The great French composer, Hector Berlioz, died on 8 March 1869, aged 65; so 2019 will be the sesquicentenary (150th anniversary) of his death. Berlioz 150 seeks to mark this by encouraging as many performances of as many of his works in the UK as possible during 2019 – and beyond – together with other events and activities aimed at bringing him and his music to a wider audience. Above all, we are focusing on creating opportunities for large numbers of young people to enjoy music and singing, in order to enhance the future audience for classical music.
Berlioz 150 is being developed and managed by a working group on behalf of the Berlioz Sesquicentenary Committee, which includes many of the leading Berlioz experts in the UK and overseas. Our Patron-in-Chief is David Cairns, author of the definitive two-volume biography of Berlioz, translator of his Memoirs, and recognised as the foremost authority on the composer’s life and works. The working group is chaired by Lord (Alastair) Aberdare, Chairman of the Berlioz Society.
Along with providing a calendar of all Berlioz events in the UK in 2018, 2019 & 2020 – big and small – the Berlioz 150 team is also working on a couple of very exciting projects.
Berlioz 150 is a registered charity in the UK (number 1173910). Our trustees are The Lord Aberdare DL, Sir Adam Ridley, Gerry Wade, Kathleen Duncan OBE, Nicholas Snowman OBE and Dr. Victoria Cooper.