The Arthur Bliss Society
The annual Lunch 2017 was held at the Queens Hotel, Cheltenham on Monday, January 16th, and
was attended by forty one members and friends, including our President, Ian Venables, and the
Chairman of the Bliss Trust, Andrew Burn. We were delighted to welcome two of our patrons, Mark
Bebbington and James Gilchrist, who each gave a short preliminary description of their
experiences in performing the Bliss works which they had selected from their recent recordings for
us to hear.
The Society arranges occasional gatherings of members and friends for informal pub/restaurant
lunches or pre-concert suppers whenever Committee members are able to attend concerts where
Bliss works are being played. We have enjoyed meeting members and friends in London, Luton,
Harrogate, Worcester, Hereford, Shrewsbury and elsewhere, as well as nearer to our own base in
If no one from the Committee can attend a concert, publicity leaflets are sent in advance to the
performers or to the venue, raising awareness of the Society among the audience.
In March 2015 the Society arranged to have a Bliss work included in one of the regular Lunchtime
Recitals at Cheltenham Town Hall at which Rebeca Omordia played the Piano Suite.
At the Three Choirs Festivals in 2006 and 2015 (both in Hereford) we arranged highly enjoyable
social events, each of them taking place before a concert featuring Bliss work - a lunch out in the
country setting of Wyastone in 2006 and the Tea and Talk at The Left Bank complex, beautifully
situated by the river Avon, in July 2015.
From time to time our Vice-President Terry Barfoot includes Bliss work in his celebrated Arts in
Residence clasical music breaks. Several of our members have attended these, and details of
Bliss-related future programmes are always publicised here. One whose programme included Bliss
works was in Oct 2016.
Please let us know of any courses or events you hear about that you think
would interest our members.
Tim Harper will play his transcription
for organ of
the Bliss Colour Symphony
in Hereford Cathedral on
Tuesday 30th May at 1.15 pm
The AGM and recital will be held at St.
Andrew’s Church, Cheltenham on
Saturday, June 10th, 2017
Roger Jones’s reviews of previous AGM
recitals can be found on
MusicWeb’s Seen and Heard International
June 2015 July 2016