Presenters Panel


Societies are invited to recommend successful presenters for inclusion in this list. Please note, there is a modest charge of £10 per entry per annum for presenters who charge a fee (as distinct from reasonable expenses). Officers and committee members of the FRMS are experienced presenters and—if not listed here—may be contacted via the Website Manager.

This supplement is intended to be a general guide to programme planning. Reasonable care is taken to ensure accuracy of the details given but neither the FRMS Committee nor the Website Manager can accept responsibility for any circumstances arising subsequent to the use of this supplement.

Latest addition to the panel: Stephen Davis

Latest amendments (29/01/24): The Delius Society can no longer offer speakers and has been removed. The entries for the British Music Society and Ralph Vaughan Williams Society have been updated.

'Eroica', 1 South Road, Bradford BD9 4SU
Tel: 01274 783285
Wide variety of programmes including artist and composer profiles.
Most programmes feature audiophile recordings.
No fee, minimal travel expenses only.

Paul Arden-Taylor, 11 Romsley Hill Grange, Romsley, Worcs, B62 0LN
Tel: 01562 710801 mobile: 07778 016769
An evening of light music presented by former MRO oboist Paul Arden-Taylor, who now works as a recording engineer and has compiled an extensive archive of surviving MRO recordings.
Midlands area only. No fee, petrol costs requested. Selection of classical CDs for sale.

25 Bearton Green, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 1UN
Tel: 01462 434318
Mob: 07703 584152

Ian gives illustrated talks to societies about the life and music of his grandfather, Rutland Boughton, best known today for his record-breaking opera 'The Immortal Hour' and for establishing and directing the original festivals at Glastonbury (1914 to 1926). Boughton also wrote symphonies, concerti, songs and chamber music, extracts of which form part of Ian’s presentation. Expenses only.

John Gibbons, vice-chairman
Mobile: 07973 617 064
Discover a hidden world of music. The Society's aim is to bring together a broad range of opportunities and experiences for supporters of British music. Our growing catalogue of recordings, in collaboration with Naxos, continues to uncover and preserve often unknown repertoire. Expenses requested. CDs for sale.

I offer selections of English favourites from Gilbert & Sullivan to Vaughan Williams and Elgar.
I also include a wide range of popular German masterworks that primarily feature the compositions of Ludwig van Beethoven along with some Brahms specialities too.
Composer profiles are frequently included in my programmes and subject matter discussion can be arranged on request.
Lifelong collector of Music for Pleasure classical LPs since the age of 14.
CDs available for sale.
Unpublished essays on Beethoven and Gilbert & Sullivan.
No fee but reasonable travelling expenses are required, please, depending on distance
Address: 174 Stanbury Road, Hull. HU6 7BW
Tel: 01482 850471
Mobile: 07940 261506

Promotes the music of all Czech and Slovak composers.
Members give talks and lectures to societies at various locations.
Enquiries to: Susan Jenkinson, Hon Sec The Dvořák Society, 117 Bramshot Avenue, London SE7 7HX. Tel. +44 (0)20 8858 3743 email:
No fee but expenses might be requested.

Branch Secretaries in several areas of the UK can arrange a speaker from the Society. In the first instance contact the General Secretary who will forward enquiries as necessary:
George Smart, Elgar Society Hon. Sec. 10 Cullinpark Grove, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire ML10 6EN
Phone 01357520314; email

Tutor in Academic Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music; Visiting Professor at the University of Chester; Project Consultant, Performing the Jewish Archive, School of Music, University of Leeds; Member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.
Various and wide-ranging topics. Contact by email in the first instance to discuss availability, fees and your Society's requirements.

10 Drovers, Bolney Street, Haywards Heath,
West Sussex, RH17 5PT. Tel: 01444 881887
Subjects include: Charles Villiers Stanford - arguably Britain's greatest all-round musician; teacher of many early C20th British composers, and tireless promoter of British music. William Yeates Hurlstone - outstandingly gifted pupil of Stanford, who might have rivalled Purcell and Elgar had he lived longer. Unknown British - but still with a tune! Expenses: negotiable. Will travel anywhere.

15 Castle Gardens, Barrock Street, Thurso KW14 7GZ 01847 890911 email:
Membership Secretary of the Havergal Brian Society.
Offers presentations on three subjects: Britten's music; James MacMillan's music; Havergal Brian's music.
No fee. Travel and accommodation expenses negotiable.

4 Carlton Road, Kibworth Harcourt, Leics LE8 0LZ, email:; Tel: 0116 279 2557
Former Trustee and Membership Secretary of the Rachmaninoff Society. Currently one presentation is offered: 'Sergei Rachmaninoff - his life and music'. This is a Powerpoint-based presentation covering Rachmaninoff's personal and musical development and includes many historical photographs. The many musical examples concentrate on less well-known compositions and include significant recordings of his songs, choral music, chamber music, and piano works (some with the composer at the piano) together with selected orchestral excerpts. No fee; reasonable expenses.

EM Records / English Music Festival
Suite M0222, 265-269 Kingston Road,
Wimbledon, London SW19 3NW Tel: 07808 473889
email: or
Director of EM Records and Founder-Director of the English Music Festival - can give talks on both subjects. In the EMF talk, illustrated with music and visuals, she covers the aims, objectives and achievements of the Festival - her mission to put English music back on the map. And with her husband, violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck, she delivers a presentation on EM Records, covering the raison d'être of the record label, as well as topics such as how repertoire and venues are chosen, what takes place at recording sessions (exploding bows and mysterious noises), how works are edited for recording, and what is involved in the running of a label. With musical excerpts.
Reasonable expenses and a modest fee requested.

16 Melboune Road, Halesowen B63 3NB
Tel: 0121 550 4482.
email:; mobile 07958 509391
Chief music critic of Birmingham Post; Midlands correspondent for Classical Music, Musical Opinion, Opera and other music publications.
Illustrated programmes include, among others:
Confessions of a music critic; Changing critical attitudes to Elgar; The Symphonies of Gustav Mahler; Composers on record; The problem of bespoke music; Rachmaninov and plainchant; Beethoven the Bounds-Breaker; European Composers in America; Did Mozart burn himself out? The Faust legend in music; The Orpheus legend in music; European visitors to the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival.
Fee negotiable

44 Victoria Road, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 4QD
Tel: 01726 71714 / 07989 398782
Manager, Kernow Classics.
Subjects: Emmanuel Chabrier; Music in Germany 1918-45 (with emphasis on Werner Egk & Eduard and Evelyn Künneke); Jerome Kern; George Gershwin; Albert Lortzing; The post-war Vienna State Opera; The Mozart-da Ponte Operas. Evelyn Kunneke; Music from 1876. I would consider any operatic subject or evenings about historic singers (German, French or Austrian preferred).
Fee: usually £75 plus reasonable expenses over 50 miles.

DR GEOFF OGRAM, Secretary, Stafford RMS
6 Silverthorn Way, Wildwood, Stafford ST17 4PZ
Tel: 01785 663423 email:
A number of recital programmes, with a significant content of C20th British music. My specialist composer is Gordon Jacob, whose music I discovered in 1956. Over the years we met frequently and became friends. I now act as a consultant to help performers and others with information about his music. Although I have completed a book on his music it remains unpublished. The recital on his work is entitled Seventh Son.
No fee required, just minimal travel expenses.

Gowland Court, Ogleforth Mews, York YO1 7JG
Tel: 01904 801804
Critic for Opera Now and author of book Travels With My Opera Glasses. Talks on and around opera and opera composers, performers, productions, opera houses, audiences, 'calamities'.
No fee. Travelling expenses negotiable.

52 Judkin Court, Century Wharf, Cardiff CF10 5AU. Tel: 02920 489332; email:
Professional career as a broadcaster with the BBC and other radio stations. Illustrated talks with interviews on various topics, such as 'Conductors: who needs 'em?' and 'The craft of instrument-making' - or maybe ask me to cover a subject of your choice.
Will travel. Fees negotiable + expenses.

15 David Avenue, Wickford, Essex SS11 7BG
email:; website:
Former chairperson of the Wagner Society and the Gustav Mahler Society UK (, editor of 'The Wayfarer' and online music magazine reviewer. Many very successful previous presentations and now concentrating again on his Wagner talk - 'The Ring Road to Bayreuth' and a new talk about the great British tenor, Alberto Remedios, 'From the Mersey to the World'. No fee; reasonable expenses; date and travel never usually a problem.

149E Holland Rd, London W14 8AS
Tel: 020 7602 4187; mobile 07867 698175
Granddaughter of Elisabeth Schumann and translator of her biography (written by the singer's son, Gerd Puritz). Illustrated presentation entitled A Portrait of the Soprano, Elisabeth Schumann has been well received by the Friends of Covent Garden, the National Sound Archive and many recorded music societies. Fee negotiable.

John Francis, Chairman / Director of Albion Records

Ralph Vaughan Williams is arguably Britain's greatest composer: his works include nine symphonies, operas, song cycles, music for film, ballet and choirs.
Members of this flourishing society—across 25 countries—enjoy exclusive events and films, Journals and Newsletters and access to a comprehensive website of information. During 2022 the music industry celebrated the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth with an extensive programme of concerts, events, recordings and publications.

Albion Records, the Society’s dedicated recording label, was set up to address the many gaps in recordings of the composer’s works and now numbers 46 issues, nearly all of them including premieres by Vaughan Williams.
Talks include ‘ A History of Albion Records’, where CDs can be provided for sale.

2 Turrall Street, Barbourne, Worcester WR3 8AJ
01905 611570; Mobile: 07943 952 460
email: (contains sound samples)
Described as '…Britain's greatest living composer of art songs…' (Musical Opinion) and '…a song composer as fine as Finzi and Gurney…' (BBC Music Magazine). Ian Venables has written over 60 works in the genre of art-
song, as well as many fine chamber works. Ian studied music with Professor Richard Arnell at Trinity College of Music, London and later with Andrew Downes, John Mayer and John Joubert at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Since 1986 he has lived in Worcester, and the surrounding landscape has often inspired his compositions. His works have been performed by national and internationally acclaimed artists, recorded on Somm, Signum, Regent, EM Records and Naxos, and published by Novello and Company Ltd (Music Sales International).
Ian's talk, with musical examples, gives an overview of the history of art-song in England from the perspective of a 21st-century composer, as well as incorporating illuminating insights into his own works and composing process. Fee: £100 plus expenses.

The Brew House, Radwell, Baldock, Herts SG7 5ES.
Tel: 01462 730490. email:
Professional cellist. Recorded award-winning CD.
1. A Cello Century of British Women Composers 1884-1984 features composers' anecdotes and the making of the CD.
2. The Not so Silent Minority: examples of late C19th /early C20th chamber music by women composers, including Fanny Mendelssohn, Rebecca Clarke, and Ethel Smyth.
3. The Life of a cellist in the London Philharmonic featuring Solti, Tennstedt and Haitink amongst others.
Travels countrywide. Fees negotiable + expenses.

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