Blue plaque for Alan Rawsthorne

Blue plaque for Alan Rawsthorne

Following recent feature in BMS E-News and Printed News about musicians recognised by blue plaques, here is a picture of the Blue Plaque which was officially installed by John McCabe during the annual Rawsthorne Weekend in 1998. Monica McCabe writes, this took place...
William Lloyd writes about the George Lloyd Society

William Lloyd writes about the George Lloyd Society

The George Lloyd Society has recently published their latest occasional newsletter, with much interesting material. This includes the composer talking about his memories of Crystal Palace, (the plate-glass structure, not the football team) and the early days of...
International Malcolm Arnold Festival 2020

International Malcolm Arnold Festival 2020

Due to Covid-19 the 15th International Malcolm Arnold Festival entitled A Man of the People will be held online from 17 to 18 October 2020. As always this years festival celebrates the work of the great English composer Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921 – 2006) in three...
Welsh composer releases new album

Welsh composer releases new album

Welsh composer Lynne Plowman has released her new album The Beachcomber on the Prima Facie label. You can read Kevin Mandry’s review here.  Two works composed in 2017 form the framework of this project – A Field Guide to Pebbles (five short pieces for percussion...
English Music Festival – Autumn 2020

English Music Festival – Autumn 2020

The English Music Festival (EMF) is playing its part in restarting music-making in the UK with the Sussex Autumn Festival on 9 to 10 October. A series of four recitals will take place at St. Mary’s Church in Horsham performed by Rupert Marshall-Luck violin, Duncan...
Lynne Plowman: The Beachcomber

Lynne Plowman: The Beachcomber

PRIMA FACIE PFCD135 The Beachcomber comprises 14 short tracks, the longest being just over seven minutes. Threaded throughout are six brief pieces for two percussionists, playing a wide variety of instruments including assorted drums, bells, gongs and tuned bowls. At...
Michael Csányi-Wills: Symphony No 1

Michael Csányi-Wills: Symphony No 1

Cardiff University Symphony OrchestraMark Eager conductor  PRIMA FACIE PFCD136  The symphony opens with a sense of coiled drama, as over a throbbing pulse, sweeping strings and harp, alongside squealing winds and brass, create a phantasmagoric mood.  There are...
Songs for Sir John: A Tribute to Sir John Manduell

Songs for Sir John: A Tribute to Sir John Manduell

with Richard Baker narrator divine art dda 25210 This collection of compositions by 15 living composers is perfectly described in an introduction by Paul Hindmarsh of the Royal Northern College of Music as a ‘Garland of tributes to Sir John Manduell (1928 – 2017)....
Music for Stage & Screen

Music for Stage & Screen

Remastered Archive Recordings Various conductors Albion Records ALBCD041 These remastered recordings are taken from early recordings and film soundtracks. The music ranges from ballets Holst’s The Perfect Fool and Falla’s El Amor Brujo, through incidental...
Gregson: Piano Solo Music

Gregson: Piano Solo Music

Murray McLachlan, Rose McLachlan, Edward Gregson piano Naxos 8.574222 Edward Gregson, 75 last year, is one of those rarities among composers of his generation in that throughout his career he has not abandoned tonality or melody and still developed an international...