MPD puts on a wide variety of concerts, in a variety of different venues. They have one feature in common: all the musicians taking part give their services to raise funds for the peace movement. Like every other organisation, MPD has suffered serious disruption to its activities, caused by the pandemic. In normal times, we aim to present several concerts a year, including an orchestral event at St James's Piccadilly; although it has not been possible to perform with a live audience, we are determined to continue our work, and since September 2020 we have arranged a number of online concerts, offering a wide range of music. We hope it will not be too long before the situation allows us to welcome listeners in person again.

Upcoming Concerts

Thursday 5th August, 2021, 8pm

Live at The Railway Inn, 2 Station Road, Portslade (BN41 1GA) and live streamed via Zoom

Railway Roots Benefit Gig for MPD

Railway Roots presents a benefit gig for Musicians For Peace & Disarmament featuring Frankie Armstrong, Mike Reinstein plus others.

In person £10 or Watch via Zoom £8


For any enquiries, please use the contact form on the booking page linked above.

Past Concerts

Friday 25th June, 2021

Free Online Event

Songs and Sounds from Wales

CND Cymru and MPD present a glorious range of styles from the "land of song". >With performances by BRAGOD (Bob Evans & Mary-Anne Roberts), Stacey Blythe, Michael Harvey & Pauline Down, Bread and Roses (Frankie Armstrong, Laura Bradshaw, Pauline Down), and the Oasis Choir.

View/Download the poster in English
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Monday 7th June, 2021, 7.30pm

Free Online Event

A piano recital by Luka Okros

We are delighted to present the outstanding young Georgian pianist Luka Okros, who has been praised by The Observer for his 'impressive display of virtuosic pianism'. This was pre-recorded in Luka's home in London during the last lockdown. A beautiful programme including music by Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff, as well as an original composition by Okros himself.

Thursday 25th February, 2021

Free Online Event

An Evening of Folk Music II

Original and traditional songs performed by world-class, award-winning folk singers - Frankie Armstrong (MPD Patron), Robb Johnson, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan duo, and Sam Lee.

Friday 22nd January, 2021

Free Online Event

Music to celebrate the UN's Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)

With performances recorded by MPD Patrons Wissam Boustany, Julian Jacobson (with Mariko Brown), Roger Vignoles (with James Gilchrist and Guy Elliot) and Peggy Seeger, as well as Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, Joy Lisney and the Primrose Piano Quartet.

They will be joined by guest speaker Dr. Tilman Ruff, Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, and Co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. He was Co-founder and founding Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in Australia and internationally.

Programme Notes

Wednesday 7th October, 2020

Free Online Event

A Recital for Peace James Gilchrist (tenor) & MPD Patron Roger Vignoles (piano)

Mozart Abendempfindung K.523
Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte Op.98
Dove from Under Alter'd Skies
Fair Ship
With weary steps
Be near me
Thy voice is on the rolling air
Finzi Farewell to Arms
Gurney In Flanders
Orpheus with his lute

Thursday 3rd September, 2020

Free Online Event

An Evening of Folk Music

MPD's first ever Folk Music concert: original and traditional songs performed by world-class, award-winning artists - Frankie Armstrong (MPD Patron), Robb Johnson, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan duo, and Sam Lee.

Friday 7th August, 2020

Free Online Event

Music in memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – CND with Musicians for Peace and Disarmament

With performances from Susanne Stanzeleit, Roger Vignoles and Guy Elliott, Julian Jacobson, Wissam Boustany, Frankie Armstrong. Hosted by CND General Secretary Kate Hudson, with special guest Bruce Kent.

Friday 12th July, 2019

Hinde Street Methodist Church Marylebone

Piano Recital Viv McLean

Beethoven Sonata in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2, "Moonlight"
Chopin Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor and other works
Ravel Sonatine
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

Thursday 25th April, 2019

St. James's Church Piccadilly

A Chamber Orchestra concert conducted by MPD Patron Jane Glover CBE

Mozart Serenade in B flat (Gran Partita), K.361
Mozart Divertimento in D, K.136
Mozart Symphony No.35, in D, K.385 (Haffner)

Interval Speaker: Bruce Kent Vice President, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Thursday 11th October, 2018

St Philip's Church Earl's Court

A song recital by Louise Alder (soprano) & MPD Patron Roger Vignoles (piano)

Schumann Mignon-Lieder, Op.98
songs by Fauré, Bizet and Liszt
R. Strauss Drei Lieder der Ophelia, Op.67 and other songs
Britten On This Island, Op.11

Interval Speaker: Nicole Treanor UK WILPF (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom)

Thursday 22 February, 2018

Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel Hampstead

A recital by MPD Patron 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 24 November, 2017

St. James's Church Piccadilly

A Chamber Orchestra concert conducted by MPD Patron Jane Glover CBE

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

Friday 6th October, 2017

Hinde Street Methodist Church Marylebone

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 30 June, 2017

Hinde Street Methodist Church Marylebone

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

Thursday 2 March, 2017

Hinde Street Methodist Church Marylebone

Spring Concert for Peace

Susanne Stanzeleit (violin)
Celia Waterhouse (violin)
Dorothea Vogel (viola)
Vanessa Lucas-Smith (cello)
Timothy Mason (double bass)
Tony Lamb (clarinet)
Graham Sheen (bassoon)
Susan Dent (horn)
Carl Nielson Serenata. Invano
Haydn String Quartet in C major, Op.54 No.2
Schubert Octet in F major, D.803

Saturday 16 April, 2016

St John's Church Waterloo

A recital by MPD Patron Julian Jacobson (piano)

Beethoven Sonata in E, Op.109
Beethoven Sonata in A flat, Op.110
Beethoven Sonata in C minor, Op.111

Wednesday 2 December, 2016

St. James's Church Piccadilly

A Chamber Orchestra concert conducted by Howard Williams with Joy Lisney (cello)

Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Haydn Cello Concerto No.2 in D major
Schubert Symphony No.3 in D major

For information about previous concerts please contact info.mpdconcerts@gmail.com.