Bringing Britain’s musical heritage alive

Founded in 1979, the British Music Society is dedicated to promoting and preserving Britain’s musical heritage with particular emphasis on 20th century composers through recordings, publications and events
G&S Opera

Gilbert & Sullivan now available online

Following the cancellation of this year’s International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Harrogate due to the pandemic, a new online streaming service – G&S Opera TV – has been launched.

Howells CD cover

Great reviews for BMS Howells CD

The excellent BMS CD of piano music by Herbert Howells and performed by Matthew Schellhorn has been receiving fantastic reviews in the music press.

Ailsa Dixon recording project

With so many concerts on hold, it is good to hear of recording projects around the country including two new song recordings released online by soprano Lucinda Cox.

Robert Stove

Welcome to new members

Australia’s Robert James Stove is currently in the final stages of his PhD candidature at the Sydney Conservatorium; his thesis is on the subject of Stanford’s organ music.

Roderick Williams

Meet our new Vice President

Roderick Williams is one of the most sought after baritones of his generation – and has become a Vice President of the British Music Society.

 Latest features & reviews



This excellent series of VW symphonies continues. Mr Brabbins and his forces have reached number 5 so there are 4 more to go and they are eagerly awaited. He is ‘Mr Reliable’. Like previous issues, his music-making is deeply considered, and paced and shaped with certainty, with the result being a very satisfying experience.

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TAVENER: No Longer Mourn for Me

TAVENER: No Longer Mourn for Me

… taken from Tavener’s set of Three Shakespeare Sonnets, originally composed for the South Iceland Chamber Choir is No Longer Mourn for Me. Although by far the shortest work, it gives its name to the whole CD. It sounds absolutely delicious in this version for eight cellos by Steven Isserlis.

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Glasgow Bells: Organ Music by Alan Gibb & Friends

Glasgow Bells: Organ Music by Alan Gibb & Friends

The first three works are unusual since they use different instruments along with the organ. The first of these gives its title to the CD as a whole. It is Glasgow Bells.

Based on an earlier composition by Gibbs, Glasgow Toccata, it brings together master organist Kevin Bowyer famed for his prowess with ‘very difficult music’, and celebrated percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.

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