BMS stock take sale

BMS stock take sale

From 1 February to 31 March 2021 the following CDs can be bought online at special prices for BMS members and subscribers to the monthly BMS e-newsletter. All the CDs below have been reduced in price to £5; double and triple CDs are available for £10. These prices...
Digitising the BMS Journals

Digitising the BMS Journals

The BMS produced its first journal in 1979. Over 40 editions later we eagerly await the latest edition which is due very soon. Many of these journals are now out of print and therefore inaccessible to BMS Members and other British Music enthusiasts.  Increasing...
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...
Obituary: David Beck

Obituary: David Beck

Despite, or perhaps because of, sharing a surname with Swiss, German, American and Canadian composers, the British composer David Beck, who died on 7th July last, of oesophageal cancer, remained for much of his life in the shadows as an orchestral violinist. He was...
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH: Cello Concerto, Symphony no 5

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH: Cello Concerto, Symphony no 5

Florian Arnicans, celloLiepāja Symphony OrchestraJohn Gibbons conductor TOCCATA TOCC0600 I have known Wordsworth’s Cello Concerto from a venerable BBC broadcast without ever being quite engaged by it, so this CD première from (among others) our very own Vice Chairman...
New titles from Goodmusic

New titles from Goodmusic

Music publisher Goodmusic has announced the recent publication of around 100 new works, almost all of which are British.  Also featured are new choral works by Paul Carr.  The larger works include Four New Seasons (after Vivaldi), Into the Light (with a nod to Handel)...
VOYAGE OF A SEA-GOD

VOYAGE OF A SEA-GOD

Michael Hancock pianoCarducci String QuartetLaurence Perkins BassoonCBSOWilliam Goodchild conductor ​  HYPERION RECORDS CDA68371/2 (two discs) The programme here follows the repertory for bassoon on its interesting journey from 1900-1999. Most, but not all, are by...
Jury for youth music contest announced

Jury for youth music contest announced

In association with the British Music Society and in partnership with the Royal Academy of Music, the Amy Yuan Academy’s 4th New Talent British International Youth Music Competition has announced this year’s jury panel.  In addition to the competition, a series of...
RICHARD ADDINSELL: British Light Music

RICHARD ADDINSELL: British Light Music

Philip Martin pianoRoderick Elms pianoBBC Concert Orchestra Kenneth Alwyn conductor NAXOS 8.555229 This disc is not about the Warsaw Concerto.  It is not the about Warsaw Concerto because it is not included (although there is room) possibly because it has...
Award for baroque violinist

Award for baroque violinist

It is with great pleasure that we note that the German town of Magdeburg, birthplace of Georg Philipp Telemann, has awarded this year’s Telemann prize to Elizabeth Wallfisch, the leading baroque violinist, who is also the wife of our own President, Raphael...