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President: Ian Venables

Peter Ainsworth
Terry Barfoot

 Chairman: Gerald Towell

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Sir Arthur Bliss 1929

Sir Arthur Bliss


The 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, wrote 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 have 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. The latest issue has just been sent out. 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 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.

We also put notice of works played on UK radio if we spot them in the listings in time.

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 sixth, 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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