BMS members are offered a discount of up to 30% on two new books from Yale University Press.

British pianist and writer Susan Tomes is renowned both as a soloist and as the pianist of Domus and the Florestan Trio. 

Her new book The Piano: A History in 100 Pieces charts the development of the instrument from the late eighteenth century to the present day, on a personal journey through 100 pieces including solo works, chamber music, concertos, and jazz.

Susan’s choices feature several British composers including John Field, Billy Mayerl and Judith Weir; she has also created a playlist to celebrate the publication of this book. 

To get a 25% discount, please enter PIANO when prompted at checkout – you can buy the book here.  

Also new from the Yale stable is an interesting new book by Sir Nicholas Kenyon – former Managing Director at London’s Barbican Centre and former Director of the BBC Proms and Controller of BBC Radio 3. 

The Life of Music: New Adventures in the Western Classical Tradition explores classical music from around the world with an influence and backdrop of the history of classical British music.

The book begins with Myra Hess’s performances in London during the Blitz.

To read the first chapter and listen to the sample playlist of 100 works created by the author, please visit

£2 from the sale of each book in the UK will go to the charity Help Musicians, an independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement.

Find out more about the charity at

“Nicholas Kenyon is an amiable and enthusiastic guide to a thousand years of classical music.” Neil Fisher, The Times

To get a 30% discount, please enter YKEN when prompted at checkout – you can buy the book here.  

Both discount codes are valid until 31 December 2021.