Southampton Recorded Music Society

2021 / 2022 Season

At our AGM on 16 July 2021, it was decided to continue having online sessions via Zoom and postpone a return to meetings at St Denys Church Centre until January 2022, with meetings then alternating between online and St Denys. However, the ongoing pandemic constraint on face-to-face meetings has caused us to further delay our return to St Denys. With luck, this might now happen in February 2022.

All of our online meetings take place from 3:20 - 4:45pm on Friday afternoons, with the formal presentation running from 3:30 - 4:30pm.
Anyone who wishes to attend these online meetings and is not already on our mailing list should contact David Anderson at 023 8076 0299 or chairman@southamptonRMS.org.uk to obtain the required Meeting ID and password.

Presentations at St Denys run from 7:30 - 10:00pm on Friday evenings, with a 25 min break for refreshments. The room will be open from 7:00pm, so please arrive in good time to allow a prompt start to the proceedings.

Programme dates and topics are subject to change. Always check this site for updates before travelling.

24 Sep 2021 (Online)  Stravinsky’s early ballets

As an expert on the subject, BRIDGETT VANE gives the first of her two talks this season about ballet music. This afternoon, she will focus on the early works of Igor Stravinsky.

15 Oct 2021 (Online)  Music in many parts!

In the 16th century there was considerable interest, particularly in Italy, in composing music using multiple choirs and instrumental groups (mainly brass) spatially distributed for maximum effect. This talk by Dr MARTIN GROSSEL will explore some examples of this and British music inspired by them.

 5 Nov 2021 (Online)  A focus on female composers

JILL MEAGER decided against trying to find music appropriate for Guy Fawkes Day and has chosen to feature the works of two or three unjustifiably neglected female composers.

26 Nov 2021 (Online)  Title TBD

A talk by SRMS Vice Chairman CHRIS TOPLEY. Details to follow.

17 Dec 2021 (Online)  An eclectic assortment

SRMS Chairman DAVID ANDERSON likes variety in his musical selections and enjoys a wide range of genres, so be prepared for almost anything this afternoon, though fans of hip hop and heavy metal should perhaps look elsewhere.

 7 Jan 2022 (Online)  The piano

SRMS Treasurer DAVID PEARCE kicks off the new year with a programme devoted to the piano, featuring works by Saint-Saëns, Elgar and Tchaikovsky. Some of David's choices are likely to be unfamiliar to most of us.

NOTE: We had hoped to hold this meeting at St Denys, but the Covid situation was still a source of concern

28 Jan 2022 (Online)  Some other B's

JOHN COTTRELL is a great admirer of a small number of major composers whose surname begins with a B. However, this afternoon he is planning to feature several other composers whose names also begin with a B but fall outside that chosen few. We don't know what he plans to play, but Boccherini is probably a more likely choice than Birtwhistle.

NOTE: Postponed from 21 Jan for medical reasons

 4 Feb 2022 (StDenys) History of ballet

With its origins in the courts of Renaissance Italy, ballet developed into a serious art form after Louis XIV founded the first professional ballet school in Paris in 1661. Tonight, our guide through the history of ballet is BRIDGETT VANE, who trained as a dancer and dance teacher, and has been professionally immersed in theatre arts throughout her life. Bridgett plans to include both French and Russian ballet music, with Diaghilev's Ballet Russes deserving special attention.

18 Feb 2022 (Online)  Members' choice

To facilitate presentation over Zoom, members are asked to submit their musical selections in advance to David Anderson and Chris Topley. As with such meetings previously held at St Denys, the choice of what to play will be determined by pulling names from a hat (in this case, a task that will be done remotely by Darleen Anderson).

 4 Mar 2022 (StDenys) Title TBD

A talk by SRMS President MICHAEL JAMESON. Details to follow.

18 Mar 2022 (Online)  Musical recollections

SRMS Secretary ANN MATTHEWS is planning to unearth some long-forgotten gems from her collection of CDs and will possibly feature some music from Australia.

 1 Apr 2022 (StDenys) The musical world in 1913

1913 was a pivotal year in world history marking the end of a period of (relatively) peaceful industrial and artistic development, before the First World War shook up much of the established order. Musically it was also a fascinating time, a year in which some music caused riots while many now well-known composers were finding their feet. This talk by Dr MARTIN GROSSEL will dip into a selection of compositions which were either completed or received their first performances in 1913.

 8 Apr 2022 (Online)  It will be all right on the night...

In a meeting postponed from last year, guest speaker PETER AVIS makes a welcome return with tales of how things have not always gone as smoothly as expected at concerts and recording sessions with which he has been involved over the years, including a collapsing singer at the Proms, a Welsh choir caught at the Severn Crossing on its way to the Fairfield Halls (where Peter was once a house manager) and unusual events backstage at the Royal Opera House.

22 Apr 2022 (StDenys) Haydn

In August last year, DIANA TIZZARD gave us an online talk on the life and works of Josef Haydn. However, one hour was not nearly enough to do justice to that composer's vast output. This evening's presentation provides an opportunity to feature a lot more of Haydn's wonderful music.

 6 May 2022 (Online)  Title TBD

A talk by SRMS Vice Chairman CHRIS TOPLEY. Details to follow.

20 May 2022 (StDenys) Blu-ray and SACD selection

In addition to SACD recordings and high-definition audio downloads, SRMS Chairman DAVID ANDERSON is always on the lookout for the best quality Blu-ray video recordings he can find for playing to the society. This is normally the only regular programme in our season that features the use of a digital projector to present Blu-ray extracts on a large screen.

10 Jun 2022 (Online)  Members' choice

To facilitate presentation over Zoom, members are asked to submit their musical selections in advance to David Anderson and Chris Topley. As with such meetings previously held at St Denys, the choice of what to play will be determined by pulling names from a hat (in this case, a task that will be done remotely by Darleen Anderson).

24 Jun 2022 (StDenys) Born to be...

GEORGETTE (Jiřina) MILLER plans to take us on a melodic manoeuvre through musicians' birthplaces. We will be climbing a church tower in Polička to visit Martinů, travelling to Litomyšl to enjoy love and beer with Smetana, and boarding a train to find ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

15 Jul 2022 (StDenys) Annual General Meeting

All members are asked to make their best efforts to attend the Annual General Meeting. Important decisions are made and votes taken which can fundamentally affect the future operation of the Society.


With the exception of Peter Avis and Michael Jameson, all presenters are current members of Southampton Recorded Music Society