Friday 16 October 2020 : Margaret Nicholls – Confessions of an Athletics Coach

Friday 23 October 2020 : Dr Paul Richards – Talking about King’s Lynn, the 2021 tour destination

Friday 30 October 2020 : Denis King Part 2 – A follow up to his fascinating session last month

Friday  6 November 2020 : Mary Odam – Confessions of a Bell Ringer

Friday 13 November 2020 : Music for the Soul (1) – Ravel’s Bolero

Clare Kelly welcomes  her sister, Barbara Kelly, a musicologist and professor at the Royal Northern College of Music who will talk about Ravel’s Bolero.

Friday 20 November 2020 : Trianon Quiz Night (1)

Hosted by Mike Madden.

Friday 27 November 2020 : Music for the Soul  (2) – Elgar’s The Musicmakers

Clare Kelly welcomes Maggie McDonald talking about her choice. Former Leader of the Trianon Symphony Orchestra, distinguished soloist and chorus director of a number of choirs in the North of England.

Friday 4 December 2020 : Trianon Quiz Night (2)

Mike Madden hosts another Quiz night. Three rounds to challenge the little grey cells.

Friday 11 December 2020 : Confessions of a Tuba player – Paul Cannard

Hosted by Maddy Rhodes. Paul Cannard Trianon’s Tuba player and member of the Music Committee.

Friday 18 December 2020 : Trianon Christmas Music Night

Hosted by Gill Williams.

Friday 25 December 2020

Hosted by Maddy Rhodes.

Friday 1 January 2021

Hosted by Maddy Rhodes.

Friday 8 January 2021 : Music for the Soul (3)

Clare Kelly talks to Meriel Barclay- Trianon’s long-serving harpist who has chosen Janacek’s Sinfonietta – a thrilling piece of music which she first heard in her native Scotland when a teenager.

Friday 15 January 2021 : Quiz Night (3)

Hosted by Mike Madden.

Friday 22 January 2021 : Confessions: Sentences from a Judge

Maddy Rhodes introduces Barry Crawford, a member of Trianon’s bass section and chair of Anglia Singers about his life and work in the judicial system.

Friday 29 January 2021 : Roger Wright talks about his life in music

Roger was former A and R Director for Deutsche Grammophon, Controller of BBC Radio 3, Head of the BBC Proms and now CEO of Aldeburgh-Pears Foundation.

Friday 5 February 2021 : Music for the Soul (4)

Clare Kelly talks to Aart van der Wal.  Aart and his wife Lenie have been good friends of Trianon for many years and have acted as hosts for the many visits made by members of Trianon and the Anglia Singers to the Netherlands. He is editor of an online recording magazine Opus Klassiek and has chosen as his music, Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.

Friday 12 February 2021 : Quiz Night (4)

Hosted by Mike Madden. Another entertaining and informative evening, with three rounds of ten questions of general knowledge as well as music, and on this occasion including a round on Holst and the Planet Suite.

Friday 19 February 2021 : Preview: Trianon Tour 2021 A day in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Hosted by Maddy Rhodes who talks to Alison Fairman.  Alison, a  teacher, who has been advising Trianon and the Anglia Singers about the proposed visit to the Lincolnshire town. She is a Freeman of Boston, Chair of the Friends of St Botolph’s Church (Boston Stump), a founder of the Boston branch of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Chair of Boston in Bloom and Boston Hanse.

Friday 26 February 2021 : Meet Ronald Corp OBE, composer, conductor and composer

Hosted by Gillian Williams.  Ronald composed one of the five works commissioned by Trianon for its Diamond Jubilee. He has an extensive list of compositions, records extensively including a series with the orchestra he founded, The London Orchestra of British Light Music.  He conducts the New London Children’s Choir . The London Chorus and Highgate Choral Society. He will talk about his life in the world of music and also about the important of ‘light’ music.

Friday 5 March 2021 : Confessions of a Record Producer

Paul Cannard talks to celebrated Record Producer.  Andrew Keener who has been responsible for hundreds of records including Nigel Kennedy’s recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons as well as the celebrated series of Rachmaninov’s Piano concertos played by Stephen Hough and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra recorded ‘live’ .  He has been responsible for recording sessions in some of the world’s leading auditoria as well as Snape Maltings and Potton Hall in Suffolk.

Friday 12 March 2021 : Quiz Night (5)

Hosted by Mike Madden.  Another entertaining and informative evening, with three rounds of ten questions of general knowledge as well as music, and on this occasion including a round on birds in music.

Friday 19 March 2021 : Music for the Soul (5)

Clare Kelly talks to Chris Green about his chosen music – Ennio Morricone’s music for the Italian film, Cinema Paradiso which traces the history of sound film classics, as well as his work as a conductor

Friday 26 March 2021 : Confessions of an Organist

Stephen Hogger is the guest. Stephen has long been a member of Trianon playing in the double bass section, as well as moving across the orchestra to play the organ from time to time. He worked at Chandos Records for many years and then at organ builders Bishops. He has been organist and choir conductor at a number of churches. He has also composed as well as arranging and editing music including many works by Vaughan Williams, many of which have been recorded by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Stephen gives the inside view on building, playing and enjoying organs in general.

Good Friday, 2 April 2021 : Music for the Soul (6)

Clare Kelly talks to Patricia Tatum about her choice:  Bach’s St Matthew Passion.  Patricia was a member of Trianon’s choir for many years. She has been a Friend of the Group for many years since she moved to live in Warwickshire where she conducts the Fillongley Singers. She also was a host of the visit by Trianon and the Anglia Singers when they visited Warwickshire in 2019. Patricia has been soloist in major concerts by Trianon since she left the region and last sang in the Diamond Jubilee concert in September 2019.

Friday 9 April 2021 Quiz Night (6)

Hosted by Mike Madden.  Another entertaining and informative evening, with three rounds of ten questions of general knowledge as well as music, and on this occasion including a round on a theme to be announced.

Friday 16 April 2021 :  Confessions of an artist

Brenda Green: My Journey into the Unknown!  Botanic Drawing was not something Brenda had ever intended to do, but it hooked her and took her down an unknown path, landing her at and through the door of The Society of Botanic Artists! If you would like to know more about the journey along that amazing path and how it has opened another world for Brenda then join this session and Brenda will show her work and tell the story.

Friday 23 April 2021 : St George’s Day and Shakespeare’s Birthday

Celebration in words and music.  Bring refreshment of your choice, sit back and enjoy a programme of words and music, hosted by Maddy Rhodes with presentations by Janet Dann and Chris Green, in celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday.  There will be an opportunity to learn about Janet’s links with Stratford and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Friday 30 April 2021 :  Celebrating Malcolm!

A Presentation by Alan Poulton, Chairman of the Malcolm Arnold Society of which Trianon is a member.  2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Malcolm Arnold in 1921 in Northampton. This is the first in a series of occasional tributes from Trianon to the memory of its former President. Alan worked with Malcolm and was his Business Manager from 1982-1986. He is currently editing the revised Catalogue of Malcolm Arnold’s music which will be published in the spring 2021.

Friday 7 May 2021 : Quiz Night (7)

Hosted by Mike Madden.  Another entertaining and informative evening, with three rounds of ten questions of general knowledge as well as music.

Friday 14 May 2021 : The Life and Times of Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)

Trianon member, Joy Bounds speaks about this controversial composer who was an ardent advocate, for not only her music, but for women’s rights. A close friend of Emily Pankhurst, Ethel Smyth’s music has begun to emerge from being consigned to footnote status and like the output of so many women composers, audiences are being given the opportunity to assess the quality of that output. Joy has written a number of books, and is currently working on a novel based upon incidents in the life of Ethel Smyth.

Friday 21 May 2021 : Music for the Soul (7)

Clare Kelly talks to Monsignor David Manson, Priest-in-Charge of Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Braintree. David – a former solicitor and now  a neighbour to Chris is a good friend of the Anglia Singers, and his church, one of the last to be built before the start of the Second World War has hosted many concerts by the Singers with members of Trianon attending. David has often introduced these concerts and demonstrated a keen sense and knowledge of the music. His choice of music is Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. This was a work in which he sang when at school, and served as a source of consolation when he lost his father.

Friday 28 May 2021 : Preview, Trianon and Anglia Singers Tour 2021. A day in Wisbech (Cambridgeshire).

A presentation by one of our hosts , Val Spriggs.  Val is a retired primary Head Teacher, (now totally irresponsible!)  She is also Treasurer of St Peters and St Paul’s church (one of our performance venues) and Chair of the church’s lottery bid. Prior to lockdown She was one of the team of pianists at Peckover House (NT) so a keen musician. Val also stands in for the church’s organist at St Peters (David Wright) because he is an international musician who travelled the world before Covid struck. He plays harpsichord with London Mozart Players.

Friday 4 June 2021 : Confessions of a Conductor: Howard Griffiths MBE

Janet Dann talks to Howard Griffiths MBE. Howard was Leader of the Trianon Orchestra from 1966-67. He subsequently studied at Colchester Institute and then the Royal College of Music changing from violin to viola. He joined The Ankara State Orchestra in Turkey where he took up conducting. He now lives in Switzerland but has conducted all over the world. Orchestras have included the London Philharmonics and Israel Philharmonic. He was General Music Director of the Brandenburg State Symphony and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. Howard has recorded extensively with over 150 recordings to his credit.

Friday 11 June 2021 : Celebrating Malcolm! (2)

Katherine Arnold – daughter of Malcolm Arnold, Trianon’s former President – talks to Chris Green about her late coming to love his music. Katherine studied anthropology and geography at Durham (and where Malcolm  wrote the Trevelyan Suite for wind quintet).  Having continued with her anthropology studies at postgrad level she had the huge good fortune to be advised by a colleague to train as a child psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic. That suited her down to the ground, as she was fascinated by her autistic half brother Edward and when she went to psychoanalysis five times a week, which was a requirement for the course, she realised she had better have a think about herself!  Subsequently she had a long and interesting career as a psychotherapist as a result. She has just retired, which she is also enjoying!

Friday 18 June : Quiz Night (8)

Hosted by Mike Madden.  Another entertaining and informative evening, with three rounds of ten questions of general knowledge as well as music.

Friday 25 June 2021 : Music for the Soul (8)

Clare Kelly talks to Debbie Wiseman OBE making a welcome return to Trianon Friday Night Get Togethers. She will be talking about her new album which was released on 11 June on the Decca label, The Music of Kings & Queens, The Soundtrack to the Royal Birthday Celebrations. Composed by Debbie Wiseman, featuring Spoken Word from Dame Helen Mirren and Damian Lewis OBE.

Friday 2 July 2021 : Quiz Night (9)

Hosted by Mike Madden.  Another chance to sharpen your knowledge and wits over three rounds with our genial quizmaster.

Friday 9 July 2021 : Sabine Weyer

Meet Sabine Weyer, a talented and prodigious young solo pianist based in Luxembourg. Sabine has made a number of recordings of solo piano and chamber music. She is professor of piano at the conservatoire in Luxembourg. She will be talking about her career and the challenges of working under COVID regulations.

Friday 16 July 2021 : Celebrating Malcolm! – Recording the symphonies and Dances

The third in the short series celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of former Trianon President, Sir Malcolm Arnold features Andrew Penny. Andrew, a conductor based in Hull, has recorded the complete cycle of Arnold’s nine symphonies for Naxos together with all the national dances, many of which Trianon has performed. These recordings are currently available on Naxos and Andrew will be talking about his experience of recording them illustrated by excerpts from his recordings.

Friday 23 July 2021 : From Trianon to the BBC Philharmonic – an interview with Nigel Jay

Nigel Jay was a member of Trianon’s orchestra as a student before following the path of the Colchester Institute and on to one of London’s conservatoires. He became a professional violinist in many leading orchestras including D’Oyly Carte, Skittish Chamber Orchestra and then, for many years, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra from which he has just retired. Indeed, a May 2021 “live” broadcast on BBC Radio 3 was his last with the continuity announcer thanking Nigel and wishing him well! Nigel talks about his experiences of working as a professional orchestral player.

Friday 30 July 30 July 2021 : Confessions of a Dean – an interview with the Very Revd Mark Bonney

Mark is a former member of the Trianon Orchestra as was his later sister, Alison, His father was Head Teacher of St Margaret’s C of E School in Ipswich where Mark was a student at Northgate Grammar School. Mark is now Dean of Ely Cathedral and very much involved in the music of the Cathedral.