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Sir Arthur Bliss
President: Ian Venables
Chairman: Gerald Towell
The Arthur Bliss Society
The Arthur Bliss Society was founded in early 2003 with the aim of furthering the appreciation,
understanding and knowledge of the music of Sir Arthur Bliss (1891-1975). He was one of the
most important figures in British musical life from the early 1920s (when he was regarded as
an enfant terrible) through to his later years and his tenure of the office of Master of the Queen's
Music from late in 1953, following Sir Arnold Bax.
The Committee benefited greatly from the support and encouragement of the late Lady Bliss,
our first President, and then from the late George Dannatt. For the Chairman's tribute to him,
and links to press obituaries, see his page. Our Vice-Chairman, David Wilby, has written an
appreciation for MusicWeb: click here.
We were delighted when Peter Ainsworth and Ian Venables accepted invitations to become
Vice-Presidents of the Society. Not long afterwards our Chairman had lunch with them at the
House of Commons (photograph). Following George's death Ian agreed to become our third
President, and Terry Barfoot to follow Ian as a Vice-President.
Continuing this theme, we are equally delighted to welcome four distinguished musicians
as the first Patrons of the Society: Mark Bebbington, James Gilchrist, Julian Lloyd Webber
and David Lloyd-Jones.
A substantial Newsletter is published twice a year, in the Spring and Autumn. A cumulative
index is also available. The latest issues of the Newsletter and the Index have just been
published. Non-members wishing to buy copies of either please contact the Chairman.
The website of The Bliss Trust contains biography, bibliography and discography, and we
complement this on the Society's site with active information about social and study events,
current news and comment, details of membership, how to join and how to contact us. Whilst
the Bliss Trust website is still the place to go for the complete discography, we have listed new
and recent discs on this site, as well as some new photographs. We still appeal for any non-
copyright photographs that we could show here, or copyrighted ones that we might be allowed
Our Performances page is accessed by lovers of Sir Arthur's music worldwide, and we are as
keen to include notices of performances abroad as we are those in the UK. We know that far
more performances take place in other countries than we show on our performances page and
we look to our site visitors for information. We have no other regular means of knowing about
concerts before they take place.
The Enquiries page gives the opportunity to site visitors, whether members of the Society or not,
to contribute questions or comments.
We devote a page to the Charlton Kings Choral Society because of its close links with the late
Lady Bliss, initially through our Chairman. Three of our eight Committee members belong to the
choir, and a fourth, John Wright, is its Conductor.
The Links page joins us to other interesting and relevant websites: please suggest any useful
additions. Please also let us know of forthcoming performances of Bliss music, so that we can
publicise them here. Click here to contact the webmaster.
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