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...
Welcome to new Society members

Welcome to new Society members

We have welcomed new members from across the world who have joined the Society in recent weeks. New members include: Mark Jacques (Perth)                       Harry Kneeshaw (London)    ...
Obituary: Steuart Bedford

Obituary: Steuart Bedford

1939–2021  Conductor Steuart Bedford had died at the age of 81. He was best known as Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival from 1974 to 1988 and gave the world premiere of Death in Venice, as well as making its first recording, and was in demand as a conductor...
Music initiative goes live

Music initiative goes live

Humans of Classical Music Video Series, a new initiative from Alternative Classical, sees musicians, actors, comedians and podcasters from around the world recommend their favourite piece of classical music in a series of one minute videos.  A new video goes live...
SIR WILLIAM WALTON: Chamber Music

SIR WILLIAM WALTON: Chamber Music

Matthew Jones violinSarah-Jane Bradley violaTim Lowe celloAnnabel Thwaite piano Naxos 8.573892 Walton shows flashes of astonishing genius in this composition of his punchy four-movement Piano Quartet written in 1919 at the tender age of just 16. It is a juvenile gem...
This Curious Harp

This Curious Harp

20th century British music for solo harp Eleanor Hudson Harp Mike Purton Recordings  MPR110 Writing for the harp needs study and sometimes guidance from a willing player, as I know from my own experience. After a while you suddenly get the knack but it’s...
Obituary: Ross Winters

Obituary: Ross Winters

We regret to announce the death of Ross Winters at the age of 69. As Professor of Recorder at Royal College of Music, he inspired a whole new generation of recorder players, many of whom can be heard on the CD English Record Music: The Dolmetsch Legacy which includes...
Obituary: Eric Wetherell

Obituary: Eric Wetherell

30 December 1925 – 31 January 2021 BMS member Eric Wetherell has died aged 95. In the words of his daughter: ‘He was a remarkable all-round musician, a fine composer, well respected conductor, as well as a dearly loved husband, father and grandfather.’ Wetherell...
Thurston Dart anniversaries

Thurston Dart anniversaries

Saturday 6 March marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Thurston Dart and 3 September will be the centenary of his birth. A distinguished musicologist and performer, Thurston Dart did much to revive interest in early English keyboard music in the 1950s and...
Robert Simpson centenary offer

Robert Simpson centenary offer

Andrew Youdell has a seven CD box set in mint condition available for sale of the Hyperion recordings of the complete symphonies of Robert Simpson. These were recorded mainly with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vernon Handley. This set is now deleted...
DAME ETHEL SMYTH: The Prison

DAME ETHEL SMYTH: The Prison

Experiential Orchestra and ChorusJames Blachly conductorSarah Brailey sopranoDashon Burton bass-baritone CHANDOS CHSA5279 The Prison (1929 -30), Dame Ethel Smyth’s only symphony and her last major work, is not really a symphony in any conventional sense. It was...