These events will be by Zoom at 8pm and last for 40 minutes each. Prior booking is necessary. 

Please contact either Maddy Rhodes or Gillian Williams at least three working days before the scheduled event. On receipt of the email, a password and login details for each will be sent.

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.

Join Maddy, Janet and Chris  as they celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday in words and music. 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, 8pm

Quiz Night with Mike Madden (7)

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 14 May 2021, 8pm

The Life and Times of Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)

Trianon member, Joy Bounds talks 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, 8pm

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, 8pm

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 play

Friday 4 June 2021, 8pm

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, 8pm

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 win d 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 into 5 times a week psychoanalysis 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, 8pm

Quiz Night with Mike Madden (8)

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 25 June 2021, 8pm

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