I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to be a Vice-President of the Arthur Bliss Society. I have loved his music ever since, as a schoolboy, I was transfixed by a Sadler's Wells production of Checkmatewhich haunts me to this day.
More recently, I had the enormous pleasure of taking the part of narrator in a Charlton Kings Choral Society performance of Morning Heroes, which is surely one of thefinest and moving creative works, in any artform, to have emerged from the horrors of the First World War.
Bliss is one of those composers with an instantly recognisable and distinctive musical voice. I am sure that it is a voice that will continue to be heard for generations to come, and I am proud to be associated with the Society that exists to promote his work.