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At TMW 2017, the music will again be played over

equipment of quality including:

ProAc, Audio Synthesis, Crimson Electronics, Sony, Marantz, Bowers and Wilkins.

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.

TMW’s technical Welsh wizard, Mike Price, invites you to join him for a relaxing evening of music and DVDs - the perfect antidote after a day of travelling. But beware, whilst he promises nothing too challenging, he doesn’t want you falling asleep so there may be a few surprises.

Ian Bailey gives a brief overview of romantic composer Joachim Raff, who gained enormous approbation during his lifetime but was rapidly forgotten after his death.

6.00-6.45 pm: TMW 48 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

8.30-9.30 pm: ‘The man who wrote too much?’

9.45-11.15 pm approx: Time to relax


7.30-9.00 am: Breakfast

9.30-10.45 am: Planet Mozart’s satellites?

Mozart’s success at home and abroad meant that many other talented composers fell by the wayside. Lynne Plummer will try to bring a few of them to your notice, with some expert help from people she’s spoken to and some good music to illustrate their largely forgotten work.

10.45-11.15 am: Coffee

11.15-12.30 pm: William Sterndale Bennett, a Victorian beacon of hope?

Barry Sterndale-Bennett tells us about his great, great, grand-father William Sterndale Bennett who was a child prodigy at the RAM and greatly admired as a composer-pianist by Mendelssohn and Schumann. He was also chief conductor of the Philharmonic Society, a most influential music educator, founder of the Bach Society, Professor of music at Cambridge and Principal of the RAM.

1.00-2.15 pm: Lunch

2.30-3.45 pm: ‘Haydn the Versatile’

Long celebrated as Father of the Symphony, String Quartet and Classical Sonata we are now catching up with Haydn as Master of Church Music and Director of an Opera House. Geraint Lewis will explore Haydn’s intertwined career as Kapellmeister in Chapel, Court and Theatre through his shamefully neglected Masses and Operas.

3.45-4.15 pm: Tea

4.15-5.30 pm: Music Retailing: the highs and lows

Andrew Collins, MD of Brittens Music for the last 21 years talks through his varied career both inside and outside the music industry. Amusing stories together with a serious look at the prospects for classical music in the UK with its impact on retailing will be both thought provoking and entertaining.

6.45-8.15 pm: Dinner

8.30-10.00 pm: The Torbay Recital: Primavera

This year, the Torbay recital will be given by three members of the music ensemble Primavera. Paul Manley (violin), Martin Smith (violin) and Jonathan Barritt (viola) will play works by Beethoven, Kodály, Ysaÿe and  Dvořák.

10.15-11.15 pm approx: Morning, Noon and Night

Marilyn Boyle will present a varied programme of music suitable for late-night listening which reflects her interests including the piano and oboe, The Hallé Orchestra, The Johann Strauss Society and The City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds, as well as professional music and singing of family and friends.


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: Opera, Fate and Forza

La forza del destino is Verdi’s epic tale of a continent in chaos and the uncanny coincidences that result. Welsh National Opera will be bringing this under-performed opera to Plymouth and six other cities in Spring 2018, and in this presentation Hedd Thomas, WNO’s dramaturg, will introduce its story, background and themes.

1.00-2.15 pm: Lunch

2.30-3.45 pm: A life in music - Sir David Willcocks

Jonathan Willcocks will talk about the life, work and recordings of his late father, Sir David Willcocks - who was known to so many for his work with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and many other choirs across the world. He will also talk about how his own career as a composer and conductor developed under the influence of his father, playing recordings of both his father and his own work by way of illustration.

3.45-4.15 pm: Tea

4.15-5.30 pm: Viva Charlie! Celebrating Sir Charles Mackerras

Reminiscences and anecdotes of Sir Charles Mackerras with his daughter Cathy Mackerras and his biographer Nigel Simeone, interspersed with rare filmed performances of Janáček and Vaughan Williams along with other unpublished recordings.

6.45-8.15 pm: Dinner

8.30-10.00 pm approx: G&S… A Soprano’s Approach (or The Patter and the Pitfalls)

Professional soprano, Kay Jordan, will explore the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, elucidating on what’s behind studying, teaching and performing the works, plus singing excerpts to illustrate her presentation.

10.00 pm approx: John Isaac - Closing words


7.30-9.00 am Breakfast