Audio recording about a musician who lived in Welwyn Garden City
by WGCHT/ Matija Miljanic and James Parrett
Name: female speaker
Subject: Dorothy Hesse and the Welwyn Garden City Music Club
Interview date: c2016
A local resident talks about the charismatic music teacher Dorothy Hesse, who founded the Welwyn Garden City Music Club in 1944. Meetings took place in H. G. Wells’ house and the interviewee recalls musicians such as Alfred Brendel and Steven Bishop spending time at her house while performing in WGC. Dorothy’s sister Stephanie was also mentioned in context of bringing the Amadeus Quartet to play in the club during the war. The speaker talks fondly about her music lessons with Dorothy and her family’s involvement with the music club.