About The Society
We were founded in 1964 by a group of enthusiasts who were keen to rediscover the rich musical treasures of the Strauss family and their Viennese contemporaries. Since then the Society has grown to become a principal source of authority in promoting the music, including operetta and Viennese Balls, and has well-established professional connections. Thomas Strauss, the great-great-great-grandson of Johann Strauss the Elder, is the Society's Honorary Patron, having just taken over from his father Dr. Eduard Strauss. In 2014 we celebrated our 50th Anniversary year in London, along with members of the Strauss family.
Society Newsletter and Magazine (free online to members)
Members receive a comprehensive newsletter to keep them abreast of worldwide activities, and also an illustrated magazine Vienna Music which contains a wide range of articles, features and reviews. PDFs of the magazine and newsletter can be downloaded from the past years from this site. Printed copies can be posted. Please request a quote, or for more information, use the feedback form under the 'contact us' tab.
Members are automatically enrolled to receive e-mail notifications, and have access to the members only part of our website where far more information can be accessed and downloaded. There are links to 1000s of online video clips and unique audio recordings. An extensive CD catalogue for our members can be downloaded, as well as the book archive.
Piano and Orchestral Scores and Parts
We have one of the largest archives outside Austria, and it is always being added to. Please see the orchestral parts list under the scores tab. We also have piano scores of practically every Strauss work, plus 1000s of other works by their contemporaries. This includes piano/vocal scores of many operettas. Archive material can be made available to orchestras and individuals for hire or purchase. Please use our feedback form to enquire.
The Society regularly provides authoritative notes for concert programmes and recordings. In addition, much new research has been published, including biographies. Peter Kemp, Honorary Life President, is author of the biography The Strauss Family: Portrait of a Musical Dynasty. The original English hardback edition is available for £5 plus postage. There are also books in English on Josef Strauss, C.M.Ziehrer (currently being updated), and coming soon, Josef Gung'l. Classic FM have just issued a new book on the Strauss family, The Last Waltz, by John Suchet.
Recorded Music on CD
The Society sponsored three highly acclaimed commercial recordings of Vienna Première with Chandos, and the CD Johann Strauss and Family in London featuring the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Georgiadis. An operetta series Treasures of Operetta and other releases by the internationally acclaimed soprano Marilyn Hill Smith were also released on the Chandos label.
We cooperated with Naxos in recording the complete orchestral output of the 'Waltz King' Johann Strauss II on 52 compact discs on their Marco Polo label, completed in 1996. This was followed by the complete works of Josef Strauss in 2003, and Johann Strauss I in original instrumentation in 2013. Our Hon. Life Member Prof. Christian Pollack undertook the necessary musical research for this project and conducted many of the CD releases.
More recently we have been closely connected with more recordings by Marco Polo, Naxos and Preiser, in addition to our own joint productions with sister societies of the first ever compilation of music by Iosef Ivanovici, and our Spirit of Vienna rarity series by various composers. Our latest production has been of music by the contemporaries of the Strauss family, again on the Marco Polo label. We have also cooperated with Naxos on the production of a CD of works by Eduard Strauss to mark the centenary of his death. Our close connection with the Ziehrer Stiftung, established over many years, continues with the release of well over 20 CDs of music by Carl Michael Ziehrer. which is ongoing.
We also have a private non-commercial recording series of over 25 CDs available to our members for their personal use.
There are various musical and social events, including a social after the Annual General Meeting in March or early April, and another in Matlock every November. We are involved in the planning of both the New Year Concert at the Barbican in London, and a Grand Viennese Ball held in Oxford which alternates with a New Year Concert by the Oxford Philomusica. Events are also held in Norwich with the Imperial Vienna Orchestra, and we regularly advertise concerts, operettas, festivals and symposiums held in the UK and worldwide, and by our sister Societies (see links).
Our online members catalogue contains information on new releases and many of the CDs can be obtained at discounted prices.
Our Society has significant American and Canadian membership and we also advertise events in those countries. Working together, we are able to achieve more. We have links to most European countries, Australia and New Zealand, the Far East, and Russia. International meetings have taken place in Austria, Germany, Sweden, Japan, Slovakia, Spain, The Czech Republic and various Romanian cities. This year sees meetings in Germany and Austria.