Guess the composer

Guess the composer

BMS Member John Turner has asked if any other BMS member can identify the following excerpt from the first and last pages of a Sarabande for piano dated 1939. As you will see, the style of the music is fairly sophisticated, the writing very precise, and the piece...
Nocturne: composed during lockdown

Nocturne: composed during lockdown

British composer John Whittaker shares a film of his ‘Nocturne’ which was composed during lockdown. This is one of a set of four songs composed for soprano and piano and is accompanied by a beautiful film of the English...
New book author bites back!

New book author bites back!

Philip Hunt’s suggestion in last month’s Bite-Back that the announcement of my biography of E. J. Moeran in the April Newsletter “overlooks” Geoffrey Self’s The Music of E. J. Moeran rather misses the point of announcing the publication of a new book. If he buys and...
Letter: Alfred Ashpole

Letter: Alfred Ashpole

Dear BMS, I have been searching for contact information about copyright for Alfred Ashpole’s music.  I found an original composition for concert band and/or brass band in my library from the early 60s.  Alfred wrote the march for the band director who lived here at...
New book author bites back!

Bite-Back: About E J Moeran

The item in the April Newsletter about the welcome new biography of E J Moeran, rather overlooks I feel, the substantial volume published in 1986 (Toccata Press) by my friend, the late Geoffrey Self, The Music of E J Moeran. This book contained extensive biographical...
Elgar Symphonies CDs for sale

Elgar Symphonies CDs for sale

Andrew Youdell is offering for sale a mint copy of the original box set, still in its shrink wrap, of Sir Colin Davis’ LSO recordings of the three Elgar Symphonies live at the Barbican and first released nearly 2o years ago. Long out of print, this set has now become...