british composer profiles

British Composer Profiles is a biographical dictionary of past British composers living between 1800 and 2010. Gerald Leach’s work on two previous editions in the 1980s was recognised as a valuable resource, and the British Music Society has now published an expanded third edition revised, enlarged and edited by Ian Graham-Jones. The Chronology and Appendices have also been enlarged as further reference, and a new Introduction by Lewis Foreman offers useful insight into the background of the state of British music during the period covered.

Seven hundred and twenty composers are represented in this substantial 250-page dictionary. Each composer-entry contains brief biographical details and a listing of appropriate main works. Many of the composers listed will not be found in standard reference works, which makes this publication a first point of reference for those seeking basic information on the many British composers, some largely forgotten, who have contributed to our musical heritage since the beginning of the nineteenth century.

British Composer Profiles costs £12.50 to non-members of the BMS, plus postage & packing (within the UK £2.50, airmail within the rest of Europe £6, airmail outside Europe £10). You can order through Pay Pal or Amazon by clicking the appropriate link below.

British Composer Profiles
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British Composer Profiles is a valuable resource which lists 720 composers active in the nineteenth century and twentieth centuries.

ISBN 978-1-8705-3699-8

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Compact, readable biographies of more than 700 composers from a significant period of British musical history: this is a volume for the ready-reference shelf.
(Anthony Burton, writer and editor)

This is a volume which is geared to the general British-music-loving public, particularly as represented by members of the British Music Society, and as such will be warmly contains much information not easily and readily available elsewhere at present, and should prove widely useful by both professionals and non-professionals alike (John Talbot, BMS News)

BMS journals

Journal 37 - Spring 2015
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John McCabe memories : Jacob’s Ladder (pt 2) – How Gordon Jacob became a composer : Arthur Butterworth – A life in music : The reception of Humphrey Searle : Algernon Ashton – another forgotten English composer : Obits - John McCabe, Peter Sculthorpe, Patrick Gowers, Ian Kellam

Spring Journal 2015
Journal 36 - 2014
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Jacob's Ladder - How Gordon Jacob became a composer
Music of Cactus Land - A consideration of musical style and text setting in Denis ApIvor's The Hollow Men
The Life and Music of William Lloyd Webber
On Making Operas from Novels and Britten's Legacy - An interview with John Joubert

Journal 35 - 2013
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Imogen Holst, Benjamin Britten, and related activity. One Foot in Eden – Ronald Center’s centenary. Frances Joan Singleton (1886 – 1975). Pianist and Accompanist: A Perfect Wonder: Richard Henry Walthew (1872 – 1951) Composer, Conductor, Pianist and Teacher.

Annual Journal 2013

journals listing 1979-2015

Annual Journals are available and go back to 1979 (When the BMS formed). Click here for details of each publication and how to order.

BMS Journals listing
A PDF listing of former BMS Journals
BMS Annual Journals listing 2015.pdf
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an occasional series of publications

No.1    BENJAMIN BURROWS AND SOME OF HIS POETS by Brian Blyth Daubney. £5.00

No.2    EDWARD THOMAS AND JOHN IRELAND by Colin Scott-Sutherland. £5.00

No.3    ARNOLD COOKE  by Eric Wetherell. £5.00

No.4    GOODNIGHT TO FLAMBORO’ -  Life and Music of WILLIAM BAINES by Roger Carpenter. £10.99           

No.5    PARROTTCISMS The Autobiography of Ian Parrott. £8.99       

miscellaneous publications

ASPECTS OF BRITISH SONG by Brian Blyth Daubney. £6.00

BRITISH CHORAL MUSIC by Lewis Foreman. £8.95

BRITISH COMPOSER PROFILES (second edition). £5.00


music scores

GRANVILLE BANTOCK Pagan Symphony (Facsimile). £15.00

GRANVILLE BANTOCK Song of Songs  (Vocal Score). £12.50
*Members' discounts do not apply to scores. Special rates apply for postage overseas.                                                       

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