June 2021

“The Golden Age of Song’ The genius of Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin

Welcome to The Arts Society Clapham Common
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 11:00
Omnibus Theatre
1 Clapham Common Northside London SW4 0QW

Celebrating four of the greatest songwriters who ever lived




Pip Burley pays tribute to the lives, words and music of Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin, four men who defined popular music during the first half of the last century.

Lavishly accompanied with slides and videos of their lives and music –with occasional illustrations on the piano.



Mr Pip Burley

Pip Burley began his musical career playing Rock'n'Roll in the 60s and 70s as well as working with the big bands - including Sydney Lipton, Joe Loss and Ken Mackintosh. He went on to compose and record music for commercials, theatre, film and television and, in 1990, won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Television Theme music for The Darling Buds of May - a TV series he also produced (discovering Catherine Zeta-Jones in the process). Other television successes include the multi-award winning series A Touch of Frost, the most watched police series of all time, created for and starring David Jason. As a sideline he also managed to start and run an advertising agency!

Since then Pip has been lecturing widely about his career based on his book Briefest Encounters and, more recently, has devised a series of six talks entitled 'The Golden Age of Song', featuring the lives and music of six great composers of popular song, lavishly illustrated with slides, videos and occasional demonstrations on the piano. These lectures have been presented both ashore and on cruise ships.