DISCUSSION: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
The British Music Society was founded in 1979 by a group of musical enthusiasts, both amateur and professional, who wanted to try to combat the generally perceived indifference by music lovers to home-grown British music. The society's President is the cellist Raphael Wallfisch. (The previous president, composer and pianist John McCabe, had to stand down in 2014 due to ill health.)
The society has more than six hundred members worldwide, was granted charitable status in 1995, and has its own imprint and three record labels - BMS, BMS Historic and Environs. Since 2014, the society has been releasing new recordings (and re-releasing various older recordings) through the Naxos label.
Further information: www.britishmusicsociety.com
CD Spotlight. A Rare Breed - John McCabe plays his own piano music, reviewed by Anthony Davie. '... an excellent and diverse range of pieces covering three decades ...'
CD Spotlight. Subtly Harmonized - Moeran solo folksong arrangements delight Patric Standford. '... a delightful exploration of the sensitive and creative treatment of folksongs ...'