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A society for all aspects of Czech and Slovak classical music

T he Dvořák Society for Czech and Slovak Music is devoted to the musical arts of all Czech and Slovak composers and performers, past and present. The Dvořák Society aims to encourage performances and promote interest in this respect. It publish articles and information about all aspects of Czech and Slovak classical musical life and holds lectures: and it gives direct financial and other support to worthy causes. > more + 

Dvořák Portrait


Bohuslav Martinů, composerJiří BělohlávekLeoš Janáček, composer
Vítězslava Kaprálová, composer, conductorLudmila Peterková, clarinettistPetr Eben, composer, organist, pianist
Erwin Schulhoff, composer, pianistGabriela Beňačková-ČápováBedřich Smetana, composer

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/ On-line resource: Antonín Dvořák and His Legacy

Lion The Dvořák Society has funded the translation from Czech into English of a website devoted to Antonín Dvořák compiled by Ondřej Šupka, giving an invaluable information source for English-speaking members and the general public

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^ Posted 20 December 2016
Listen again via the BBC iPlayer to a feature on the Radio 4 Today programme about the miraculous and extraordinary life of Czech harpsichordist and Dvořák Society Vice President, Zuzana Růžičková (first broadcast on 19th December 2016 at 8.20am), or visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-38340648 to read a short article by BBC Arts Correspondent, Rebecca Jones. Zuzana celebrates her 90th birthday on 17 January 2017.

^ Posted 20 October 2016
The Dvorak Society is back on Twitter after a short break!  David Bridges has taken over from Ray Latham and will be tweeting about all things related to Czech and Slovak music!
Twitter is a great way for us to let you know what events and concerts are coming up, and other news, and it is free!
Please follow us on Twitter @DvorakSociety

^ Posted 14 October 2016
The Dvořák Mass in D - towards a new edition
A special Dvořák Society event has been organised at rather short notice, which you are invited to attend. No reply is necessary - just turn up. Our member Haig Utidjian is visiting England briefly to lecture at Oxford, and has kindly offered to give an illustrated talk for us on The Dvořák Mass in D - towards a new edition.
Haig will describe the work he has done recently in researching, editing and performing a little known intermediate version made by Dvořák of his "Lužanská" Mass, which adds lower strings to the original organ accompaniment.
Haig Utidjian is a British conductor and musicologist of Armenian descent, who works mainly in the Czech Republic and elsewhere on the continent. His extensive activities are outlined in http://www-control.eng.cam.ac.uk/hu/hu.html, and several of his performances can be found on YouTube. The talk will be at 2.30 pm on Monday 31 October. There will be time for questions and discussion, plus a cup of tea, ending by 4.30. By kind invitation of Velehrad this will be at their splendid new premises at 39 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London SW13 9JP. The nearest underground station is Hammersmith which is served by four underground lines: District, Circle, Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City. Continue by bus 419 from the bus terminal (stop L) outside Hammersmith station on the ground floor. Bus 419 goes to Lonsdale Road and stops outside the house. The journey takes about 10 minutes. You can ask the driver to stop right outside the house, which is opposite the entrance to St. Paul´s School (at the second zebra crossing). There are many other frequent buses from Hammersmith bus terminal that cross the river (to Castelnau) and stop at the entrance to Lonsdale Road (about 3 minutes walk from the house). An alternative is to take a train from Waterloo to Barnes and then a 33 or 72 bus going to Castelnau which stops at the entrance to Lonsdale Road. A brisk walk from Hammersmith station across the river takes about 15 minutes. For those coming by car there are parking spaces in front of the Velehrad building and there is also free parking in Lonsdale Road before 10 am and after 12 noon.

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