Musicians for Peace and Disarmament

PRESIDENT John Williams PATRONS Frankie Armstrong * Steuart Bedford * Michael Berkeley * Wissam Boustany * Martyn Brabbins * Billy Bragg * Phil Collins * Sir Mark Elder * Bryan Ferry * Jane Glover CBE * Lynn Harrell * Dame Emma Kirkby * Dame Cleo Laine * Ralph McTell * Colin Matthews * Riccardo Muti * Jessye Norman * Michael Nyman * Mary O'Hara * Sir Simon Rattle * Peggy Seeger * Roger Vignoles * Judith Weir CBE

Since it was formed in 1983, MPD (formerly Musicians Against Nuclear Arms) has donated over £65,000 to organisations within the peace movement. Many leading conductors, soloists, orchestral players and chamber musicians have taken part in our fund-raising concerts, with everyone giving their services. At most events a speaker is invited to give a short address. As well as our musical activities, we produce a quarterly newsletter. MPD's President is the distinguished guitarist John Williams, and a number of well-known figures from all branches of music feature in the list of Patrons. MPD is affiliated to CND and The Network for Peace. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in music and a desire to further the cause of peace.

If you would like to join, or to be kept informed of MPD events, please contact:
Twitter: @MPD_Concerts

For further information, please write to:
Tony Lamb (MPD Chairman)
37 Bolton Gardens
TW11 9AX

Future Concerts in 2018

Sunday 15th July, 2:30pm at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, 3 Pilgrims Place, London, NW3 1NG

A recital by RIYAD NICOLAS (piano)

Concert Postponed | This concert has been postponed due to an unexpected absence of the Steinway grand piano at the venue. The new date/venue to be announced. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to seeing you in the next MPD concert.

If you have already booked tickets online, a full refund will be issued automatically via WeGotTickets (WGT) in the next few days and it will take 5-7 working days for the funds to be available for use.

‘Riyad is very talented and he has a very high level of musical sensitivity.’ –Maestro Daniel Barenboim
‘Syria's leading young pianist...’ –International Piano

Riyad has been promoting peace and raising awareness for the plights of the Syrian people and performing for many organisations such as the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the International Rescue Committee, the Arab British Centre, Said and Asfari Foundation. All proceeds from this concert will go to the UNHCR.
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Scarlatti Sonata in F minor, K.466
Beethoven Sonata No.13, in E flat, Op.27 No.1
Ravel Gaspard de la nuit
Schumann Fantasiestücke, Op.12
Ligeti Etude No.4, Fanfares
Paganini-Liszt Etude No.6

Interval Speaker: Catherine West, MP for Hornsey & Wood Green

Past Concerts


Thursday 22 February, 7:30 at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, 3 Pilgrims Place, London, NW3 1NG (entrance on Rosslyn Hill)

A recital by Emma Kirkby DBE & members of Dowland Works with

works by John Dowland, Henry Purcell, John Wilson, and the brothers William & Henry Lawes
Interval Speaker: Martin Bell OBE, journalist


Friday 30th June, 7pm at Hinde Street Methodist Church

A recital by MPD Patron WISSAM BOUSTANY (flute) & ALEKSANDER SZRAM (piano)

Johann Nepomuk Hummel Sonata for flute & piano
Wissam Boustany Broken Child, for flute & piano
York Bowen Sonata for flute & piano, Op.120
Douglas Finch The Enchanted Mesa, for piano
Cesar Franck Sonata in A major, arr. for flute & piano

Interval Speaker: BRUCE KENT, Vice-President, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Pax Christi & Movement for the Abolition of War.

Friday 6th October, 7pm at Hinde Street Methodist Church, 19 Thayer Street, London, W1U 2QJ

A recital by NICKY SPENCE (tenor) & MPD Patron ROGER VIGNOLES (piano)

Franz Schubert Songs from Schwanengesang, D.957
Benjamin Britten Who Are These Children?, Op.84
Kurt Weill Four Walt Whitman songs
Richard Strauss Six Songs for Voice and Piano

Interval Speaker: Wendy Horler, Campaign Against Arms Trade.

Friday 24th November, 7:30 at St. James's Church, Piccadilly

A Chamber Orchestra concert conducted by MPD Patron JANE GLOVER CBE with

Bach Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 42
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in Eb, K.364 for violin, viola, and orchestra
  • Levon Chilingirian (violin)
  • Susie Meszaros (viola)
Handel Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op.6 No.4
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in Eb, K.297b for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, and orchestra
  • Chris O'Neal (oboe)
  • Tony Lamb (clarinet)
  • Graham Sheen (bassoon)
  • Michael Thompson (horn)

Interval Speaker: Jean Lambert, London Region Green MEP