About Us


Many of us have been devotees of classical music lectures given by MATTHEW TAYLOR in the Recital Room of Blackheath Concert Halls on Mondays during term time. Matthew has been the composer in residence at the Halls and is a prolific pianist and a fine conductor. His lectures take the form of anecdotal history and musical illustration. He demonstrates at the piano reproducing whole scores and then we listen to the CD.

Each term is devoted to a subject.  It may be devoted to one composer or a group of composers. Some series have been built around particular types of work such as Beethoven symphonies and more recently Mozart concertos  –  Sometimes a series is built round a particular period such as British Music 1920-1940


These lectures are devised so that one doesn’t need technical knowledge whilst at the same time the experienced aficionado always finds something new to learn.

Lectures are from 10 am to midday on a Monday with an interval. It is a place where friendships can be made. We have retired people and those still at work. The lectures make Mondays something to look forward to. For parents who have dropped off their children they are a welcome break.


If you are not quite certain that this is for you, then you can dip your toe in the water first of all by coming free of charge to a taster. For those who cannot manage to come for the whole term we can usually make a special arrangement. Fees are normally paid on the first day of term.

Can I attend individual lectures?   Yes.  The lectures are designed as a course for which there is a course fee.  If you know in advance that you cannot manage all the lectures we can make suitable arrangements to agree a reduced fee.


Matthew started this class over 20 years ago as an ILEA music appreciation class.  This class is unique in our being blessed with such a talented musician and performer who has a devoted following.  Such is our enthusiasm and esteem that the class clubbed together to commission for Matthew’s 50th birthday a flute concerto for performance in December 2014

In January 2016 we revisited the life and works of Mahler.  Another of our honorary members is the composer David Matthews who was an assistant composer for the Derryk Cooke performing version of Mahler’s tenth symphony.  David brought along some facsimile pages of the score and also gave a lecture on Mahler’s choral and vocal works.

Each term Matthew looks to invite some players to get together with us.

Some of our events have taken place at Charlton House, a fine Jacobean manor in Charlton where Matthew has given Christmas lectures.  During rebuilding works at Blackheath Halls we have removed to Charlton and our lectures planned after Easter 2018 and Autumn term will take place there

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