Help needed with BBC archive recordings

Help needed with BBC archive recordings

Can you help with information about a potentially fascinating collection of around 12 BBC live archive recordings made in 1942-3 featuring British Piano Music? According to the labels these include recordings of John Ireland’s Ragamuffin and Towing Path by performers...
Christmas music

Christmas music

In addition to the CDs reviews this month, the BMS has also received information about the following Christmas themed CDs which members might also enjoy. For further details including playlists please insert CD number and title into a search engine: O Magnum Mysterium...
HOLST: Alpha and Omega

HOLST: Alpha and Omega

Godwine ChoirAlex Davan Wetton and Edward Hughes conductorsSoloists and instrumentalists EM RECORDS EMR CD 062 Alpha and Omega indeed – this mostly hugely welcome issue includes some of Holst’s earliest works and his last one.  I say ‘mostly’ because the early...
Welcome to new BMS members

Welcome to new BMS members

New BMS member Polo Piatti is an award-winning British-Argentine composer and concert pianist, and one of the very few high profile international musicians concentrating exclusively on the creation, performance, and promotion of melodic,...
Tribute: Eric Parkin

Tribute: Eric Parkin

I learned of Eric Parkin’s death on Friday 16 October, when I received an email from someone who had bought some of his sheet music in the Reading Oxfam Music shop, writes J. Martin Stafford. The music contained a letter from me to Eric written in April 1999. My email...
Obituary: Dennis Wickens

Obituary: Dennis Wickens

It is with great regret that we have learnt of the death of composer Dennis Wickens at the age of 94. It was not until he was teaching at the Royal Grammar School in Worcester when in his 40s, that he started composing in earnest. Later he became music advisor for...
Memories of Peter Wishart

Memories of Peter Wishart

Peter Wishart (1921 – 1984), a memoir by Richard Carder Arriving at the Guildhall School of Music early in 1961, the old building by Blackfriars Bridge, I was directed to a room upstairs, where, after knocking, the door was opened by Peter Wishart surrounded by...
Music items for sale

Music items for sale

Former member of the Society, Hilary Swift, has the following BMS and British music related items for sale for a small contribution.  BMS Journals: Volumes 6 – 13 (1984 – 1991), all in good condition. View the contents here. Gustav Holst: biography by...
The Rutland Boughton Music Trust

The Rutland Boughton Music Trust

The Rutland Boughton Music Trust is building a new website. Although still work in progress it does include a complete work list with sources for Rutland Boughton’s music and a discography. BMS CD 431 Songs of Rutland Boughton is still available to members at just £5...
The Drowning Shore

The Drowning Shore

From the glass panes of screens to border-seas, to the seal of our own bodies – how do we transcend the divisions by which we define ourselves? A new cantata in Scots and Yiddish explores the physical realities of language in our increasingly virtual...