Opposite: Brian reading his poems ‘Bedside’ and ‘Late Afternoon’ at the launch of his poetry collection ‘Music For Brass’, Fitzroy Tavern, London December 7th 1990. There is a longer film here of the same event with readings by Cyril Lamming and Denis Paul

Below right: Film of the Brian Waltham celebration in London on September 29 2014. Prime-mover: Janet Kitchen (UCL French & German 1964).

September 29th would have marked Brian Waltham’s 89th birthday. On this anniversary his widow, Dr Caroline Cooper (German 1964) and his friend and fellow poet John Mole, introduced a gathering of friends, former colleagues and others to his writings, assisted by the illustrator of his book covers, Elizabeth Stuart-Smith.

The celebration was held in the upstairs room of one of Fitzrovia’s most atmospheric pubs, the King and Queen, Foley Street.

The audience heard selections from Brian Waltham’s literary output: his short witty essays and four published volumes of verse: Music for Brass (Peterloo Poets, 1990); Masterclass (Peterloo Poets, 1994); The Soldier on the Pier (Peterloo Poets, 2002); The Hang of it (Line Press, 2011).

A total of over £300.00 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support on the night.

The King and Queen, a favourite haunt of former Middlesex Hospital staff and students, was the venue for Bob Dylan’s first ever gig anywhere outside the USA, in 1962.

Right: Brian’s grandson Vladimir Waltham playing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude from the Suite No. 1 in G major for solo Violoncello, BWV 1007 at a concert at St Martin-in-the-fields, London on 1 July 2022.

Brian himself was an accomplished cellist. You can read his poem on Bach on the Poetry page here