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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The 2019 David Mynett Memorial Lecture 

The Setúbal Music Festival

by Ian RitchieThe Festival's Artistic Director

the talk and reception will be held at 

The Residence of The Portuguese Ambassador, 12 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PN 

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About Ian Ritchie

Ian Ritchie trained as a singer at the Royal College of Music and continued his studies at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar, and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.  During a musical career of more than 40 years he has directed several prominent arts organisations, including the City of London Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Opera North, St Magnus Festival (Orkney) and the City of London Festival. Ian is committed to providing opportunities for musicians of all backgrounds and abilities. Among his current charitable activities, he has helped to set up Music Action International which works creatively with refugees and asylum seekers.

In 2010 Ian was invited by the Helen Hamlyn Trust in London and the Setúbal Municipality in Portugal to set up the Setúbal Music Festival and has remained as its Artistic Director ever since. Now approaching its 9th edition in 2019 (23rd-27th May), the Festival has proved from the outset to be a unique cultural phenomenon, bringing together internationally-acclaimed guest artists with the local community - including almost 1,500 young people who are engaged each year in creative workshops and collaborative performances - in making music and enriching the cultural life of Setúbal and its surrounding area. Visitors to the Festival enjoy performances and events in several of the City's beautiful and historic buildings.

The Festival

Ian will tell us about the Festival: how it has expanded and developed over the past eight years - including the creation of the Setúbal Youth Ensemble, a pioneering model of social inclusion - and his current plans to establish a national Centre for Music, Health & Wellbeing in the city. With its local roots and international partners, this annual event promotes the careers of young musicians and composers and enables young people with special needs to play music with the assistance of modern technology. It has had a great impact upon its community as a whole and the lives of young Portuguese musicians in particular. 

The Anglo-Portuguese Society has chosen to support the Setubal Music Festival as part of its educational and charitable endeavours.

Thursday 14 March 2019

Book Launch

“A Inglesa e Marialva”
“The English lady and the Bullfighter”

(Casa das Letras, 2018)

by Clara Macedo Cabral

followed by autograph session
Supported by The Anglo-Portuguese Society

at the Residence of the Portuguese Ambassador

Tuesday 26 March 2019

80th Anniversary Dinner

at the Pestana Chelsea  Bridge Hotel

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Through the course of the next year, The Anglo-Portuguese Society will be holding an array of  events to commemorate its 80th Anniversary Year. From concerts to a gala dinner, we hope to bring our members and those interested in the alliance together. 

The photograph is of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator presented to the Society by the Portuguese in October 1987.



The Anglo-Portuguese Society is pleased to announce that the Ann Waterfall Award 2018 has been awarded to MS LOUISE ORMEROD, of Cardiff University.  

We are please to announce that with the support of Canning House, Ms Omerod will receive £1,000 and we are offering a year's membership to the Society.

The Presentation Ceremony will take place on the evening of the David Mynett Lecture, on Tuesday 29 January 2019.

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