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Oxted & Limpsfield Music Society's 75th Anniversary Season

For the 75th Anniversary of the Oxted & Limpsfield Music Society a very special season of concerts and events has been arranged for your enjoyment. In this celebratory season we have once again engaged a host of musicians of the very highest standard to come here and delight you.

Our ability to invite world-renowned artists to perform, but still being able to offer tickets at remarkably reasonable prices, is well known, as is our ethos of inviting singers and musicians of the next generation who will undoubtedly gain international recognition.

The website will continue to be updated to show more details about the performers and their chosen repertoires. An announcement about the ticket prices will be made at the beginning of September 2022.

We hope we can rely on your continued support so that our upcoming concerts will be as special and successful as all our previous ones have been.


Roll over Beethoven - it's Gyles Brandreth!

An evening of wit and wisdom (but no music)

As part of the Society's 75th Anniversary Season there'll be an additional event on 24th September 2022 starting at 7.30pm.
Hazelwood School's Bawtree Hall, Wolfs Hill, Oxted RH8 0QU.

Gyles Brandreth will be giving us an unforgettable evening of wit and wisdom. Come along and be enthralled by him, a man with a tremendous sense of humour and an encyclopedic knowledge. Gyles is a celebrity well known for his remarkable ability to chat about anything and everything.

His appearances on TV, on stage and on the radio always generate a lot of smiles and laughter from his audience. He's a larger-than-life character with a personality to match. Gyles always connects with his audiences on a personal level no matter where he appears and we are so lucky that he is coming to entertain us in such intimate surroundings.

Tickets cost £30, a snip for an evening of such endless entertainment. Gyles has agreed to find the time to do a book-signing at the end of the event so make sure you come along with your pounds, shillings and pence!

Book tickets by going to www.bit.ly/BrandrethAtOLMS and please note that the web address is case sensitive so in order to get on to the website the capital letters in the address must be written as shown. Many thanks, and hope to see you at what will certainly be a very enjoyable evening.

Depending on demand, tickets may not be available for sale on the door.


O&LMS Music Prizewinners

The 2022 Prizewinner - George Newton.
The 2021 Prizewinner - Henry Land.
The 2020 Prizewinner - Jemina Leach.
The 2019 Prizewinner - Marthinus Louw.
The 2018 Prizewinner - Oliver Payne.
The 2017 Prizewinner - Camilla Savlieva.
The 2016 Prizewinner - Alexander Stejskal.
The 2015 Prizewinner - Elias Asli.
The 2014 Prizewinner - Eliza Percival.

In 2014 the O&LMS Committee introduced a music prize of an engraved pewter salver to be presented as an annual award to a talented young musician. The prize was an idea of David Lloyd, the Society's Chairman at that time. The salver has been inscribed "Oxted & Limpsfield Music Society Prize for a Young Musician of Promise at Hazelwood School". We invite the prizewinners to attend any concert of their choice in order that we can acknowledge their talent and achievements in front of an audience and in the local press.

We have been given permission to announce short biographies about some of these remarkable young musicians. They were nominated by Hazelwood School's Head of Music.

PRIZEWINNER 2022 - GEORGE NEWTON
George, who is 11, was delighted to be awarded the O&LMS Music Prize. George started playing the violin with his reception class at his old school doing the Stringbabies course. Very soon after in a Christmas concert, he was sitting next to a lovely physics teacher and viola player who interested him with the delights of the viola clef. George preferred the deep sonorous sound of the viola, and from that point on was adamant that he would continue with the viola and not the violin. George enjoys playing with the school orchestra and particularly loves the concerts. George has always enjoyed singing at home and in the School choirs and is a member of the Chapel Choir at Hazelwood. George has been playing the piano from an early age and started having lessons in 2017. He is currently studying for his grade 6 piano. George particularly loves improvising on the piano and playing by ear pieces he has heard.

PRIZEWINNER 2019 - MARTHINUS LOUW
Still only 12 years old, Marthinus has grown into an exceptional all-round musician over the past few years. He plays the piano and the double bass and is a committed member of the School Orchestra, String Band, Jazz Group and Chapel Choir. His schedule is jam-packed with musical activities to which he contributes greatly week in, week out. A budding composer, Marthinus has taken the Jazz Group forward with some interesting time signatures and bass lines. He is also an integral member of the Chapel Choir and hopes to be part of the group when they travel to Belgium to compete in the 2020 World Choir Games.

PRIZEWINNER 2017 - CAMILLA SAVLIEVA
Camilla was 9 years old when she was awarded the prize. She has been playing the piano since the age of 5. She developed an interest in music from an early age, and has shown a keen interest to learn different styles and genres of music. Camilla happily embraced the opportunity to continue playing the piano when she entered Hazelwood in 2011, and in 2015 she started taking singing lessons. Earlier in 2017 Camilla passed piano Grade 3 with distinction and in mid-2017 took Grade 3 voice. She enjoys playing with other Hazelwood musicians, and equally loves playing classical music and jazz. Her developing musicality and desire to learn music has received excellent support from her teachers.

PRIZEWINNER 2016 - ALEXANDER STEJSKAL
Alexander was 7 years old when he received the award and started having violin lessons when he was only 3 and a half. He was invited to perform at Cadogan Hall on his 5th birthday and has since performed at various well-known venues. In 2015 he was invited to perform the Bach Double Violin Concerto at the Royal Albert Hall and again in 2016 with the renowned violinist Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam. Alexander has been working closely with Ben Wragg at The Purcell School for Young Musicians.


THE VENUE

The concerts of the past few seasons were all held in the Bawtree Concert Hall in Hazelwood School's Baily Building. We hope that future events can continue to be held there.

The modern facilities of the Baily Building include lifts from the foyer to all floors, thus enabling step-free access to the Bawtree Concert Hall. The doors of the main entrance of the Baily Building open outwards so when arriving ticket holders must stand 2 paces back from the double doors.

We reserve the first 2 rows of the auditorium for those who may have difficulty using the stairs in the hall. For every concert we place individual chairs in appropriate places in order to further aid safe access. We will do our utmost to accommodate anyone who wishes to attend our concerts in every venue, whatever form of disability they may have. If another venue has to be used then we will advise details about the access issues.

The Bawtree Concert Hall has a bright, fresh acoustic which is praised by all the international musicians engaged by us. The Society financially supports the complete refurbishment of the Yamaha grand piano annually. This is done by one of the foremost piano technicians in the UK and the sound is now equal to many pianos in the main London venues and has also been much praised by piano soloists, accompanists and the pianists in chamber music ensembles.


IMOGEN COOPER, DBE

It is with great pleasure to announce that our President since 2007, Imogen Cooper, has been awarded the distinguished title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours, June 2021. The title has been given to her for services to music. Her professional career has spanned over 5 decades. In 2015 she founded the Imogen Cooper Music Trust for the mentoring and support of highly talented young musicians who are at the beginning of their professional careers. We are very proud to have her as our President.


MICHAEL BARLOW

Many people will have already heard of the death of the Chairman of the Society, Michael Barlow. A short obituary was circulated to all of our season ticket holders, as well as our regular audience members and our occasional visitors. Michael had been a Committee Member for a quite a few decades before becoming Chairman of the Society. His life was filled by a passion for music which enabled him to bring joy and knowledge to people of all ages, near and far. He was a well-respected composer, pianist, organist, choir master, conductor, music tutor and an author of a highly praised book on the British composer, George Butterworth. He was hugely influential in the formative years of many children and teenagers who, encouraged by his enthusiasm, went on to become professional musicians. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Many expressed an interest in going to the church service in order to pay their personal final respects to him but it wasn't possible due to the restrictions at that time which limited attendance to 30 people.

The service was live-streamed on the Facebook page of Westerham Parish Church. https://www.facebook.com/stmaryswesterham/live and uploaded on to YouTube afterwards https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn_FG88KkngZBazrLzQrR8Q

It is still hoped that a much larger memorial service will be organised when restrictions are lifted. Although there has been one, numbers were still very limited so it wasn't possible for people to gather together in person in the church to perform, sing, or just listen to many of the musical items that could be included at the funeral.