A social evening with discussion, music and supper.
Did you know that during 1914-18 rifles were forbidden in the Queen's Hall? Or that Philharmonic orchestral players continued to be listed in the programme even when they were away fighting? Dr Kate Kennedy
of Girton College, Cambridge will talk about the cultural response to World War I including fascinating material from the Society's own history. Kate Kennedy specialises in the poetry, music and writing of the First World War and is currently working on a biography of the poet / composer Ivor Gurney. More about the RPS in WWI
There will be music by Gurney, Butterfield and William Denis Browne from the rising young baritone Ashley Riches
and pianist Gary Matthewman
. Ashley is a former Chilcott Scholar and RPS Young Musician and is currently a Jette Parker Young Artist of the Royal Opera House. Most recently he sang the role of Morales in Carmen opposite Roberto Alagna's Don Jose.
"This young man has a lovely velvety tone and sings with great intelligence" (Opera Britannia)
After the talk and music a hot buffet supper will be served and there will be the chance to socialise.
This event follows the Royal Philharmonic Society Annual General Meeting
All welcome - booking in advance essential.