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British Art Song Competition (BASC) 2017

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Other Concerts and Events


In this section, members may submit infomation about British music events around the UK and beyond. We very much hope this will be a source of inspiration!


Please note that whilst every effort is made to check the details which are posted here, they are provided by a third party. You should always check programmes, venues and dates before travelling to these events.

Wednesday 24th May 2017 at 7.15pm

The Villiers Quartet will perform extracts from Frederick Delius's Quartet
on the occasion of the launch of their new recording of Delius and Elgar Quartets on the Naxos label (currently No.3 in the Classical Chart.)
Professor Daniel Grimley will speak about the original version of 'Late Swallows'.
Members of the British Music Society are welcome to attend this event. Please confirm your attendance by contacting the Publicity Officer Karen Fletcher at
Venue: The David Lloyd George Room, The National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2HE
Nearest Tube: Embankment, or Waterloo mainline.
New members of the Delius Society are particularly welcome!  Visit our membership page to view the benefits:

26th-29th May 2017

The 11th English Music Festival (EMF)

(please check website for any subsequent changes.)

Mini-bus transfer available from Didcot Parkway and between venues.

Includes launch of the new Holst Society - see website for associated composer-related talks. The Fidelio Trio feature on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' on Tuesday 23rd May. Full programme follows:


EMF Friday 26th May, 7.30pm

Dorchester Abbey 

Vaughan Williams: Henry V Overture (orchestral version)

Delius: In a Summer Garden (original version) World Premiere Performance

Vaughan Williams: EFDS Folk Song March World Premiere Performance

Holst: The Mystic Trumpeter

Stanford: Concert Overture World Premiere Performance

Montague Phillips: Symphony in C minor World Premiere Performance

BBC Concert Orchestra

Martin Yates (conductor)

Illona Domnich (soprano) 


EMF Saturday 27th May, 10.45am

Dorchester Abbey 

Stanford: Te Deum in C

Bairstow: Save us, O Lord

Stanford: Pray that Jerusalem

Walford Davies: Prelude on Jesu Dulcis Memoria

Parry: Long since in Israel’s plenteous Land

Bainton: And I saw a new Heaven

Tallis: O Nata Lux

Britten: Jubilate in C

Milford: Chorale Prelude on Rockingham

Elgar: O Salutaris Hostia

Elgar: Ave Verum

Warlock: Bethlehem Down

Howells: O mortal Man

Vaughan Williams: The Call

Vaughan Williams: Antiphon       

Worcester College Chapel Choristers    


EMF 2.15pm

Silk Hall, Radley College 

Moeran: Piano Trio in D major

Williams: Piano Trio

Harty: Two Fantasiestücke

Stanford: Piano Trio no.3 in A major, op.158     

Fidelio Trio  


EMF 7.00pm

Dorchester Abbey   

Dyson: Three Songs of Praise

MacFarren: Orpheus with his Lute

MacFarren: Blow, blow, thou winter Wind

Hawkins: Four Carols

Holst: Toccata

Holst: Nunc Dimittis

Brian: It was a Lover and his Lass

Brian: The Dream

Finzi: Lo, the full, final Sacrifice

Holst: Hymns from the Rig Veda (third group)

Brian: Sweet Solitude

Holst: Hymn to Agni

Holst: Hymn to Soma

Bliss: Toccata

Gardner: O clap your Hands

Tippett: Five Spirituals       

Godwine Choir

Hilary Davan Wetton (conductor)


EMF 9.30pm

Dorchester Abbey 

Purcell: Suite

Dowland: Lachrimae antiquae pavan

Dowland: Lachrimae antiquae novae

Philips: Pauana Dolorosa Tregian

Johnson: The flat pavin

Johnson: Greensleeves

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves

Maxwell Davies: Three Sumday Pieces

Phibbs: Serenade  World Premiere

Dodgson: Promenade 1    

Duo Guitartes          


EMF Sunday 28th May, 10.30am

Dorchester Abbey 

EMF Abbey Service            FREE


EMF 2.15pm

Silk Hall, Radley College 

Finzi: To a Poet

Young: Lie still: three songs for bass-baritone and piano

Howells: Five songs for low voice and piano

Vaughan Williams: The House of Life    

Chris Foster (bass-baritone)         


EMF 7.00pm

Dorchester Abbey 

Vaughan Williams: Dives and Lazarus

Britten: Simple Symphony

Bridge: Nocturne from Suite for Strings (vocal version)

Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music

Carr: Requiem for an Angel          

Bath Camerata

Bristol Ensemble      


EMF 9.30pm

Dorchester Abbey 

The British Popular Song: 1900–1960   

New Foxtrot Serenaders     


EMF Monday 29th May 10.45am

Dorchester Abbey 

Delius: Summer Eve

Delius: Twilight Fancies

Delius: Young Venevil

Delius: Longing

Britten: A Charm of Lullabies, op.41

Bliss: from Seven American Poems: Gone, gone again is summer; Fair Annet’s Song; Siege

Head: Three Songs of Venice: The Gondolier; St Mark’s Square; Rain storm

Boughton: Symbol Songs: Mother May; Honeysuckle; Blue in the Woods; Fierce Love Song; The New Madonna

Dring: from Seven Shakespeare Songs: It was a Lover and his Lass; Take, o take those Lips away; Crabbed age and youth; Blow, blow, thou winter Wind           Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano)

Emma Abbate (piano)       


EMF 2.15pm

All Saints’ Church, Sutton Courtenay 

Warlock: The Full Heart

Delius: On Craig Ddu

Ireland: The peaceful western Wind

Delius: Frülingsanbruch

Moeran: Songs of Springtime

Delius: To be sung of a summer night on the water

Warlock (arr. Tomlinson): Three Belloc Songs

Bax: Five Greek Folksongs

Ireland: They told me, Heraclitus

Ireland: Twilight Night        

Carice Singers        


EMF 7.00pm

Dorchester Abbey 

Purcell: The Fairy Queen Suite I

Walton: Two Pieces from Henry V

Finzi: Let us Garlands bring

Purcell: The Fairy Queen Suite II

Elgar: Sospiri

Vaughan Williams: Dives and Lazarus  

Orchestra of the Swan

David Curtis (conductor)

David Pike (baritone)       

Saturday 27th May 2017 at 6.30pm  

Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Knaresborough 
A Summer Evening of English Piano Music
6.30pm Prosecco and canapé reception (in the hub)
7.00pm Pre-concert talk
7.30pm Recital including works by Ireland (Sarnia),

Bliss, William Baines and Ian Venables (Caprice).

Mark Bebbington, piano

Supported by the John Ireland Charitable Trust

This is a fundraising event for Harrogate International Festivals Future 50 Appeal

Gregynog Festival 2017: Pageantry

16 June – 2 July 2017

Saturday 16 June 2017 at 2.30pm
Drwm, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Curating Pageantry, an illustrated talk by Gregynog Festival’s Artistic Director about the Harlech composers and the town’s Musical Festivals and Pageants that have inspired this season’s programming.
Rhian Davies, speaker

Saturday 16 June 2017 at 4.30pm
Council Chamber, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Lecture-recital about the Robert ap Huw manuscript, c.1613
Paul Dooley, harp

Saturday 16 June 2017 at 7.30pm
Council Chamber, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Dowland, Preludium; Fortune; A fancy;
Semper Dowland, semper dolens;
Miss Winter’s jump; A dream; 
The King of Denmark’s galliard; 
Melancholy galliard; La mia Barbara;  
Round battle galliard; Farewell; 
Come away; Lachrimae; Frog galliard
Bach, Suite in G minor for lute, BWV 1011
Bach Chaconne (Partita No. 2 in D minor for violin, 
BWV 1004)
Thomas Dunford, lute

Saturday 17 June 2017 at 2.30pm
The Music Room, Gregynog, Newtown, Powys, SY16 3PW
Arnold Dolmetsch’s granddaughter reflects on her 
grandfather’s pioneering contribution to the early music 
Jeanne Dolmetsch, speaker

Saturday 17 June 2017 at 7.30pm
The Music Room, Gregynog, Newtown, Powys
Bach, Sonata in G minor, BWV 1034
Jacob van Eyck, 2 Variations from Der Flyuten Lusthof 
Handel, Sonata in F major 
Bach, Sonata in B minor 
Anonymous, Greensleeves to a Ground 
Corelli, Sonata in C major, Op. 5, No. 9
John Blow, Chaconne Fa Ut for harpsichord
Vivaldi, Sonata in G minor from Il Pastor Fido 
Michala Petri, recorder
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

Sunday 18 June 2017 at 2.30pm
The Music Room, Gregynog, Newtown, Powys SY16 3PW
William Lawes, Royal Consort Paven    
John Jenkins, Newark Siege            
Marin Marais, Plainte                    
Antoine Forqueray, La Régente                    
Louis de Caix d’Hervelois, La Milaneze
Bach, Sonata No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027    
Purcell, Sonata in F major, Z. 810 (‘Golden Sonata’)
Purcell, Chaconne 
Rameau, Deuxième Concert                    
Couperin, La Sultane
Ricercar Consort
Philippe Pierlot, director

Friday 23 June 2017 at 2.30pm
Chirk Castle, Wrexham
Lord Howard de Walden’s creative collaborations with Josef Holbrooke, including The Cauldron of Annwn, examined by his grandson.
Thomas Seymour, speaker

Friday 23 June 2017 at 7.30pm
Chirk Castle, Wrexham
Jules Demersseman, Fantaisie sur un thème original
Josef Holbrooke, Concerto in B flat major, Op. 88 
Darius Milhaud, Scaramouche 
Florent Schmitt, Légende
Fernande Decrück, Sonata in C sharp minor
Amy Dickson, saxophone
Catherine Milledge, piano

Saturday 24 June 2017 at 2.30pm
Chirk Castle, Wrexham
Talk about Lord Howard de Walden as a patron of the arts, poet, playwright, medievalist and sportsman.
Hazel Walford Davies, speaker

Saturday 24 June 2017 at 7.30pm
Chirk Castle, Wrexham
Beethoven, Variations in G major on Wenzel Müller’s 
‘Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu’, Op. 121a
Brahms, Trio for clarinet, cello and piano in A minor, Op. 114
Josef Holbrooke, Selection from Mezzo-Tints, Op. 55
Cyril Scott, Piano Trio No. 1 (1920)
Robert Plane, clarinet
Gould Piano Trio

Sunday 25 June 2017 at 2.30pm
The renowned historian of the visual culture of Wales considers the artists associated with Lord Howard de Walden and the Harlech composers.
Peter Lord, speaker

Sunday 25 June 2017 at 7.30pm
Chirk Castle, Wrexham
Schumann, Papillons, Op. 2
Grieg, Selection of Lyric Pieces
Josef Holbrooke, 4 Cambrian Ballades:
Dolgelley; Penmachno; Tan-y-grisiau; Maentwrog
Liszt, 5 Studies: Un sospiro; Paysage; 
Waldesrauschen; Harmonies du soir; 
Transcendental Etude, No. 10
Llŷr Williams, piano

Wednesday 28 June 2017 at 2.30pm
Royal St David’s Golf Club, Harlech
Gregynog Festival’s Artistic Director speaks about curating this year’s Pageantry programme.
Rhian Davies, speaker

Wednesday 28 June 2017 at 4.30pm
Traethdy, Harlech
A rare opportunity to visit a Bantock family property in the sand dunes of Harlech Beach.

Thursday 29 June 2017 at 12.15pm
Ffestiniog Railway, Porthmadog Station
A special excursion on the world-famous steam railway, pausing at Coed-y-Bleiddiau Halt to see Granville Bantock’s holiday home before alighting at Dduallt to hear more about the restoration of the property and take in the views.
Paul Lewin, speaker

Thursday 29 June 2017 at 7.30pm
St Tanwg’s Church, Llandanwg, Harlech 
Bach, Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
Granville Bantock, Sonata in G minor
Bach, Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
George Crumb, Sonata 
Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello

Friday 30 June 2017 at 6.00pm
Theatr Ardudwy, Harlech
Pre-concert talk by Cuillin Bantock, grandson of Granville Bantock and son of Margaret More

Friday 30 June 2017 at 7.30pm
Theatr Ardudwy, Harlech
Beethoven, Sonata No. 5, Op. 24, ‘Spring’
Cyril Scott, Idyll; Bumble-bees; All through the night
Cyril Scott, transcr. Fritz Kreisler, Lotus-land
Margaret More, Harlequin and Columbine
David Vaughan Thomas, Allegro vivace in D major
John Rippiner Heath, In the heart of the country
Brahms, Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Sara Trickey, violin
Clare Hammond, piano

Saturday 1 July 2017 at 11.30am
Theatr Ardudwy, Harlech
The life and work of Marjory Kennedy-Fraser: 
From fishing boat to concert hall
Lecture-recital featuring items from Kennedy-Fraser’s 
Songs of the Hebrides, Volume 1, including
Gràdh Geal mo Chridh’ (The Eriskay)
A’ Bhirlinn Bharrach (Kishmul’s Galley)
An t-Iarla Diùrach (The Bens of Jura)
Thig a chuinneig, thig (A churning song)
Joy Dunlop, voice
Eleanor Kemp, voice
Andrew Dunlop, piano & harp

Saturday 1 July 2017 at 4.30pm
Theatr Ardudwy, Harlech
Lecture-recital featuring repertoire by 
Eugene Goossens
Rex Lawson, pianola

Sunday 2 July 2017 at 7.30pm
Harlech Castle 
Britten, Fanfare for St Edmundsbury
Mathias, Ceremonial Fanfare
David Wynne, Investiture Fanfares
Richard Maldwyn Price, Owain Glyndŵr
Christopher Painter, Saith Marchog y Pennaeth (world premiere)
Traditional, arr. Simon Cox and Matthew Knight,
Welsh and Irish folk tunes used in the Harlech Historical Pageants
(world premiere)
Elgar, Serenade in E minor, Op. 20
Handel, Suite from Messiah, HWV 56
Septura Brass Septet 

Saturday 17th June 2017 at 7:30pm

St Matthew's Church, Northampton NN1 4RY
Parry - Symphonic Variations
Berlioz - Overture King Lear
Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto
Kamila Bydlowska - Soloist
Mendelssohn - Symphony No.5
Northampton Symphony Orchestra
Conductor, John Gibbons

28th - 30th June 2017

Bramall Music Building and adjoining Aston Webb Building on the University of Birmingham campus.

Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain Conference 2017 

For this or any general queries, please contact us on the conference email

Saturday 1 July, 7.30pm

Cheltenham Town Hall GL50 1QA

Last Night of the CSO Proms – Hands across the Pond
Copland: Rodeo, Four Dance Episodes
Bernstein: West Side Story, Symphonic Dances
Elgar: Sea Pictures Op.37 (Kate Symonds-Joy, alto)
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No.4
Wood: Fantasia on British Sea Songs
Parry: Jerusalem

Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: David Curtis

Monday 10th July 2017 at 7.30pm

Assembly Hall, Worthing
Jerome Moross: The Big Country
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1
William Alwyn: Film Score Suite - The Card
Saint-Saens: Organ Symphony
Worthing Symphony Orchestra
John Gibbons, conductor
Nicola Benedetti, violin

Saturday 15th July 2017 at 7.30pm

St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, London W5 1QG
Bax: The Garden of Fand
Beethoven Emperor Concerto 
Strauss An Alpine Symphony
Ealing Symphony Orchestra
John Gibbons, conductor

George Harliono, piano

Saturday 15th July 2017 at 7.30pm

St John's Church, Bromsgrove B61 7JW
A Choral Fantasy
Walton: Facade and other works
Orchestra of St John's
Richard Jenkinson, conductor

Saturday 7 October 2017, 7.30pm

St Martin’s West Acton, Hale Gardens W3 9SQ 

Barbara THOMPSON Saxophone Concerto (Saxophone: Jess Gillam)
HOLST The Perfect Fool
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 4

Ealing Symphony Orchestra

John Gibbons, conductor


3rd - 5th November 2017 

Stanford Festival Weekend


Saturday 25 November 2017, 7.30pm

St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, London W5 1QG 

To include:

Matthew TAYLOR Symphony No. 4
WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries
NIELSEN Symphony No. 4

Plus a concerto to be confirmed.

Ealing Symphony Orchestra

John Gibbons, conductor


Saturday 10 February 2018, 7.30pm

St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, London W5 1QG

An Ealing Music and Film Festival concert

DELIUS Appalachia
GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess, Concert Version (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)

Ealing Symphony Orchestra

John Gibbons, conductor


Saturday 5 March 2018, 7.30pm

St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, London W5 1QG

VERDI Overture – The Force of Destiny
ELGAR Cello Concerto (Cello: Sheku Kanneh-Mason)
Jerome MOROSS The Big Country
GLAZUNOV Symphony No. 4

Ealing Symphony Orchestra

John Gibbons, conductor


Saturday 17 March 2018, 7.30pm

To include:

ELGAR The Music Makers
RACHMANINOV Three Russian Songs

Ealing Symphony Orchestra

John Gibbons, conductor

With the Lord Williams Festival Chorus

Thame Leisure Centre, Oxford Road, Thame OX9 2BB


Saturday 19 May 2018, 7.30pm

St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, London W5 1QG

To include:

DVORAK Carnival Overture
George LLOYD Symphony No.4

Plus a concerto to be confirmed.

Ealing Symphony Orchestra

John Gibbons, conductor

Saturday 14 July 2018, 7.30pm

St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, London W5 1QG 

KODALY Hary Janos Suite

BRITTEN Sinfonia da Requiem
DEBUSSY Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
SCRIABIN Poem of Ecstasy

Ealing Symphony Orchestra

John Gibbons, conductor

4th - 7th May 2018

'Parry and his Pupils'
Gala Concert:
Parry: I was glad
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis
Holst: Hymn of Jesus
John Ireland: Greater Love
Parry: Ode on the Nativity
Parry: Jerusalem

Gloucester Choral Society


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