The NPL Music Society organises weekday lunchtime concerts and is affiliated to the NPL Sports Club.
The Society was founded in the early 1950s by a group of keen amateur musicians at NPL who wanted to perform to each other at lunchtimes. They clubbed together to buy a Steinway Model B grand piano made in 1911, and concerts were held every 2-3 weeks.
In recent years concerts have been given almost exclusively by visiting musicians. As well as providing NPL staff and visitors with high quality musical diversion in the middle of the working day, the Society also offers opportunities for (mostly) young professionals to play their programmes informally to an appreciative audience before a more prestigious occasion and for students to gain performance experience.
Concerts are held at lunchtime every week or two, and last about 50 minutes. They are open to staff working on the NPL Teddington site and visitors.
About half the concerts are for solo piano, and the remainder are for other instrumentalists, small groups and singers. The repertoire ranges from the baroque era to contemporary music. Instruments featured in the 66th (2016-17) season include piano, flute, clarinet, flugelhorn, classical guitar, violin, viola, cello, in various combinations.
Membership of the Society is open to all and runs from August to July. It currently costs £5.
Admission to concerts is £2 for members and £3 for visitors.
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