BMS AGM

BMS AGM

AGM 2021  All BMS members are welcome to join us online for our 2021 AGM which will be held via Zoom on 4 October at 10am, UK time. Please confirm your attendance in advance by emailing the secretary, Dirick von Behr at secretarybms@outlook.com    How to attend...
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...
Series unearths scores from the past

Series unearths scores from the past

The English Heritage Music Series, an initiative presented by the University of Minnesota’s Library Publishing Services, now offers free access to musical compositions previously out of reach or long out of print.  More than 160 performance scores for music by...
GODS, GHOSTS AND MONSTERS

GODS, GHOSTS AND MONSTERS

Songs by Collins, Butterworth, Warlock, Holst, Bridge Scott Robert Shaw tenorConceptus DIVINE ART DDX 21133 Australian-born Scott Robert Shaw is a former member of (among many others) the Holst Singers. His debut disc The English Tenor explored early C20th English...
GREG CAFFREY: Environments

GREG CAFFREY: Environments

Ulster OrchestraSinead Hayes ConductorCraig Ogden guitar Daniel Browell piano DIVINE ART DDX 21131 The Ulster composer Greg Caffrey is a new name to me, though I have been aware of the Hard Rain Ensemble that he founded a decade ago. Aingeal is a tribute to a loved...
NEXUS

NEXUS

Twenty compositions by seven contemporary composers Oscar Whight trumpetZeynep Özsuca piano Willowhayne Records  WHR093 It was trumpet-player Oscar Whight who, in 2020 during the pandemic, when musicians were being forced apart from one another, decided to bring...
THE PRE-RAPHAELITE CELLO

THE PRE-RAPHAELITE CELLO

Adrian Bradbury celloAndrew West piano SOMM SOMMCD 0685 It might be thought perverse to choose the shortest piece here as the defining example of the distinguished artistry epitomised within. Grainger’s Variations on Handel’s ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’, which later...
HUW WATKINS: Chamber Music and Works

HUW WATKINS: Chamber Music and Works

Leonora Piano TrioOrchestra NovaGeorge Vass conductor Resonnus RES10338 The booklet notes confidently proclaim right from the start that ‘Huw Watkins is widely recognised as the leading Welsh composer of his generation’. It is certainly true that his CV proves as...
STEPHEN DODGSON: Canticle of the Sun

STEPHEN DODGSON: Canticle of the Sun

SonoroNeil Ferris conductor SOMM SOMMCD 0686 Having recently reviewed the new publication marking the composer’s centenary, it has been a pleasure to encounter this third issue of his music from the confident and enterprising chamber choir, Sonoro. Dodgson’s scores...
PHILIP HAMMOND: Tales of the Glens

PHILIP HAMMOND: Tales of the Glens

Piano music by Philip Hammond with storytelling by Liz Weir and Colin Urwin Anthony Capparelli piano Divine Art           ddx 21125 American pianist Anthony Capparelli, now resident in Belgium, presents his own choice of piano music by the...
Private viewing of John McCabe video

Private viewing of John McCabe video

The video tribute to John McCabe, first screened at the BMS AGM in October last year, can be viewed by members only on a private online platform for three days from 18 to 20 July. Members wishing to see the video during this limited period will need to email Wendy...
RVW Premiere at music festival

RVW Premiere at music festival

The English Music Festival in May will include the World Premiere of the ‘Richard II’ Concert Fantasy by Ralph Vaughan Williams. This is the complete incidental music the composer was commissioned to write for Frank Benson’s 1912-13 production at...