Federation of Recorded Music Societies
(President - Julian Lloyd Webber)
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Julian Lloyd Webber
FRMS - WHO ARE WE?
The Federation of Recorded Music Societies (FRMS) can claim to have played its part in developing greater enthusiasm and understanding of recorded classical music over a substantial portion of the past century.
The Federation was formed in 1936 as the National Federation of Gramophone Societies. Although the title has changed to reflect more recent developments, the aims of the movement have remained basically unaltered and the attraction is still present in the 21st century as well over 100 societies continue to meet on a regular basis.
ADVANTAGES OF AFFILIATION TO THE FRMS
The Federation was formed in 1936 as a voluntary association of societies in the British Isles for the purpose of protecting their interests and furthering their aims. Twenty-three Societies originally affiliated - now the number is well over 100. Our main function is to manage licensing arrangements with Performing Right Society Ltd (PRS) and Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) for the licences necessary for performing recorded music in public, on terms favourable to our members. The fees are greatly reduced from those normally applied by these organisations for individual licences. A particular benefit of this arrangement is that it is the society itself that is licensed and not the premises. This means that the society is covered for PRS and PPL wherever it chooses to meet.
Each month we highlight below one of the links on our Links Page for your special attention:
There are hundreds of historic Classical music recordings on the Pristine Audio label, and they're all here to purchase as downloads or CDs. Pristine Audio has pioneered revolutionary new restoration techniques, which can be heard to fullest effect on their critically-acclaimed XR- remastered and Ambient Stereo recordings.
This society has responded creatively to the lockdown by taking to the airwaves.
Another sad announcement: John Davies has died.
We regret to announce the death recently of Tony Pook.
Coronavirus: Advice to Societies
The earlier advice to societies that they should decide for themselves whether to suspend activities has clearly been overtaken by events, and all societies will by now have suspended their activities. Even when restrictions are eased, however, societies may not find it easy to resume meeting as normal. If any societies have difficulty in this respect, secretaries (or other officers) should feel free to contact the Federation Secretary or any other committee member for advice and possible assistance.
Please note that under the present circumstances there may be some delay before cheques sent to the treasurer can be banked.
Sell Your Unwanted Vinyl
If you have any old vinyl records you
want to get rid of, we have found a shop willing to buy them. Please
contact George Steele
Norwich Opera Club
celebrates 50 years in 2020
Lower down on the same page: him playing at age 7
Opera Links (from a reader)
There is a wide range of resources which societies might find of value.
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