May 2019

From Pageant to Pop: A history of music in London

Welcome to The Arts Society Royal Tunbridge Wells
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 11:00
Trinity Theatre, Church Road Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1JP

With six world-class orchestras, two opera houses and abundant events, is London the music capital of the world?

This lecture explores how London developed its wonderful traditions of public music from the 16th century to the present day; from royal court and coffee house to concert hall and rock stage. The story involves many colourful individuals, Purcell, Handel and Elgar among them, who have left their mark on the musical life of the city.  This lecture, richly illustrated with musical examples, also explores how many of our national institutions are inextricably linked to some of the greatest music.


Mr Roger Askew

Roger was a chorister at Wells Cathedral School and a choral scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated with an honours degree in English.  He combined a teaching career with professional singing in London, and after obtaining a further degree in Music became Director of Music at Daniel Stewart’s and Melville College in Edinburgh.

After retiring in 2003 he returned to the south of England.  He is President Emeritus of The Stoke Poges Society and Chairman of Windsor and Maidenhead Decorative and Fine Arts Society.