Welcome to our website Saturday 24th March 2018
Welcome to the website of Redbridge Music Society.
- click on ABOUT to view the nature and work of the Society and information about our presidents and famous visitors.
- click on EVENTS for information about our events for the current 2017-18 season and the immediate past seasons.
- click on ‘RMS 2017-18 Programme’ at the head of this page to download a copy of the current 2017-18 programme of our recitals
- click onto CONTACT for details of who to approach for further information about the society and on how to get to our event venues
We are very sorry to announce that two loyal and long-standing members of Redbridge Music Society, Ivy Ball and Peter Miller, passed away recently. Peter was very actice as a piano accompanist in the East London area until his illness in 2017. Ivy was 104 years old at the time of her death and had been a regularly attending member of Redbridge Music Society for 44 years . Her last attendance at the society was last October. Both were much-valued members and will be very much missed by us all. The society’s event on 20 March was dedicated to their memory and also that of another very loyal and long-serving member of the society, Don Fletcher, who passed away last season.
Focus of our 2017-18 season
The focus of our current 2017-18 season is the “development, support and mentoring of aspiring young musicians” via our “Wigmore to Wanstead” project. In this project we are providing a number of exceptionally talented young (“Wigmore Hall standard”) musicians with a performance platform at the Churchill Room, Wanstead Library, in front of a supportive and appreciative audience. In return, our audiences are provided with access to “London venue standard” performances at an accessible local venue and at affordable prices.
Recent past events:
Our season opened on 31 October 2017 with a vocal recital given by local young baritone Cameron Davies. The recital was dedicated to the memory of the late Colin Pryke who was Chairman of Redbridge Music Society for many years and who was a major influence on the development and progression of the society.
Our Christmas Music recital in December – given by a popular and sought-after ‘a capella’ choir On That Note – was followed on 23 January by an outstanding chamber recital given by the young students of Redbridge Music Service. On this occasion the Churchill Room was packed and we ran out of seats (and refreshments )! The standard was very high and the repertoire very varied. The evening ended with a saxophone ensemble performing arrangements of Brahms and Bizet (Hungarian Dances and Carmen).
On 20 February 2018 the society was treated to a fascinating chamber recital given by saxophonist Joanathan Radford and pianist Christine Zerafa. Besides performing music by better known composers such as Debussy, Faure and De Falla, Jonathan and Christine played works by less familiar composers such as Andre Caplet, Paule Maurice, Takashi Yoshimatsu and Pedro Iturralde. The duo performed as a totally integrated whole and during the evening Jonathan clearly demonstrated the saxophone’s enormous versatilty and scope.
On 20 March 2018, acclaimed pianist John Paul Ekins made a very welcome return to the society playing music by Chopin, Schumann and Beethoven (the Pathetique sonata). He ended the evening with an outstanding performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in its original form.
- 24 April 2018: Chamber recital with Matthew Scott (clarinet) and Christine Zerafa (piano),
- 22 May 2018: Guitar recital (featuring the ‘intoxicating rhythms and seductive dances of Latin America’) given by Adam Brown.
To give credence to our “Wigmore to Wanstead” project, all the above young musicians have already performed at the Wigmore Hall (as well as at other prestigious London venues). For those who can attend, we are sure you will enjoy and get value from all the recitals we are putting on this season.
Redbridge Music Society 70th Anniversary Season 2018-19
Our 2018-19 season will be our 70th. Over the years since its inception, the society – which started as a Gramophone Society – has seen many changes and developments. However, it has always kept to one of its essential aims – that of bringing good music of all genres to the people of Redbridge at accessible venues and at affordable prices. We will continue to do this throughout our anniversary year and beyond. Dates for recitals during 2018-19 are 30 October 2018, 4 December 2018, 22 January 2019, 19 February 2019, 19 March 2019, 23 April 2019 and 21 May 2019. We intend putting on some very special recitals during the anniversary year and also, if possible, a small local anniversary exhibition and publication. Dates so far for our 2019-20 season are 29 October 2019 and 3 December 2019. Dates for recitals after this are still under negotiation.