Sir Arthur Bliss
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, click here. 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. Non-members wishing to buy copies of the Newsletter or the Index
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 are planning
to put a more selective and current list of discs on this site, as well as the new photographs
that we are promised. We still appeal for any non-copyright photographs which we could show
here, or copyrighted ones that we might be allowed to display.
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. Four of our eight Committee members belong to the
choir, and a fifth, 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.
President: Ian Venables
Chairman: Gerald Towell
The Arthur Bliss Society
NEW CHANDOS RECORDING OF
Samuel West, BBC Symphony
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis
for link to details and full CD notes click here
and for link to Presto Classical review click here
NOW - Keep up with our Performances on Twitter
The updating of our current
website is almost complete:
There is a little bit of tweaking to do,
and we are about to add reports and reviews written by
our members, and more links to published reviews.
We shall keep an eye on the Society’s Twitter
account and share any interesting comments here.