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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:

March - April 2023 — VOICEPrints, the journal of the New York Singing Teachers’ Association publishes an article by Nico de Villiers entitled “Sounding Out A Poet In Disguise: Richard Hageman’s Five Robert Nathan Songs.” Read the article here.

22 February 2023 — Nico de Villiers presents a lecture entitled "Echoing Voices: The Influences on Richard Hageman as a Song Composer” as part of the Sir John Manduell Research Forum series at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.

22 January 2023 — Soprano Siobhan Stagg and pianist Nico de Villiers launch Voices: Songs by Richard Hageman (Aliud Records). As a part of the launch, they performed in the Spiegelzaal at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw for a live broadcast during Hans van den Boom's Sunday Morning Concert pre-concert recital followed by a launch recital at debieb in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

October 2022 — Soprano Siobhan Stagg and pianist Nico de Villiers release Voices: Songs by Richard Hageman on the Aliud Records label. This album is the first to be dedicated solely to the songs of Richard Hageman.


October 2022 — Nico de Villiers presents a virtual lecture entitled "Poetic Bookends in Song: Richard Hageman’s Settings of Poems by Rabindranath Tagore and Robert Nathan" at the CollabFest Conference, hosted by the International Collaborative Keyboard Arts Society based at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. The presentation included discussions of Hageman’s earliest and latest songs.

March 2022 — VOICEPrints, the journal of the New York Singing Teachers’ Association publishes an article by Nico de Villiers entitled “Singing the Songs of Rabindranath Tagore: Richard Hageman’s Settings from The Gardener.” Read the article here.

September 2021 — Nico de Villiers presents a virtual lecture entitled "The Collaborative Researcher" at a one-day conference hosted by Lee University School of Music, Cleveland, Tennessee, USA. The lecture focused on the collaborative process of co-authoring a composer’s biography, using excerpts from Richard Hageman: From Holland to Hollywood as interactive case studies.

March 2021 — Virtual book launch: Richard Hageman: From Holland to Hollywood 

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.


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