Who are we?
Redbridge Music Society was founded in 1949 by Stanley Robertson (1912 – 2007). Originally it was known as the Goodmayes & District Gramophone Society and held its meetings at Seven Kings Library. Eventually, after several changes of name, it became Redbridge Music Society and moved its venue to the more central location of the Lambourne Room at RedbridgeTown Hall. For many years a major driving force behind the Society was Colin Pryke who became a member of the Committee of the Society in 1950 as a teenager, eventually holding the post of Chair of the Society for over 30 years.
Since its inception many internationally famous musicians have performed or given presentations for the Society and past Presidents of the Society include the accompanist Gerald Moore, concert pianist John Ogden and the operatic baritone Derek Hammond-Stroud. The current President is the conductor Dr Donald Hoskins MBE.
What do we do?
The overall aim of the Society is to contribute to the well-being of the people of Redbridge by encouraging community participation and engagement in the musical arts. More specifically, the Society endeavours to:
- encourage in the Borough an appreciation and enjoyment of good music of all genres
- promote local musical talent and especially the musical development of young people in the Borough
- provide an educational service to the Borough
- provide access to the legacy of recorded performances
How do we do it?
The Society strives to fulfil these aims by providing high-class live recitals and illustrated presentations at easily accessible venues within the Borough. Besides providing information about the Society’s current events and artists, the Society’s website additionally offers public access to musical archives not easily available elsewhere, provides an ever-growing bank of information about the musical arts and supplies links to other musical events and organisations in the immediate vicinity and in the UK.
The Society has pioneered a Youth Musical Appreciation Development Scheme which provides free entrance to the Society’s events for all young people under 16 years of age and all students in the Borough. An annual event in the Society’s calendar is a concert put on by the students of the Redbridge Music Service; this provides an opportunity for the students to perform to a live and discerning audience and provides an important showcase for the extraordinary talent of the young musicians in our Borough.
When and where will our 2015-16 events take place?
Between October 2015 and May 2016 will be holding four events (27th October, 13th November, 9th December and 26th January) at the Lambourne Room, Redbridge Town Hall and four meetings (23rd February, 22nd March, 26th April and 24th May) at the Churchill Room, Wanstead Library. All events, with the exception of those on Friday 13th November and Wednesday 9th December 2015, will take place on Tuesday evenings between 8pm and 10pm in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with a break for complimentary light refreshments during which time members can socialise and meet the artists and speakers. The Society’s Annual General Meeting (for members only) will take place from 7:30 to 7:50pm on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at the Churchill Room (Wanstead Library) prior to the main event of the evening, which will of course be open to members and visitors.
Both venues are fully equipped for disability access, are well served by local transport links and have adequate car parking facilities nearby. The Lambourne Room in Redbridge Town Hall (128-142 High Road, Ilford IG11 1DD) is best approached by the Town Hall entrance opposite the Kenneth More Theatre in Oakfield Road. Wanstead Library is located in Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead, London, E11 2RQ and is very close to Wanstead Underground Station.