Music Society

NPL Music Society Events 2010

Please note that access arrangements to Bushy House have changed: the security man is no longer at the Queens Road gate but by the new gates on Bushy Road, after the roundabout.

All of the events are at 12:45 pm in the Scientific Museum, Bushy House, Bushy Road, Teddington, TW11 0EB. Directions.

Tuesday 1 June
: Tom Law (saxophone) and Andrew Saunders (piano): programme TBC.

Friday 4 June
: Denise Lee (piano): programme TBC.

Thursday 10 June
: Peter Morgan (piano): Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition.

Monday 14 June
: David Dreebin (piano): programme TBC.

Wednesday 23 June
: Clare Jones (piano): Haydn, Chopin.

Wednesday 30 June
: Stephen Webster (clarinet) and Linda Marley (piano): Poulenc, etc.

Wednesday 7 July:
Nathan Klein (trumpet): programme TBC.

Monday 12 July:
David Hackbridge Johnson (piano) and friends: Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Rodgers.

Wednesday 14 July: Eleftheria Kotzia (guitar): programme TBC.

Wednesday 21 July: Emma Ferrand Piano Quartet: Schumann: Fantasiestuecke in A minor for Piano Trio, Op. 88; Bridge: solo piano pieces; Mozart: Piano Quartet in Eb major, K 493.  Emma Ferrand (cello) and Jeremy Young (piano), Peter Morgan (piano): including Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Clare Jones (piano), Annie Ball (piano).

Admission £1 for members, £2 for guests.

If you haven't yet renewed your annual membership (£3) please consider doing so at your next concert, as according to our constitution if you haven't renewed you will have to pay as a guest until you do renew!


Thursday 6 May: Annie Ball (Piano) and cellist Nina Plapp, playing works by Busoni and Rachmaninoff.

Thursday, 13 May: Annie Ball to play three of Prokofiev's Visions Fugitives, Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G minor, Op. 23 No. 5, and Chopin's Etude in Ab major, Op. 25 No. 1, after which she will be joined by cellist Nina Plapp in a performance of Rachmaninoff's cello sonata in G minor, Op. 19.

See Annie Ball's website:

Monday, 17 May: Sunyoung Kim and Yoon-Seok Shin.

Sunyoung will open with Haydn's sonata No. 38 in F major, Hob. XVI/23, followed by Five Pieces for Piano by Isang Yun (1917 - 1995), a Korean composer who spent much later life in exile in Germany, having run foul of the South Korean authorities for promoting reconciliation with the North through musical cooperation. In 1976, he and his family, along with many Korean students in West Berlin, were abducted by the South Korean secret services. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for espionage and only released through the intervention of leading musicians including Stravinsky and Karajan. Sunyoung finishes with a performance of Prokofiev's sonata No. 9 in C major, Op. 103 and Yoon-Seok rounds off the recital with another Haydn sonata, No. 47 in B minor, Hob. XVI/32.Monday 24 May: Anna Hashimoto (clarinet) and Andrew Saunders (piano): programme TBC.

Friday 28 May
: Schay Wickham (piano): programme TBC.

Friday 16 April: Peter Morgan
Bach: French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816, Beethoven: Sonata No. 14, Op. 27 No. 2 (Moonlight), Chopin: Impromptu No. 3 in Gb Op. 51, and Liszt: Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S 171

Saturday 17 April:
 The excellent Concordia Voices, in which Christopher Edwards sings, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a concert at St John the Divine, Kew Road, Richmond. Programme: Peteris Vasks: Pater Noster, Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Cecilia McDowell: Ave Maris Stella, and Handel: Dixit Dominus. Concordia are conducted by Neil Ferris and will be accompanied by Ensemble Adastra. Tickets are £12 (concessions £10) on the door, including a free glass of fizz. See also their website

Tuesday 27 April:
Emmanuel Despax (piano): Chopin's Barcarolle, Op. 60 and Etudes, Op. 10.
Emmanuel won the 2009 Dudley International Piano Competition and reached the second stage of the 2009 Leeds International Piano Competition.

Friday 15 January 2010 : Masachi Nishiyama (piano) - The first concert of 2010, with Bach's Goldberg Variations.

Monday 1 February: Bálint Székely (violin) and Mariko Kondo (piano): Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 (Kreutzer), Bartók: First Rhapsody.

Thursday 11 February: Alasdair Beatson (piano): Mendelssohn: Sonata in E, Op. 6; Schumann: Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133; Schubert transcr. Liszt: Du bist die Ruhe and Gretchen am Spinnrade; Mendelssohn transcr. Rakhmaninov: Scherzo (A Midsummer Night's Dream).

Monday 15 February: Yuki Negishi (piano): works by Scriabin, Ligeti, Debussy, Janacek, Roussel, Shchedrin, Shostakovich, Ginastera.

Tuesday 23 February: Masachi Nishiyama, who  gave us Bach's Goldberg Variations last month, returns with her violin duo partner; programme TBC.

Thursday 25 February: Jenny Brittlebank (oboe) and Belinda Jones (piano).

Friday 12 March: Clare Jones and students (piano): Programme TBC.

November was looking very quiet but we do now have one lunchtime concert: on Wednesday 25 November 2009 - Michael and Joan Francis ( NPL Musical Society members) will give a song recital - ranging from Handel to Bridge by way of Schubert and Wolf - interspersed with piano solos - full programme to follow.

Thursday 26 November 2009 - The NPL Choir will also be performing at the grand switch-on of Teddington's Christmas lights in the evening  -  the switch-on is at Elmfield House at 6 pm and there will also be a demonstration of 'things optical and to do with perception' in an 'NPL Science Busking' area outside Sims Opticians.

Thursday 10 December 2009 - Bálint Székely (violin) and Mariko Kondo (piano) retuen , Schubert's A major sonata, D 754, and Brahms' D minor sonata Op. 108.

Tuesday 15 December 2009 - David Malusa
Beethoven's Ab sonata Op. 110, some of Chopin's Op. 25 etudes, and Liszt's Totentanz. 
Wednesday 16 December 2009 - The Christmas Concert by the NPL Choir is planned for  this will be in the Lecture Theatre in the new NPL building. This will be at lunchtime but exact times have yet to be fixed.

Those of you willing to venture round the M25 into Kent in pursuit of musical adventure may be interested in Unexpected Opera's production "A Pastoral Messiah", directed by NPL Musical Society member Lynn Binstock.
This 'Church Opera' uses Handel's 'Messiah' to dramatise George Eliot's novel 'Adam Bede' - or possibly the other way round - and invites audience participation in the tradition of Benjamin Britten (but bring a score for 'that' chorus).
Three performances remain on the Saturdays of this month - in Penshurst, Oxted, and Edenbridge. For more details of venues, times, and tickets, see

I'm looking forward to more in this vein - the Ring of the Nibelung as Middlemarch, for instance?

Stephen N. Lea MA. D.Phil