Berkeley Day

Date: Saturday 2 March 2019
Time: 13:30 - 17:10
TS Eliot Theatre & Merton College Chapel

A celebration of Lennox Berkeley's four years as an undergraduate at Merton (1922–6), and to mark the thirtieth anniversary of his death.

Organised by Reed Rubin Organist & Director of Music Benjamin Nicholas, Petroc Trelawny, the President of the Lennox Berkeley Society, and Julian Berkeley.


Time Event Venue Details
1:30pm-2:00pm Lennox Berkeley Society AGM TS Eliot Theatre Introduction by Petroc Trelawny
2:15pm-3:00pm Public Lecture TS Eliot Theatre Lady Selina Hastings, biographer of Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh and W Somerset Maugham, spoke about Lennox Berkeley and his Oxford contemporaries during the Brideshead years.
3:00pm-3:25pm Tea TS Eliot Theatre foyer  
3:30pm-4:00pm Organ Recital Merton College Chapel Lennox Berkeley Society member Iain Simcock (formerly organist of Westminster Cathedral and Director of L’Académie vocale de Paris) played Three Pieces for Organ by Berkeley; and Benjamin Nicholas, Reed Rubin Organist & Director of Music at Merton, played 'Improvisation' from Three Pieces for Organ by Berkeley's teacher, Nadia Boulanger.
4:00pm-5:10pm Choral Evensong Merton College Chapel Music by Berkeley (Canticles: Chichester Service, and Anthem: The Lord is My Shepherd), Stravinsky (Introit: Ave Maria, and Motet: Pater noster) and Matthew Martin (Responses), with a short address by Tony Scotland, author of Lennox & Freda and Flèche: Brief Encounter with Stravinsky. The Organ Voluntary was the 'Finale' from L'oiseau de feu by Stravinsky.