Richard Hageman Society

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PatronThomas Hampson

Director — Nico de Villiers

Honorary Member — Kathryn Kalinak

Honorary Member — Asing Walthaus

The Richard Hageman Society was established to:


• Build a community that shares in the appreciation of Richard Hageman’s music;

•   Offer a variety of resources dedicated to the life and work of Richard Hageman via the society’s growing archive;

•  Promote the performance and research of Hageman’s work and career via a number of events (books, concerts, lectures, etc)

Richard Hageman Society activities and initiatives:

December 2020 — Peter Lang Publishing publishes the first critical biography of Richard Hageman, Richard Hageman: From Holland to Hollywood by Nico de Villiers, Kathryn Kalinak and Asing Walthaus.

January - September 2019 — Nico de Villiers presents a lecture “Cinematic Influences in Hageman’s Songs” at Bristol University, Coventry University, the Royal Conservatory of Scotland, the Tblisi Third International Musicological Conference, Georgia, and the South African Society for Research in Music Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

March - April 2019 — Chanticleer, the GRAMMY-award winning San Francisco-based vocal ensemble, performed “Do Not Go, My Love,” arranged by Chanticleer countertenor Adam Ward and Nico de Villiers, across California and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

January 2019 — Opera Magazine publishes an article by Nico de Villiers on Richard Hageman’s only opera, Caponsacchi (libretto Arthur Goodrich and Rose Palmer, 1931). Read the article here.

8 October 2018 — Nico de Villiers presents a lecture of “Cinematic Influences in Hageman’s Songs” at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s ResearchWorks lecture series.

29 June 2018 — The Richard Hageman Society collaborates with Leeuwarden’s CityProms Festival to feature a work by Richard Hageman as part of the Leeuwarden’s celebration of being named 2018 European Capital of Culture. Conductor Per-Otto Johansson and the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra performed the European premiere of Overture in a Nutshell (1943), the work's first performance since its premiere by the Los Angeles Symphony orchestra, conducted by Alfred Wallenstein, in 1943.

October 2017 — To celebrate the centenary of Hageman’s most famous song, “Do Not Go, My Love” which is a setting of a poem by Rabindranath Tagore, Classical Singer Magazine publishes an article on the history of the song written by Nico de Villiers. 

Read the article here.

3 - 20 October 2017 — As part of his PhD research, Nico de Villiers undertakes a lecture recital and masterclass tour of the United States of America, with residences at four universities: Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, University of Michigan, and University of Portland. The tour was supported by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Development Fund, the Hampsong Foundation, the International Center for American Music, and the Richard Hageman Society.

2017 -  Celebrating the centenary of Richard Hageman’s most famous song, “Do Not Go, My Love,” Nico de Villiers interviewed soprano Roberta Alexander, baritone Thomas Hampson, and pianists Roger Vignoles, Christopher Glynn, and Armen Guzelimian, about their experiences of performing Hageman’s song. 

6 March 2016 — To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Hageman’s death, the Richard Hageman Society collaborated with the Leeuwarden City Council, the Leeuwarden Historical Centre and the Department of Monument Preservation in Friesland Richard Hageman Society to mount a memorial plaque outside Hageman’s birth house. After a lecture on Hageman’s life at the Historical Centre Leeuwarden, Nico de Villiers was joined by Sjoerd Feitsma, alderman for culture, to unveil the memorial plaque outside Hageman’s birth place, 35 Sent Jacobsstraat, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

11-15 November 2015 — The Richard Hageman Society collaborates with the Noordelijk Film Festival (Northern Film Festival) to present Hageman Experience, involving a series of fringe events. At this event RHS Honorary Member Kathryn Kalinak gave a keynote lecture “Hageman in Hollywood,” discussing his film music. Soprano Debora Berghuijs and Nico de Villiers performed a recital of Hageman’s songs. Asing Walthaus and Nico de Villiers presented and extended pamphlet Making the Tailcoats Fit, which is a biographical overview of Hageman’s life and a brief discussion of Hageman’s works. An exhibition of archival material from the Richard Hageman Society Archives was on show for the duration of the film festival.


1 December 2014 — Nico de Villiers performs works by Richard Hageman with soprano Marie Vassiliou and cellist Corinne Morris at the opening of the Richard Hageman Aqueduct, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.