Diversity and the British string quartet

Diversity and the British string quartet

Over three days in June composers, performers, students, and academics explored issues of diversity in British classical music through the case study of the string quartet. The Villiers Quartet In this project, the Villiers Quartet and Torch: The Oxford Research...
An appreciation of Honor Sheppard

An appreciation of Honor Sheppard

The distinguished soprano Honor Sheppard died in her home village of Bowdon, Cheshire, at the age of 89 on 29th May 2021. She was born on 23rd December 1931, one of two children, in Horsforth, near Leeds, but she was very proud of her Cornish heritage via her mother’s...
Contest seeks young musical talent

Contest seeks young musical talent

Entries are now open for the New Talent British International Youth Music Competition 2021. Amy Yuan’s AY Academy has been running the annual competition in association with British Music Society since 2018 and based on last year’s successful experience and in...
BMS pick of the Proms

BMS pick of the Proms

The Proms, at last, are back with us, albeit shorn of their first two weeks. We now have a six week season commencing on 30 July. The programme looks quite different to the more traditional seasons of the past. No choral music (choirs not permitted!), and in any case...
Joseph Horovitz celebrates 95th birthday

Joseph Horovitz celebrates 95th birthday

Members of the BMS will surely wish to congratulate composer Joseph Horovitz on celebrating his 95th birthday on 26 May. Joseph’s contribution to the British music scene dates from the war years and he has contributed to many diverse forms of composition over...
Howells’s piano music at festival

Howells’s piano music at festival

With many live events now being tentatively scheduled as we cautiously emerge from lockdown, one of the highlights promises to be the Three Choirs Festival this year being staged in Worcester 24 July – 1 August. One of the events will be a morning recital on 30...