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
Polo Piatti

Welcome to new BMS members

New BMS member Polo Piatti is an award-winning British-Argentine composer and concert pianist.

Dennis Wickens

Obituary: Dennis Wickens

It is with great regret that we have learnt of the death of composer Dennis Wickens at the age of 94.

Kaikhosru Sorabji

Kaikhosru Sorabji’s Letters to Philip Heseltine

Two extraordinary personalities, and one remarkable friendship, are reflected in the unique corpus of letters, available in a complete scholarly edition for the first time.

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.

 Latest features & reviews

HOLST: Alpha and Omega

HOLST: Alpha and Omega

… I can truthfully assert that the rest of the disc, its major part, is unalloyed joy. It includes all 17 of Holst’s carols, two of which are recorded for the first time.

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Memories of Peter Wishart

Memories of Peter Wishart

Arriving at the Guildhall School of Music early in 1961, the old building by Blackfriars Bridge, I was directed to a room upstairs, where, after knocking, the door was opened by Peter Wishart surrounded by the delicious aroma of French Disque Bleu cigarettes…

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PAUL LEWIS: Harp Scenes

PAUL LEWIS: Harp Scenes

Lewis’s music is, quite rightly, described as a ‘luscious oeuvre’ and so if you want harp music that is idiomatic, tuneful and lyrical then this disc is for you…

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