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...
Concert review: Britten Sinfonia

Concert review: Britten Sinfonia

4 May 2022, Barbican Centre, London This was brilliant programming by the Britten Sinfonia, and although the concert going public did not turn out in force (the Barbican barely a quarter full), it was good to know at least some British Music Society members were in...
British music at High Barnet festival

British music at High Barnet festival

A charity concert for Ukraine, a full orchestral concert and three chamber music recitals with award-winning artists make up this year’s High Barnet Chamber Music Festival which runs from July 2 to 17. After last year’s sell-out and critically acclaimed inaugural...
PHILIP WILBY: An English Passion

PHILIP WILBY: An English Passion

An English Passion according to Saint Matthew RESONUS 10298 It just needs just two words with which to welcome this issue – it is absolutely splendid.  Philip Wilby was a violinist in the National Youth Orchestra, a pupil of Howells, and ultimately Professor of...
Festival promises a Feast of Midsummer Music

Festival promises a Feast of Midsummer Music

Gregynog Festival returns with a feast of Midsummer music in the handsome setting of Gregynog Hall near Newtown in north Powys from 25 to 26 June 2022 with many of the events having a focus on British music. Gregynog Hall near Newtown is the setting for the summer...
Delius Society celebrates 60th

Delius Society celebrates 60th

The Delius Society’s celebrates its 60th anniversary with a special concert at the Royal Academy of Music on 26 June.  Alongside recently re-discovered works by Frederick Delius, the concert will feature three new works specially commissioned by the Society from...
A Garland for Ukraine

A Garland for Ukraine

A Garland for Ukraine, a unique film tribute of music, features BMS member John Turner and has been produced with sound recordist Steve Plews of Prima Facie with video recording by Tim Walton. Ten composers, mainly British, but also including one Italian and one...
Another blue plaque

Another blue plaque

Sir Julius Benedict (1804-1885) 2 Manchester Square, London Crossing London’s majestic Manchester Square enroute to the Wallace Collection I spotted a blue plaque on No. 2 – a rather fine late 18th century house in the south east corner where lived a composer...
PROCESSIONAL: Organ Music

PROCESSIONAL: Organ Music

By Dom Sebastian Wolff Richard Lea Organist AD FONTES  AF 007           This double CD set is presented as a luxurious hard cover booklet with detailed notes on the music by organist Richard Lea. He includes 30 pieces by Dom Sebastian...
EDWARD COWIE: 24 Preludes for Piano

EDWARD COWIE: 24 Preludes for Piano

Philip Mead piano MÉTIER  MSV 28625 This CD is a re-release of the 24 Piano Preludes by Edward Cowie, first recorded by piano virtuoso Philip Mead, a specialist in contemporary piano repertoire, on the UHR label of the University of Hertfordshire in November of...
An appreciation: Sir Harrison Birtwistle

An appreciation: Sir Harrison Birtwistle

15 July 1934 – 16 April 2022 Following his death earlier this month, much has been written about the musical achievement of Sir Harrison Birtwistle. Unpalatable to some, indispensable to others, his music has dominated the new music landscape for well over fifty...