If you have an interest in classical music or wish to learn more about it, then we are confident that you will enjoy joining us for an evening of entertainment. The society arranges a full programme throughout the season, of talks given on a wide range of subjects. Presenters include both professionals such as musicians, conductors, record companies and historians plus enthusiasts from both our own and other recorded music societies.
In addition, we hold 'At Home' events, where any member can choose to host an afternoon or evening musical programme.

Please do come along to one of our meetings, you can be sure of a warm welcome and an interesting talk in a friendly informal atmosphere with convivial company.

Meetings: September to May, twice monthly on a Monday.
Location: St. Saviour's Church Hall, Colemore Road, Iford, BH7 6RZ
(The hall is next to the church, corner of Holdenhurst Avenue and Colemore Road)
Time: 7.30pm to 9.45pm, with break for tea.
(There is a car park and ample on road parking)

Fees: Full annual membership £16.00.
Non-member/visitor £2.00 per meeting.

For more information contact: Sylvia or Philip Giddens
on 01202 424023
or by

Visitors are very welcome

Programme 71st Season - 2017/2018
Sept. 11

CHRISTOPHER WEBBER - Writer, music critic, actor, dramatist and theatre director Christopher returns tonight with The Operas of Smetana & Dvorak.


Sept. 25

ANDREW KEENER. Independent recording producer, Andrew returns tonight looking at the works of some lesser-known British composers of the first half of the Twentieth Century.


Oct. 9

ROBIN & ANN GREGORY - Ever popular guests Robin and Ann return tonight to tell us about Strange Aspects of Musical Theatre.


Oct. 23

ANDREW LAMB - Tonight we welcome ex Gramophone critic and writer Andrew back with - The Operas of Ambroise Thomas.


Nov. 13

JAMES MURRAY - James makes a welcome return tonight to tell us about the works of Albert Lortzing.


Nov. 27

PROF. ANTHONY OGUS. Makes his debut at BGS tonight with George Bernard Shaw at the Opera.


Dec. 11

SIMON PERRY - Simon returns tonight to give The News from Hyperion.


Dec. 16



Mar. 12

TERRY BARFOOT - Regular popular guest, and host of Arts in Residence, Terry returns to BGS with an evening of British Light Music.


Mar. 26

LYNNE PLUMMER - Lynne returns to tell us how the instruments we are familiar with are made. Instrument Makers.


Apr. 9

MIKE HARLEY - Popular member Mike will tell us about Ern Dohnanyi.


Apr. 23

BRIAN ASTELL - Tonight we welcome Brian again. Title tba.


May 14

MIKE JAMESON - Regular welcome visitor Mike returns tonight with Forgotten Gems of La Belle Époque.In this fascinating programme, Michael Jameson introduces listeners to an effervescent potpourri of musical delights from France's Belle Époque, a period of unrivalled cultural and artistic innovation and optimism, tragically curtailed by the Great War. Many largely forgotten works, by composers as diverse as Chabrier, Massenet, Pierné, Auber, Lecocq, Reynaldo Hahn and others are juxtaposed with a number of less familiar masterpieces by Franck, Saint-Saëns, and Dukas, in this musical tribute to the City of Light's golden era.


May 28


June 11



June 25

GWYN PARRY-JONES - Beyond the the Planets. Gwyn, who is Head of Music Activities at the University of Reading, and has been Musical Director of the University Choral Society since 1996 returns to tell us about the works of Holst.


July 9
BRIAN JOHNSTON - BSO violinist, now freelance and regular favourite at BGS, tonight Brian asks How on Earth did I Become a Musician?
July 23

PAUL WYATT - Paul makes a long-overdue return to talk about The Artistry of Charles Gerhardt.


Aug 13

ALAN DYER - Our Chairman, Alan will tell us about Hubert Parry- A Local Boy Makes Good. A survey of the works by Parry on the centenary anniversary of his death.


Aug 27
Sept. 10
72nd Season commences.

The Committee reserve the right to alter programmes without prior notice.


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