Hilary Davan Wetton


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George Fantuel

I enjoyed your site very much.

- 20:02:22 30/12/09

Hugh Burkitt

Dear Hilary,

This is a slightly delayed fan letter to say how much I enjoyed the Christmas concert on the 3 December at St Martin-in-the-Fields when you were conducting the City of London Choir.

I thought that the music choice was excellent, it was charmingly introduced and I thought the choir were superbly well drilled.

I also very much enjoyed joining in with the hymns and carols sung by the congregation from the front row.

However, my real reason for writing is to say that we last met about 50 years ago when your father, Eric, was still alive and was great friends with my father, William Burkitt.

I was very sorry that I was not able to chat to you after the concert, but I look forward to your next choral concert and not only to listening, but perhaps having a brief nostalgic chat about life in Putney in the far off 1950's.

Kind regards,
Hugh Burkitt
Chief Executive
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Tel: 020 8973 1700 1 Park Road T

- 15:11:54 22/12/09

Graham Gaffney

We met yesterday on the train en route to London from Norfolk and put the world to rights! I'd like to thank you for a welcome distraction from what was a difficult journey for me. Val, my partner, remembers attending many of your performances in Milton Keynes which is how I know who you are.


Graham, a fellow music professional

Upwell, Norfolk - 22:45:28 04/11/09

Mary McInnis

Thank you so much for coming to Bremerton Washington to conduct the Brahms German Requiem. It has been on my bucket list for years, and I'm so glad I had a chance to do it under your direction. Having worked for Seattle Opera for a number of years (several years ago in publicity) I was able to meet many conductors. You are among the very few (one) under whose baton I experienced the sheer joy of music. My humble thanks to you.
Port Orchard WA - 22:55:06 11/5/09

The Recovery Driver

Even only having heard a very small amount it still sounded very good, wish I could have hung about to hear the rest

Penge - 21:13:18 01/4/09

robert cohen

Dear Hilary:

I am happy to announce that the world premiere of Sing with Me, my five movement work or chorus and small ensemble (3 percussion, piano & synthesizer), commissioned by the Pro Arte Chorale in honor of their 45th anniversary occurred on March 13, 2009. The text of Sing with Me was written by librettist Maria V.S. Seigenthaler after she interviewed members of Pro Arte Chorale about their lives as chorus musicians. As a result of these interviews, we developed a work that expresses the history, the value, the humor and the depth that being a choral singer bring to the life of a musician. The movements are entitled Sweet Companion (a parent singing to a child); Parlor Memories (a family singing at a party); Passion (the internal life of a baritone); Thank You (a tribute to musical influences); and As One (an ode to the chorus). The fact that the Pro Arte Chorale has been creating music for 45 years is testament to the importance of choir singing in the lives of its
usa - 15:45:17 22/3/09

Liza Grant

Dear Hilary,
I listened to Andy's Requiem the other day and thought how great it would be to sing it again. I'm now with Hertfordshire Chorus, under David Temple, and wondered what the copyright situation was with the requiem, ie would we be able to do it?
I hope you're well, I gather in Hastings now, one of my old haunts from childhood. Best wishes, Liza, nee Johnston

Hertfordshire - 08:11:37 16/3/09

Paul Drayton

Hi Hilary
Do you still have my score of The Plague and Great Fire of London (perf. Guildford)? Weren't you going to visit us and pass it over? Something must have intervened. Do get in touch!
Kind regards

Cornwall - 20:15:04 24/2/09

Martine van Eijk

Dear Hilary,
I enjoyed the choir rehearsels and concert at Dartington very very much. Thank you. We briefly talked the last day and you said you would tell me which choir in the Netherlands you have contacts with, if I'd mail you........
utrecht - 12:10:46 28/8/08

Anneliese Jarman

I agree with Iwan. You're just a fantastic conductor, you never fail to make the whole orchestra laugh and, of course, find beauty in every note.
I wish I could have made it to the performance you conducted in Guildford.
I do hope you're our guest conductor for Encore this year! Especially since we'll be performing at the BSH.
Thank you so much for everything,
Mavis on the flute.

Surrey - 20:36:07 18/6/08

annie campbell

Hello Hilary. This is a little cheeky, but I am tracking the story of my great great grandfather Henry Champion Wetton who's daughter (a singer) Jenny married Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. Champion's uncle, also a Champion, owned Wetton terrace which later became part of the Royal Holloway School of Music. I too am a singer and oboist. We were wondering if you might have a connection to the family?


swanage - 23:29:39 15/6/08

Will Dutton

Hi hilary, it's will from nco. I just wondered if you could tell me where to find good baton makers. I remember you telling me one name in london but i have forgotten! I also wanted to know what batons you use. Thank you for helping us give a great concert in birmingham and i'm looking forward to seeing you in the summer.
Best wishes,
Will Dutton.
harrogate - 12:07:40 13/4/08

Steven Pemberton

"Sir, will you come to our party?"
Hello from Amsterdam, and from a former boy in your form at St. Albans (1964), one who a couple of times dug your garden, and organised a party in the class. "Pemberton of Debenham". Website. Best wishes, Steven.

Hope this works:

Amsterdam - 10:39:28 25/3/08

Jonathan Humphreys

Dear Mr. Davan Wetton,

You recently conducted Stainer's 'Crucifixion'. My son, Thomas, sang the baritone solo. Unfortunately, I was unable to be at the concert, so I'm writing to ask you how he did.

London - 10:00:52 15/3/08

John Gelling

Hilary, your piece on Today Radio 4 Tuesday 18 02 08 - excellent.

Your D. Tel article 15 02 08 helpful for novices in English music.

I am working closely with Mark Forkgen, Director of Music @ Tonridge School to bring an established jazz improvisationist from the US West Coast to Tonbridge Shool Orchestra in Sept/Oct 2008.
Robin Lawson demonstrated his skills to Mark and the symphonic orchestra in Sept.2006.
I will raise the money to get Lawson here.The orchestra will pay for Mr Lawson's salary (3 mandays).

Can I contact you ( tel 01892 ??????? )if I have questions as I progress the programme.

On the business front I am involved with the hiring of key management for the fabrication of the 2 new UK aircraft carriers.
If I can help your sector at any time let me know.To give you an illustration of my capability: I appointed the current Chairman of Tesco PLC.
Best Wishes,
33,Chiltern Way, Tonbridge , TN9 1NQ - 18:21:01 19/2/08

Garry Humphreys

May I commend to all Hilary's admirers (and anyone else with any intelligence) his splendid piece in The Guardian today (6 November 2007).

I agree wholeheartedly with his clearsighted and forthright condemnation of the BBC's pretentious show, Classical Star, and the disservice it does to classical music and the classical music profession.

I voted with my off-switch, infinitely preferring the Inspector Morse repeats on ITV3!

Thank you, therefore!
North London - 14:25:31 06/11/07


March 15, 1997 saw me bellowing a second bass in the Brahms Requiem as a member of the Brussels Choral Society along with the GCS and what a great memory that is .... Thanks fore a further insite in choral conducting

Hatrival Belgium - 14:21:24 16/10/07

Mark Mortimer

Dear Hilary,

I am currently director of the Baroque Singers- a small chamber choir based in Tunbridge Wells. We are currently celebrating our thirtieth anniversary. I am aware that you have entered into a new choral phase with St.Barnabas Church, Tunbridge Wells. I was wondering if you might like to entertain the idea of doing a joint concert with the Baroque Singers at some stage.

I studied at Lancing College, where my tutor Andrew Pearson later became your head of strings at Tonbridge. I then went on to Royal Holloway, Guildhall and then Indiana University where I gained a Masters degree in conducting. I have since won several prizes in various international competitions.
I feel that our paths should have crossed earlier and have long been an admirer of your recording of the Planets with the LPO. I look forward to hearing from you and the possibility of a joint musical venture.


Mark Mortimer

- 10:46:24 23/5/07

duncan hutchinson

Dear Hilary
I wonder if you recall teaching English - not music! - to a boy in St Albans in the late sixties? I enjoyed those lessons and you set me on a strange path through life between arts and science (I might have become a drudging technician). Needing a second career in my 40s I returned to earlier interests and found that I could work well with professional (rock) musicians and retrained as a live sound engineer/recordist, which I've extended to music production and IT/administrator/publicist/webmaster etc. Should you wish, our developing work is on the website above.
The world of 'weddings and functions bands' is exacting in its own ways, and not as removed from the 'classical' experience as some may imagine, at any rate for the 'serious' participants.
I followed your career over the years; something the web makes much easier! Your bequest to me however was a passion to do better, and take others along too, with outspokenness but never unkind sarcasm.
newton abbot devon - 02:43:32 30/12/06

Iwan Graff 14

Hilary. Well what can i say. He is the funniest and best conductor i have ever had. Thank you so much for this years nco main orchestra. We missed you in china

Cardiff - 15:40:45 18/12/06

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