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...
Composers project goes live online

Composers project goes live online

Composers from South Wales meet Composers from New South Wales An online concert has been launched featuring 16 song settings of Welsh texts by composers from South Wales and New South Wales. Watch the concert online now Performed by Jeremy Huw Williams...
Malcolm Arnold Centenary Concert

Malcolm Arnold Centenary Concert

Pickup Orchestra of Royal College of Music StudentsPoppy Beddoe clarinetDaniel Hogan conductor 13 NovemberSt Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Road, London While not a single one of the major London orchestras has programmed a note of Sir Malcolm Arnold’s music in this his...
Hello to new members

Hello to new members

We welcome these new members who have joined the society recently: Marjorie Cullerne, Victoria BC, CanadaChan Chak Hang, Hong KongGuanjie Hua, London              James Johnston,  Bradenton,...
Tributes to Giles Easterbrook

Tributes to Giles Easterbrook

 In Memoriam Giles Easterbrook 1949 – 2021 Andrew Burn, Chairman of the Bliss Trust, profiles and recalls his friend, BMS Vice-President, Giles Easterbrook, and three of the composers whose works he published – Stephen McNeff, Geoffrey Poole and...
Gordon Crosse: Ad Patrem

Gordon Crosse: Ad Patrem

John Turner’s obituary to Gordon Crosse who died on 21 November 2021 makes reference to his third Elergy, Ad Patrem, which was composed in 2009 in memory of his adored father. Ad Patrem is as yet unperformed and we hope that by publishing the composers own notes on...
Obituary: Gordon Crosse

Obituary: Gordon Crosse

1 December 1937 – 21 November 2021 Gordon Crosse was born in Bury, Lancashire, where his father worked for the Midland Bank, on 1st December 1937. Though plagued by illness for much of his life (see Crosse’s own notes) his father was a talented amateur pianist,...
SIR MALCOLM ARNOLD: Centenary Edition

SIR MALCOLM ARNOLD: Centenary Edition

Complete Symphonies and Dances National Symphony Orchestra of IrelandQueensland Symphony OrchestraAndrew Penny conductor Naxos: 8.506041 (6 discs) In the early nineties record companies began to invest in recordings of music by Sir Malcolm Arnold. No fewer than three...
Northern School of Music celebrates centenary

Northern School of Music celebrates centenary

The foundation of what was to become the Northern School of Music can be traced back to the far-sighted initiative of Hilda Collens in establishing the Manchester Branch of the Tobias Matthay Pianoforte School in September 1920. It grew from there, and was renamed the...
John Rutter releases new Christmas carols

John Rutter releases new Christmas carols

Composer and conductor John Rutter has recently released five new Christmas carols including a new digital recording of I Sing of a Maiden. The carols have been recorded by The Cambridge Singers and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducted by John Rutter. I...
Blue plaques in Kensington

Blue plaques in Kensington

Remember our lockdown challenge which asked readers to send us a photo and description of plaques which celebrated British composers? Well, the project is ongoing and here are two more from Kensington in London which I thought were really interesting: WS Gilbert...