The Mill Hill Music Club was founded in 1955 by Mr Wilfred Ransom who at that time was deputy manager of Barclays Bank in Swiss Cottage. He had interviewed a Russian concert pianist who couldn’t quite manage to clear his overdraft and Wilfred, being a member of Toc H, staged a recital in the old Babtist Church Hall in Goodwin Avenue, Mill Hill, and the pianist paid off his overdraft. That was the beginning of the Mill Hill Music Club. Wilfred Ransom continued holding concerts and the club became one of the most prestigious music clubs in London, if not in the country. Wilfred remained chairman until his retirement in 1994 when Walter Felman, a local entrepreneur took over the reins until his retirement in 2007. Since then the club has been run by Frank Cornofsky.
Since 1955 concerts have been held in numerous venues including Copthall School, Mill Hill Boys’ School, North London Collegiate, Halls in Boreham Wood, Hatch End, The Arts Depot in Finchley and since 2007 The Hall in The Henrietta Barnett School where we have become happy residents with convenient access to many of our audience.
The club has been very fortunate and privileged to host concerts by many great musicians. In August 1963 the then young Vladimir Ashkenazy gave one of his first U.K. recitals when he came to London. Artur Rubenstein told his agent always to book him for “Hill Mill”. The Amadeus Quartet in their early days in their career gave many concerts.
A very young Kiri Tekanawa stepped in at short notice to replace another singer who was unwell, and Alfred Brendel has performed no less than sixteen times for Mill Hill. Radu Lupu, Jacqueline du Pre, Daniel Barenboim, Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zuckerman, Benno Moiseiwitsch have also been among the many distinguished names who have performed for the knowledgeable and appreciative audience. The Israel Piano Trio have become firm favourites and have performed for us on very many occasions as well as the renowned Jerusalem Quartet
Mill Hill Music Club strives to carry on the tradition of presenting musicians of the very highest calibre whether they are established famous names or exciting new talents. Although we are known by the name we no longer have a club membership as such. We have a very loyal following and we do offer “members” a discount on Season tickets.
We try our utmost to encourage young people to attend our concerts by urging them to take advantage of the generosity of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust who sponsor all young people under 25 thereby giving them free admission. Sadly few young people take this up.