BMS Diary

Annual General Meeting - Friday 23rd June starting at 2.30pm 

Join us for our AGM, 2.30pm - 4.30pm on Friday 23rd June in the David Lloyd George Room at the National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HE; just across the street from Embankment Tube station, or across the bridge from Waterloo. The following discussion panel will be focused on the release of our latest CD BMS/Naxos issue — SONGS BY GEOFFREY BUSH AND JOSEPH HOROVITZ. Joseph is hoping to attend with his wife, and the proceedings will be chaired by our former recordings manager, Martin Cotton. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Admission is free. We look forward to welcoming as many members as possible to this event. Watch an accompanying promotional film here: Why not make a day of it by dining on London's South Bank afterwards and then enjoying a concert of English works for two violins by JACOB, MOERAN and RAWSTHORNE at the 1901 Arts Club near (opposite Waterloo station), performed by soloists Midori Komachi and Sophie Rosa: (prior booking advised)

British Art Song Competition (BASC) 2017

Sponsored by the Peter Warlock Society - more news coming soon!

Read the full report from last year's competition, sponsored by the John Ireland Charitable Trust on the News page.

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.

Gregynog Festival 2017: Pageantry

16 June – 2 July 2017

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 

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 1st July 2017 at 7:30pm

St James Church, Paddington, London 
Alan Rawsthorne – Divertimento 
Edward Elgar – Serenade for String Orchestra, Op.20 
Ralph Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending, Op.50 
Michael Turner – Explorations of Themes by George Butterworth 
Ernest John Moeran – Sinfonietta 

Madeleine Mitchell – violin
Michael Turner – conductor
Bloomsbury Chamber Orchestra

Saturday 1st 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

Saturday 1st July, 7.15pm

Medina Theatre, Isle of Wight

“Carnival at Sea” (to coincide with the Festival of the Sea on the Island)
Carnival Overture – Dvorák
Adagio from Spartacus, Op. 21 – Khatchaturian
La Mer, L. 109 – Debussy
Molly on the Shore – Grainger
The Wreckers Overture – Smythe
Fantasia on British Sea Songs (complete) plus Rule Britannia – Arne

Pirates of the Caribbean – Zimmer

Sunday 2nd July 2017 at 6:00-6:30pm

St John's College Chapel, University of Cambridge

Organ Recital
Saxton: Passacaglia 'On The Name John McCabe’
Venables: Rhapsody 'In Memoriam Herbert Howells’
Howells: Psalm Prelude set 2 no.3: 'Sing unto Him a new song: play skilfully with a loud noise'

Jonathan Clinch, organ (Royal College of Music)

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 15th July 2017 at 5.30pm

Houseman Room, University College, Gower Street, London WC1

The Oxford and Cambridge Musical Club Presents
Constant Lambert: Concerto for Piano and Nine Instruments

soloist: Chris Crocker

Open to all with free entry.  

London English Song Festival 2017: Over There! 18-20 July

18th July to 20th July. 8.00pm evenings; 1:30pm Wednesday & Thursday family matinees .
Evening performances: Full Price £10 to £16, Concessions £8 to £12; Family matinees: £3 and all adults must be accompanied by a child. 100 free tickets are available per matinee show for schools.
The London English Song Festival returns with Over There! This dramatic, staged performance of song and poetry commemorates the American entry into World War One and depicts the colliding worlds of England and the US through an exploration of song and the spoken word.
A stellar cast of singers is accompanied by William Vann on the piano and readings from world-renowned actor Simon Callow.
In addition to three evening performances, there are two educational matinees for children.
Poetry and speeches
Who’s for the Game – Jessie Pope (1868-1941)
Speech to Congress, April 2 2017 – Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)
England and America – Florence T. Holt (1874-1955)
To the USA – Robert Bridges (1844-1930)
I have a Rendez-vous with Death – Alan Seeger (1888-1916)
With an Identity Disc
Strange Meeting
Anthem for Doomed Youth – Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)
Popular song
Over There – George M. Cohan (1878-1942)
I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way – George Fairman (1881-1962)
When Yankee Doodle learns to parlez-vous Français – Ed Nelson & Will Hart
Art Song & instrumental
The Soldier -Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)
Blow out you Bugles -Rupert Brooke
The Cost -Eric Thirkell Cooper (1886-1960)
In Boyhood -A. E. Housman (1859-1936)
A Garrison Churchyard -A. E. Housman
For Remembrance – John Ireland (1879-1962)
Lights Out Edward Thomas (1878-1917) – Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)
In Flanders Fields -John McCrae (1872-1918)
Tom sails away -Charles Ives
He is there  – Charles Ives (1874-1954)
Suicide in the trenches -Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)
If you forget -Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929) – Ian Venables (b. 1955)
Elegy (excerpt) viola & piano – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Katie Bray – mezzo-soprano
Nick Pritchard – tenor
Craig Colclough – bass-baritone
Louise Williams – viola
William Vann – piano

Monday 21st August 2017 at 7.30pm

6th floor Theatre Hall, SEGi College Subang Jaya, Persiaran Kewajipan USJ 1, USJ 1, 47600 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

César Franck: Prelude Chorale and Fugue
Claude Debussy: La Cathédrale engloutie
Robert Matthew-Walker: A Bad Night in Los Angeles
Eugène Ysaÿe: Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 27, No. 2 "Jacques Thibaud"
Pablo de Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25
John Ireland: Bagatelle, Berceuse, Cavatina and Holy Boy for Violin and Piano
Irene Loh Yee Kuan & Joe Chu-Yu Yang

6th-8th October 2017

English Music Festival 2017 Yorkshire Autumn Festival

St Andrew’s Church, Aysgarth


Friday 6th October 2017 at 7.30pm

Ireland: Piano Trio No.2

Holst: Short Trio in E major

Stanford: Piano Trio No.2

Moeran: Piano Trio in D major

Rupert Marshall-Luck, violin

Joseph Spooner, cello

Duncan Honeybourne, piano

Saturday 7th October 2017 at 11.00am

Alwyn: Sonata alla Toccata

Delius: Three Preludes

Howells: Sonatina

Milford: Prelude, Air and Finale

Vaughan Williams: Hymn Tune Prelude on ‘Song 13’ (Orlando Gibbons);

The Lake in the Mountains

Ireland: Sarnia

Duncan Honeybourne, piano


Fogg: Poem

Cooke: Sea Croon

Delius: Sonata

Alwyn: Two Folk-Songs

Ireland: Sonata

Milford: Threne

Joseph Spooner, cello

Duncan Honeybourne, piano


Howells: Sonata No.1

Havergal Brian: Legend

Vaughan Williams: Violin Sonata

Delius: Violin Sonata No.2

Ireland: Violin Sonata No.1

Rupert Marshall-Luck, violin

Duncan Honeybourne, piano

Sunday 8th October 2017


Bach: Sonata for Solo Violin in G minor, BWV 1001

Bach: Sonata for Violin and Organ

Richard Pantcheff: Sonata for Violin and Organ

Maxwell Davies: Sonata for Violin Alone

Joseph Phibbs: Suite for solo violin


Moeran: Loveliest of Trees

Butterworth: The Lads in their Hundreds

Bax: When I was one-and-twenty

Orr: Along the Field

Ireland: In Boyhood

Sommervell: Into my heart an air that kills

Delius: To Daffodils; The Violet; In the Seraglio Garden

Finzi: Let us Garlands Bring: Come away, come away death; Who is Sylvia; O Mistress Mine; Fear no more the heat o’ the sun; It was a lover and his lass;

Armstrong Gibbs: Old wine in new bottles; Silver

Howells: Five Songs for Low Voice: The Valley of Silence; When the dew is falling; By the Grey Stone

Howells: St Bride’s Song; When there is Peace

Vaughan Williams: The House of Life

Christopher Foster, bass-baritone

Duncan Honeybourne, piano

Saturday 7th 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


Friday 27th October 2017

Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Elgar: Overture: Cockaigne
Ireland: Piano Concerto
Holst: The Planets
Barry Wordsworth  conductor
Mark Bebbington  piano
Cantamus Girls Choir
Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Bruce Phillips, Director of the John Ireland Charitable Trust, in conversation with Mark Bebbington.
Supported by the John Ireland Charitable Trust


Wednesday 1st November 2017 at 7:30pm

Cadogan Hall, London
Vaughan Williams: The Wasps: overture
Ireland: Piano Concerto
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Elgar: Enigma Variations on an Original Theme for Orchestra, Op.36

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Barry Wordsworth, Conductor
Mark Bebbington, Piano
Duncan Riddell, Violin
Supported by The John Ireland Charitable Trust.


3rd - 5th November 2017 

Stanford Festival Weekend


Saturday 11th November 2017
Advance details:
Vaughan Williams: Job: A Masque for Dancing
Northampton Symphony Orchestra
John Gibbons, conductor


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 25 November 2017
Music by Arnold, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Howells
​Concert begins at 7.30pm
Orchestra of Opera North
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Leeds College of Music Student Chorus
St Peter's Singers
David Hill - conductor
Sarah Fox - soprano
Ben Hulett - tenor
Arnold - Peterloo Overture
Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Elgar - In the South
Howells - Hymnus Paradisi

Pre-concert talk 6:45pm
Peter Whitfield discusses this evening's works.
Entry is free to ticket-holders for the concert but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.


3rd December 2017 at 6:30pm

Kings Place: Hall One, London
Elgar: Introduction and Allegro for string quartet and string orchestra, Op.47
Holst I.: The Fall of the Leaf

Ireland: Cello Sonata
Rubbra: Soliloquy
Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge for string orchestra, Op.10

Orchestra of the Swan
David Curtis, Conductor
Raphael Wallfisch, Cello


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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