At TMW, the music will again be played over

equipment of the highest quality including:

ProAc, Audio Synthesis, Crimson Electronics,

Sony, Marantz.

Supplied, transported, set up and operated by

Mike Price and the technical Team.

Microphones and their control system

set up and operated by

John Walker.

Programme details are correct at the time of posting here but are subject to alteration without notice. The Friends of Torbay cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage of any kind resulting from changes to this programme. Our website is regularly updated with the latest news about TMW and details about the Friends. Please contact us (via the website) if you have any views, news or other items of interest to the Friends - we would be delighted to hear from you.

2018 Programme - 2019 when available


6.00-6.45 pm      TMW 49 Welcome Reception

We extend a very warm welcome to members old and new. Meet Torbay friends at a Welcome Reception where wine and soft drinks will be served before dinner.

6.45-8.15 pm      Dinner

8.30-10.00 pm      The Legacy of Leon Goossens: British oboists and British oboe music

Professor George Caird looks at the influence that Goossens brought to the oboe and to the music written for it throughout the 20th century and to the present day.

10.15-11.15 pm approx.     A Philistine at Large

Enjoying sound and the combination of sounds can sometimes lead into strange directions and it has been apparent in recent years that our members have very catholic tastes. TMW Chairman John Isaac suggests that perhaps he is not the only Philistine and that his choices for a late evening ‘wind down’ will appeal to most. Nothing too taxing - come and share the enjoyment.


7.30-9.00 am      Breakfast

9.30-10.45 am      Gundula Janowitz: an appreciation of a great singer

Gundula Janowitz had a ravishingly beautiful voice, one of the very finest on record, a soprano with a pure, perfectly focused, gleaming tone. She was equally superb in opera, oratorio and lieder. Andrew Borkowski illustrates her career with a selection from her extensive recordings, focusing particularly on her definitive performances of Mozart, Schubert and Richard Strauss.

10.45-11.15 am      Coffee

11.15-12.30 pm      Listening to Japanese Orchestras with a Western Critic’s Ears

Christopher Morley was one of a small group of western critics to be invited by the Association of Japanese Symphony Orchestras to Japan last year to assess the quality of Japanese Orchestras. The results, as you will hear from these examples, some recorded at the time, are revealing and significant.

1.00-2.15 pm      Lunch

2.30-3.45 pm      The Armstrong Years

Ted Pezarro highlights Louis Armstrong’s long career and his influence on the development of Jazz from its earliest New Orleans beginnings till his death in 1971. Though his basic style was formed in the 1920s, he developed through his many recordings, artistic collaborations and film appearances into an all-round entertainer influencing many fellow entertainers along the way.

3.45-4.15 pm      Tea

4.15-5.30 pm      The German Symphony between Beethoven and Brahms

After Beethoven’s ninth, the German symphony went into a decline. Mendelssohn and Schumann made valiant attempts; Liszt followed Berlioz’s lead and created the symphonic poem while Wagner composed operas. Dr Christopher Fifield will tell us that it was Brahms who, after years of self-doubt, restored it to its rightful place; but what of those composers in-between?

6.45-8.15 pm      Dinner

8.30-10.00 pm      The Torbay Recital 1

One of the most exciting of classical accordionists of his generation, award-winning Miloš Milivojević

is in demand throughout the UK and abroad as a performer of classical tango and Balkan music. Miloš will talk about his musical journey from Serbia to London and his programme will include works by Bach, Scarlatti, Sarasate and Piazzolia.

10.15-11.15 pm approx.      A song and Dance Miscellany

We are used to Mike Price giving us a gentle ‘end’ to the evening. Tonight will be no exception and Mike will play some opera and ballet extracts (including some lighter moments) from recent productions. At the time of going to print he thought that Prokofiev, Ravel, Verdi and Puccini might feature.


7.30-9.00 am      Breakfast

9.30-10.30 am      The Friends of Torbay AGM

Come to the Annual General Meeting and hear what is happening within the TMW.

10.30-11.00 am      Coffee

11.00-12.30 pm      “My name is Georgiadis, I was leader of the band”

Internationally acclaimed orchestra leader, conductor, arranger and film star, John Georgiadis will explore the many facets of his very varied career. Along the way we’ll hear about the influence of Willi Boskovsky, conducting studies with Sergiu Celibidache, working with Andre Previn and being approached by Dustin Hoffman to appear in the film Quartet.

1.00-2.15 pm      Lunch

2.30-3.45 pm      “Variety is the spice of life”

Marilyn Hill Smith takes a joyously nostalgic look back at her singing career, which encompasses almost every type of music, and which has taken her all over the world. She will also show some video clips, and play highlights from her many recordings.

3.45-4.15 pm      Tea

4.15-5.30 pm      “Look what they’ve done to my song, Ma”

Is nothing sacred in the world of music? David Wherrell takes another look at the origins of song melodies and why we often think “Where have I heard that before?”. Here is evidence that borrowing other people’s melodies and turning them into something else has been rife throughout the ages.

6.45-8.15 pm      Dinner

8.30-10.00 pm approx.      The Torbay Recital 2

Craig Ogden and Gary Ryan are two of the world’s most exciting guitarists. In the second of our Weekend’s recitals they will, with solo and duo performances, reveal the guitar’s full potential with a diverse range of musical styles ranging from Dowland and Vivaldi through Rossini, Albéniz and de Falla to Piazzolla, Yocoh, Ryan and Machado.

10.00 pm approx.      John Isaac - Closing words


7.30-9.00 am      Breakfast

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