BMS Diary

British Music Society -      Annual General Meeting 2018

Saturday 30th June

This year’s AGM will depart from our usual London venues and see a move north to St. Alban’s to support a concert by the Amadeus Orchestra with the choir of St. Alban’s Chamber Choir conducted by John Gibbons. Save the date of Saturday 30 June in your diary for this event at 7.30pm in St. Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane, St. Albans AL1 4DF.

Entitled ‘Light and Love’, the programme consists of Ralph Vaughan Williams Epithalamium, William Alwyn Pastoral Fantasia, Cecilia McDowell Ad Lucem and Malcolm Arnold John Clare Cantata.  Details of where and when the Society will meet in St. Alban’s before the concert will be issued in due course.

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.

Tuesday 15th May 2018 at 7.00pm

City Chamber Choir 30th Anniversary Concert
St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9ED
Ireland: The Hills
Stanford: The Blue Bird
Howells: An English Mass
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
McDowall: The Descending Blue
Samuel Wilson: Spring (first performance)

City Chamber Choir
Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra
Stephen Jones: conductor
Fenella Humphreys: violin


Whittington International Chamber Music Festival:
Fantasia on a British theme
with the Elias String Quartet and other artists
15-20 May 2018

Concert 1 – Tuesday 15 May 7.30pm (Pre-Festival Talk 6.30pm – see below)

Walford Davies (arr. James Barralet): Solemn Melody
Bridge: Piano Quintet in D minor
Dowland (arr. James Barralet): In Darkness let me Dwell
Vaughan Williams: Piano Quintet in C minor

Concert 2 – Wednesday 16 May 7.30pm

Britten: Oboe Quartet Phantasy Op 2
Vaughan Williams: Quintet in D for violin, cello, clarinet, horn and piano
Holst: Three pieces for oboe and string quartet.
Walton: Piano Quartet in D minor

Concert 3 – Thursday 17 May 7.30pm  (Lunchtime Free Organ Recital – see below)

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (violin and piano)
Ethel Smyth: Piano Trio in D minor
Howells: Rhapsodic Clarinet Quintet Op 31
Ireland: Sextet for horn, clarinet and string quartet

Concert 4 – Friday 18 May 7.30pm

Purcell: Fantasies for Quartet
Vaughan Williams: Six Studies in English folk song (cello and piano)
Young Musicians play Greensleeves/folk medley (arr. James Barralet)
Sally Beamish: Reed Stanzas for String Quartet
Scottish Folk Music with Donald Grant and the Festival musicians

Concert 5 – Saturday 19 May 7.30pm

Stanford: Piano Trio in Eb Op 35
Sullivan: String Quartet in D minor
Bliss: Piano Quartet in A minor
Elgar: Quartet in E minor Op 83

Concert 6 -Sunday 20 May 3.00pm

Purcell: Chacony in G minor (arr. Britten for quartet
Imogen Holst: Phantasy Quartet
Bridge Phantasy: Piano Quartet in F# minor
Ireland: Piano Trio No 2
Elgar: Piano Quintet in A minor Op 84

Pre-Festival Talk (6.30pm) before Concert 1
Christopher Symons, long-time Director of Oswestry School Recital Series and much-valued writer of our own programme notes, will give an informal introduction to the whole range of music to be performed during the six concerts and will consider what (if anything) constitutes its Britishness.
Ticket for Concert 1 (or Whole Festival Pass) required for admission.

Free Organ Recital Thursday Lunchtime 17 May
An organ recital by Gerry Howe in St Oswald’s Church, Oswestry, will feature works by (among others) Stanley, Stanford, Tippett, and local organist/ Master of the King’s Music Walford Davies. It starts at 1pm and will end by 1.50pm. Admission is free. Coffee and tea will be served in the adjoining Parish Centre from 12 noon – bring your own sandwiches.


Friday May 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm

The Three Rhapsodies, Waterloo - a free concert of American and European music

St John's Waterloo, London
Westmont College Orchestra 
Irish Rhapsody No 1 in D minor Op 78 - Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
Norfolk Rhapsody No 1 - Ralph Vaughan Williams

Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin
Hoe-down, from Rodeo - Aaron Copland
The Magnificent Seven - Elmer Bernstein
The Cowboys - John Williams
Lord of the Dance - Ronan Hardiman


Saturday 19th May 2018 7.30pm

St Mary's Church, Hitchin SG5 1HP
Hitchin Symphony Orchestra (Leader: Janet Hicks)
Conductor: Paul Adrian Rooke
John McCabe: Concerto for Chamber Orchestra
Malcolm Arnold: Concerto for viola and Chamber Orchestra

Soloist: Helen Sanders-Hewett
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3


Saturday 19th May 2018, 7.30pm

St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, London W5 1QG

Dvorak: Carnival Overture
George Lloyd: Symphony No.4
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Piano: Rhys Concessao)

Ealing Symphony Orchestra

John Gibbons, conductor


Monday 21 May at 7.30pm 

Bob Boas, 22 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NR

Wendy Hiscocks – piano Philippa Mo – violin

To include Elgar and Debussy sonatas. Supper after

Book by email – or call 020 7436 0344, or write.


English Music Festival - Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Friday 25th - Monday 28th May 2018 

Tickets on sale during Spring 2018 and on the door subject to availability       


Friday 25th May 7.30pm

Dorchester Abbey

English Symphony Orchestra, John Andrews (conductor), Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin), Joseph Spooner (cello)        

Richard Blackford: Violin Concerto (UK Premiere)                                                 

Frederick Delius: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello                        

Christopher Wright: Symphony (World Premiere)      


Saturday 26th May

Dorchester Abbey 10.45am        

Emma Halnan (flute), Daniel Smith (piano)          

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Suite de ballet                                           

Richard Rodney Bennett: Summer Music

Malcolm Arnold: Sonata for flute and piano op.121

Ernest Tomlinson: Three Pieces for flute and piano                                               

Edwin York Bowen: Sonata for flute and piano op.120        


All Saints Church, Sutton Courtenay 2.15pm                                                       

John Potter (tenor), Jacob Heringman (lute)     

William Byrd: Kyrie & Gloria                               

John Dowland: All people that on earth do dwell 

William Byrd: Ave verum corpus             

William Byrd: Credo                                    

Thomas Tallis: O sacrum Convivium                    

William Byrd: Sanctus                                  

William Byrd: Christe qui lux es                  

William Byrd: Agnus Dei                             

Anon: Madame d’Amours                       

Ernest J. Moeran: River God’s Song            

Ernest J. Moeran: Under the Greenwood Tree    

Stephen Wilkinson: Orpheus with his lute               

Peter Pope: There is a lady sweet and kind                                                             

Peter Pope: When to her lute            

George Butterworth: The True Lover’s Farewell                                                     

Tony Banks: Follow thy Fair Sun                   

Peter Warlock: The Frostbound Wood            

Peter Warlock: Balulalow                          

Peter Warlock: The Night   


Dorchester Abbey 7.00pm

Holst Orchestra, Hilary Davan Wetton (conductor), Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin)

Dyson: Three Songs of Courage

Holst: Sorrow and Joy; Love on my Heart; Assemble, all ye maidens

Bliss: Music for Strings

Finzi: God is gone up

Dyson: To Music; Nocturne

Holst: Dream Tryst; Ye Little Birds; Come to Me

Elgar: Elegy

Vaughan Williams: In Windsor Forest


Dorchester Abbey 9.30pm

Paul Guinery                                                                       

The pianist and radio presenter Paul Guinery presents a selection of light-hearted British repertoire including some of Billy Mayerl’s brilliantly written “syncopated novelties” and other similarly entertaining jazz-inflected pieces.                                   


Sunday 27th May 10.30am

Radley College, Silk Hall

Richard Deering (piano)                

William Alwyn: Sonata all Toccata

William Sterndale Bennett: Romance No. 1 in B flat minor

Sir Hubert Parry: Sonata No. 1

Edward McGuire: Prelude 7

Sir Arthur Bliss: Masks

York Bowen: Short Sonata in C sharp Minor   


Radley College, Silk Hall 2.15pm

Christopher Kent (actor), Gamal Khamis (piano)

‘Never such innocence’                                                                 

Edward Elgar: Salut d’Amour, op 12                                                                        

Edward Elgar: “Troyte" and  "W.N.” from Enigma Variations, op 36 (transcr. Elgar)                                                                                   

William Alwyn: Water Lillies                                                                          

Frank Bridge: Lament                                                                

Arnold Bax: In a Vodka Shop                                                                

Daniel Kidane: Triptych: Six                                                       

Ivor Gurney: Prelude no 8 in F sharp                                                             

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Hymn-tune Prelude on Song 13 by Orlando Gibbons                                                                   

Edward Elgar: “Nimrod” from Enigma Variations, op 36 (transcr. Elgar)        


Dorchester Abbey 7.00pm

Armonico Consort, Christopher Monks (conductor)

Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas


Dorchester Abbey 9.30pm

John Kirkpatrick

Traditional Folk Songs                                                                                                                   

Monday 28th May 10.45am

Silk Hall, Radley College

Lucy Stevens (contralto), Elizabeth Marcus (piano

Ethel Smyth: ‘Grasp the Nettle’                                                    

Music to include excepts from:

The Wreckers

Mass in D

Anacreontic Ode

The Boatswain’s Mate - Overture

On the Road

The March of the Women

The Clown

Es wandelt was wir schauen (Another day is dying)


Schön Rohtraut (Fair Rohtraut)

What if I were young again

After Sunset



Dorchester Abbey 2.15pm

Bridge Quartet, Michael Dussek, Roderick Williams (baritone)                                 

Elgar Piano Quintet                                                           

Ivor Gurney: The Western Playland                                                      

Herbert Howells: Phantasy Quartet                                               

Ivor Gurney: Desire in Spring

Black Stitchel                                                                          


Captain Stratton’s Fancy


Dorchester Abbey 7.00pm

Camerata Wales, Owain Arwel Hughes (conductor)               

Dyson: Woodland Suite for string orchestra                         

Warlock: Serenade for the 60th birthday of Delius

Delius: Air and Dance

Herbert Howells: First Suite                                                                                     

Arwel Hughes: Fantasia in A minor                                                                          

John Ireland: Elegaic Meditation            

Gerald Finzi: Romance

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Charterhouse Suite



Sunday 27th May 2018
Henry Wood Hall, Trinity Church Square, London SE1 4HU
11.30am for a noon start, until approx. 7.00pm

'Come and Sing' in an English music choral and orchestral workshop:

Elgar: The Music Makers
Ireland: These things shall be
Vaughan Williams: Toward the unknown region

Diana Bickley, conductor
FREE Open Rehearsal for friends and groupies: 5.30pm
Cost: £10 for adults; £5 for students; coach from Swindon approx £20
Run-Thru’ Sessions in Swindon on Mon April 23rd, 30th; Sun May 6th, Mon 21st
(all dates optional) in London on Sun April 22nd,  29th, May 13th, 20th
Generously supported by the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, the John Ireland Charitable Trust and the Elgar Society.

Please contact Diana at



Tuesday 29 May 2018 at 1.00pm
St George the Martyr Church, Borough High Street, London SE1 1JA 
FREE admission. Light refreshments will be served after each concert.
Matthew Taylor (b. 1964) - Sonata No. 1 (op. 29)

Sally Beamish (b. 1956) - Gala Water (1994)

Sally Beamish - The Wise Maid (1998)

Matthew Taylor - Fantasy Pieces (op. 30)

Joseph Spooner (cello) and Rebeca Omordia (piano)



Elgar Festival 2018

Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd June 2018

The Elgar Festival is the official celebration of the life and music of Edward Elgar, based in his home town of Worcester with activities spanning Elgar Country. The Festival brings together the full gamut of leading musical and educational organisations across Worcestershire with a starry array of internationally renowned guest artists and hosted by the English Symphony Orchestra and featuring works by David Matthews.



12th June 2018 at 7:30pm
St Paul's Church, London
Charity concert for the Order of St. Lazarus
Jamie Campbell (violin)
Karel Bredenhorst (cello)
Simon Callaghan (piano)
Rachmaninov: Trio Élégiaque No.1 in G minor
Coke: Elegiac Trio in C minor Op. 32
Schubert:Trio in E flat D929



16th June 2.00pm
The Elgar School of Music, Worcester
‘A Day of English Song’




23rd June 2018, 19:30
Milton Court, London, United Kingdom
Jonathan Dove: The Passing of the Year
R.R. Bennett: Sea Change
Joseph Horovitz: Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo

BBC Singers

John Wilson, conductor



Saturday 30th June at 7.30pm

St. Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane, St. Albans AL1 4DF

‘Light and Love’

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Epithalamium

William Alwyn: Pastoral Fantasia

Cecilia McDowell: Ad Lucem

Malcolm Arnold: John Clare Cantata

Amadeus Orchestra

St. Alban’s Chamber Choir

John Gibbons, conductor 


N.B. BMS AGM takes will take place prior to this concert - see news page for details in due course.



Saturday 7th July 2018  7.30pm
Oaklands Catholic School, Waterlooville
Havant Symphony Orchestra
Conductors:  Jonathan Butcher and Richard Miller
6.30pm–7.00pm: Pre-concert talk in the main hall
Overture Prince Igor – Borodin
Cello Concerto – Finzi
Soloist: Raphael Wallfisch
Symphony No. 4 in F minor – Tchaikovsky



Thursday 12th July at 7.30pm 
St Bartholomew the Less, Smithfield, London
Celebrating 100 years of Women's Suffrage 
Grace Williams: Ave Maris Stella
Elizabeth Maconchy: Creatures
Thea Musgrave: Four Madrigals
Cecilia McDowall: Regina Coeli 
Lucy Pankhurst: The Pankhurst Anthem  

and works by Hildegard of Bingen, Fanny Mendelssohn  Hensel, Clara Schumann, Jessica Norton
London Concord Singers
conductor, Jessica Norton 



Saturday 14th July at 2.30pm
Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral
St Bartholomew the Less, Smithfield, London
Celebrating 100 years of Women's Suffrage 
Grace Williams: Ave Maris Stella
Elizabeth Maconchy: Creatures
Thea Musgrave: Four Madrigals
Cecilia McDowall: Regina Coeli 
Lucy Pankhurst: The Pankhurst Anthem  

and works by Hildegard of Bingen, Fanny Mendelssohn  Hensel, Clara Schumann, Jessica Norton
London Concord Singers
conductor, Jessica Norton


Saturday 14th 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



BPSE Tippett/Beethoven Series

St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly, London (W1J 9LL)

Wednesday 1 August 2018 1.10pm

Yuki Negishi, piano
Beethoven Sonata No.17, in D minor, Op.31 No.2, “Tempest”
Tippett Sonata No.2 (1962)
Chopin Ballad No.3, in Ab, Op.47
Kapustin Prelude Op.53 No.5
Kapustin Concert Etude Op.40 No.1, Prelude

Wednesday 8 August 2018, 1.10pm
Julian Trevelyn, piano
William Byrd Ut re mi fa sol la, from My Ladye Nevells Booke
Beethoven Sonata No.31, in Ab, Op.110
Tippett Sonata No.1 (1936–8)

Wednesday 15 August 2018, 1.10pm
Lee Jae Phang, piano
Beethoven Sonata No.10, in G, Op.14 No.2
Debussy Hommage à Rameau, from Images Book 1
Debussy Les collines d’Anacapri, from Préludes Book 1
Tippett Sonata No. 3 (1972–3)

Wednesday 22 August 2018, 1.10pm
Tyler Hay, piano
Beethoven Sonata No.26, in Eb, Op.81a, Les Adieux
Tippett Sonata No.4 (1983–4)


28th July - 4th August 2018

Three Choirs Festival, Hereford 


Saturday 28 July
Ireland: These things shall be
Smyth: Mass in D


Sunday 29 July
Holst: The Planets

Monday 30 July
Elgar: King Olaf

Thursday 2 August
Parry: Blest pair of Sirens
Parry: Symphony No 5
Parry: Invocation to Music


Friday 3 August
Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin
Boulanger Psalm 130
Walton Viola Concerto
Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms

Saturday 4 August
Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region
Parry: Elegy for Brahms

Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem



North York Moors Chamber Music Festival

Sunday, August 12, 2018 3:00pm
St Peter & Paul Church
Arnold Fantasy for Horn op 88
Bridge Piano quintet in D minor
Bax Octet*
MacMillan For Max
Elgar Piano quintet in A minor op 84

Monday, August 13, 2018 7:00pm
St Mary's Church
Britten Prelude & Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria (organ)
Knussen/Benjamin/Matthews A Purcell Garland
Adès Catch; Court Studies from The Tempest*
Tippett Preludio al Vespro di Monteverdi (organ)
Maxwell Davies String quartet movement op 338
Bridge String quartet No 3

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 7:00pm
All Saints' Church
Elgar Violin sonata in E minor op 82
Britten Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo op 22*
Tippett The Heart’s Assurance
Elgar Sea Pictures op 37; Sospiri

Friday, August 17, 2018 7:00pm
St Aidan's Church
Tippett Overture to Robin Hood
Britten Les llluminations op 18*
Walton Sonata for Strings
Benjamin Upon Silence
Purcell Music for a While; When I am Laid in Earth

Saturday, August 18, 2018 7:00pm
St Hedda's Church
Elgar Serenade for Strings in E minor op 20
Tippett Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli*
Goss Concerto for Theorbo and Strings
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Theme by Thomas Tallis

Sunday, August 19, 2018 2:00pm
St Hilda's Church
Dowland - Johnson - Campion - Purcell   
Songs for Lute, Theorbo and Soprano
(no interval)  Concert is followed by tea and cakes

Monday, August 20, 2018 7:00pm
St Stephen's Church
Tippett String quartet No.1
Adès The Four Quarters*    
Vaughan Williams  Nocturne
Imogen Holst String quintet

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 2:00pm
Silent Noon
O H P St Hilda's Priory
Tippett Piano sonata no 1
Tippett Caliban’s Song
Vaughan Williams The House of Life

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 7:00pm
At the River
O H P St Hilda's Priory
Leighton Fantasy on an American Hymn Tune op 70
Clarke Dumka
Bridge Phantasy trio no 1 in C minor*
Bax Piano quintet in G minor

Friday, August 24, 2018 7:00pm
Refrains & Choruses
St Oswald's Church
Arnold Wind quintet op 2
Knussen Three Little Fantasies
Imogen Holst Fall of the Leaf
Melinda Maxwell Pibroch*
Britten Movement for wind sextet
Birtwistle Refrains and Choruses
Gustav Holst Wind quintet op 14
Arnold Sea Shanties

Saturday, August 25, 2018 5:00pm
Suites & Scenes
St Hilda's Church Westcliff
Elgar Imperial March (organ)
Walton Façade*
Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge op 10
Elgar Nursery Suite



14th September 7.30pm
Ivor Gurney Conference
Hosted by the Musical Brain.Org
James Gilchrist (tenor) and Anna Tilbrook (piano)



Monday September 17th 2018 1.00-5.30pm

British Library Symposium
The Martin Shaw Society in association with Albion Music Ltd is preparing a symposium on Martin Shaw and his works to be held on  at the Knowledge Centre of the British Library.

It will be chaired by Professor Dr John Harper, formerly Director of the RSCM. The free event will begin with a lunchtime recital of Shaw's songs by Philip Smith (baritone) and Iain Farrington (piano).
The launch of The Greater Light, a Martin Shaw Compendium will also take place. Edited by Stephen Connock and Isobel Montgomery Campbell with an introduction by Dr John Harper, the compendium includes a full catalogue of works (over 500 titles), a selection of 100 letters to and from Martin Shaw, (including correspondence with TS Eliot, Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams) and the republication of Shaw's autobiographical reminiscences Up to Now.




7th October 3pm

A Commemorative Song Recital to mark the end of WW1
James Gilchrist (tenor)
Benjamin Frith (piano)
Richard Jenkinson (‘cello)



Sunday 14th October 2018 at 3.00pm

CD Launch – From the Shadow of the Great War

Razumovsky Music Studio, 56 College Road, London NW10 5ET

We invite you to come and celebrate 100 years since peace was reached at the end of World War I, with the launch of our CD of English Music for ‘Cello & Piano, much of the music on the disc being influenced by The Great War:
F. Delius – ‘Cello Sonata
J. Ireland – Sonata for ‘Cello & Piano in G Minor
F. Bridge – Sonata for ‘Cello & Piano in D Minor
F. Bridge – Berceuse, Elegie, Spring Song, Cradle Song & Serenade

John Paul Ekins, piano and Liubov Ulybysheva, 'cello.

The event will feature a short talk about the project and the works recorded, and a performance of selected works featured on the recording.
Refreshments provided.
Free entry by emailing: to book your place.



Friday 2nd November 2018 at 7:30pm
Kings Place: Hall One, London
Before Life and After 
Britten, Winter Words for soprano or tenor and piano, Op.52 (Before Life and After)
Finzi, Earth and Air and Rain: The Clock of the years, Op.15 no.8
Finzi, Earth and Air and Rain: Proud Songsters, poem by Thomas Hardy, Op.15 no.10
Finzi, The Too Short Time: Amabel (Before and after Summer)
Ireland, Three Songs to Poems by Hardy: Summer Schemes

Roderick Williams, Baritone
Iain Burnside, Piano
Harriet Walter, Narrator



Saturday 10th November 2018 at 7:30pm 
Cornerstone, Didcot, Oxon OX11 7NE 
"By the Sleepy Lagoon - Desert Island Discs" - a celebration of British Light Classical Music by Coates, Elgar and many others made famous in TV and radio signature tunes.
Eric Coates London Everyday Suite (In Town Tonight)
Ronald Binge Elizabethan Serenade (Music in Minature) 279
Eric Coates By the Sleepy Lagoon (Desert Island Discs)
Eric Coates Calling All Workers (Music While You Work)
Vivian Ellis Coronation Scot
Eric Coates Three Bears Phantasy
Edward Elgar The Starlight Express: Waltz
Percy Grainger Londonderry Air
Edward Elgar Dream Children
Vaughan Williams Fantasy on Greensleeves 125
Coleridge-Taylor Petite Suite de Concert

St Giles Orchestra


10th November 2018 7.30pm

Tewkesbury Abbey

A Choral  Concert to Commemorate the end of the Great War”
The Philomusica of Gloucestershire



3rd April 2019 at 7:00pm
Oriental Club, London
Martyn Jackson, violin and Annie Bielby, viola
Mozart: Trio in E flat K498 'Kegelstatt'
Clarke, Rebecca: Viola Sonata
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A minor Op. 23
Schumann: Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales) Op. 132


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