About the British Music Society

The British Music Society was founded in 1979 and was granted charitable status (charity Number 1043838) in 1995. Promoting and preserving Britain’s musical heritage is the Society’s primary focus from 1850 onwards with emphasis on music by 20th century composers without an individual society or organisation of their own.

Over the last 40 years approximately 80 recordings have been made by the Society with many commercially originally released on the BMS’s own label and later, through Naxos.

Other initiatives have included choral and instrumental competitions, public lectures, publications, an annual British Art Song Competition in collaboration with the London Song Festival and events involving live performance.

Members stay in touch with like-minded British music enthusiasts from all over the world through our monthly e-newsletter, the BMS Journal and by attending our public events.

We always welcome new members to help support us in bringing Britain’s musical heritage alive.



Our President

Raphael Wallfisch


Raphael Wallfisch is one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage.

Our Vice Presidents


Wendy Hiscocks (Chairman)
John Gibbons (Vice Chairman)
Stephen Trowell (Treasurer)
Dr Jonathan Clinch
Karen Fletcher (Publicity Officer)  


To contact the BMS please email: enquiries-BMS@outlook.com


You can read and download our constitution here