generally heard, which are the piano reductions of the later orchestral versions). Also Zaide (with castanets) and La Mort d’Ophelie.
The concert will feature readings from Berlioz’s Memoirs, which shed light on his character, his passionate relationship with the great Shakespearean actress Harriet Smithson, and his struggles to get his music accepted by the musical establishment of his day.
Nadine Benjamin - Soprano ENO Porgy and Bess (Clara) and La Boheme (Musetta)
Thomas Elwin – tenor - English National Opera, Opera Köln, Opera Stuttgart, Oxford Lieder Festival
Nigel Foster – piano – recitals at Wigmore Hall, Southbank, BBC Radio 3
Gabriel Woolf - speaker - Sir Percival (Knights of the Round Table); Sutekh (Doctor Who)
Tickets £20, £15 concessions - details here.
LECTURE RECITAL ON BERLIOZ'S VOCAL MUSIC AT CADOGAN HALL, 26 NOVEMBER 2019
Professor Melinda O'Neal presents a lecture recital entitled Melodies Fantastique - Mystique and Narrative in Berlioz's Vocal Music at Cadogan Hall, London on November 26 at 10.30am. For more information, please click here.
SIR MARK ELDER CONDUCTS BERLIOZ AT RAM, 29 NOVEMBER 2019
On Friday November 29 at 1.05pm, Sir Mark Elder and the Academy Symphony Orchestra perform Berlioz's Francs-Juges Overture; March to the Scaffold from Symphonie fantastique; Pilgrims' March from Harold in Italy; and King Lear Overture. The venue will be Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, 1-5 York Gate, London, NW1 4QG .
Tickets: Bookings online (please click here for details) or by telephone (after Sept 16) 020 7837 7300.
PENNY LECTURE "BERLIOZ 150 YEARS LATER", 29 NOVEMBER 2019
Morley College has a tradition dating all the way back to when it was first founded. Listen to a lecture on an interesting and unusual topic, delivered by an expert, for just a penny.
The subject on 9 November is "150 years later - Getting Berlioz to happen, then and now". The direction of the lecture will be an appraisal of where Berlioz has come in the 150 years since his death; how knowledge of his music has grown (or not) among musicians and the public and what factors have contributed to this; a performance history of his works and the rewards and problems of his music.
The lecture will be held in the Holst Room, Morley College London, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HT, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
For further details please click here.
NEW YEAR WITH BERLIOZ, 8 JANUARY 2020
The London Schools Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Sian Edwards, will play extracts from Berlioz's Damnation de Faust, along with other devilish pieces by Liszt, Mendelssohn and Schnittke.
At the Barbican, 7.30pm on January 8. More details will follow.
CONCERT MONSTRE - PERFORMANCE FILMED
Monday 24 June saw five hundred artists on stage at the Philharmonie de Paris, performing the Funeral and Triumphal Symphony under the direction of François-Xavier Roth.
To watch, please click here. Thanks to Jim Hart for sending the link.
ALASTAIR ABERDARE AND DAVID CAIRNS AWARDED MEDALS OF HONOUR BY LA CÔTE SAINT-ANDRÉ
At a ceremony in the Town Hall in early September during the Festival Berlioz 2017, Berlioz Society President David Cairns and Chairman Alastair Aberdare were presented with medals of honour by La
Côte Saint-André Mayor Joël Gullon.
Photograph below by kind permission of Festival Berlioz.
BERLIOZ SESQUICENTENARY 2019
2019 marks the sesquicentenary - or 150th anniversary - of the death of Berlioz in 1869 and plans are already afoot in France and Britain to celebrate this event. The Berlioz Society's Chairman Alastair Aberdare is heading initiatives in Britain to stage major concerts of the composer's works, while in France, an International Conference is to take place in August 2019 at La Côte Saint-André, Berlioz's birthplace, in cooperarion with the Festival Berlioz and the Musée Hector Berlioz.
Please click the button below for more details (in French and English).
BERLIOZ LETTERS PUBLISHED BY ACTES SUD
This collection is available in French only.
Nouvelles lettres de Berlioz, de sa famille, de ses contemporains
Peter Bloom, Joël-Marie Fauquet, Hugh J. Macdonald, Cécile Reynaud (Editors)
Published by Actes Sud / Palazzetto Bru Zane, 792 pages, price 30 € (available from Musée Hector Berlioz - price includes postage and packing).