promoting, preserving and celebrating British music

The British Music Society (BMS) was founded in 1979 to promote, preserve and celebrate British music both at home and abroad. The BMS is for everyone, whether young or old, amateur or professional. The society remains to encourage and renew international enthusiasm for much British music of the last 150 years or so which is still too often undeservedly neglected. This aim is pursued through the dissemination of recordings and printed publications issued under the Society’s own imprint, and the promotion of lecture-recital series and occasional concert performances for which the Society acts as sponsor. Society recordings are produced on three labels: the BMS main label and its subsidiary BMS Historic label, both available for general sale as well as to members (the latter at discounted rates); and the secondary Environs label, normally made available only to members.

our presidents


John McCabe CBE

Vice Presidents

Dame Janet Baker CH DBE FRSA Richard Baker OBE Professor Stephen Banfield

 Jennifer Bate OBE • Michael Berkeley, Lord Berkeley of Knighton, CBE

 Malcolm Binns Arthur Butterworth MBE Sir Andrew Davis CBE

Giles Easterbrook Lewis Foreman Tasmin Little OBE 

David Lloyd-Jones Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CBE (Master of the Queen's Musick)

Peter Middleton (Founder Chairman) Sir Simon Rattle CBE Betty Roe MBE

Basil Tschaikov Raphael Wallfisch

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