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Meet Julian Lloyd Webber OBE
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Covid19 – Advice to Societies

In the light of the relaxation of government restrictions, here is our current advice on resuming meetings. It contains a risk assessment template which societies may like to use as a basis for regulating their meetings. Click here to download the advice and template to your computer as a Word document.


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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.



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:

Sir Lennox Berkeley (1903–1989) studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, where he was influenced by Ravel and Poulenc and by the neo-classical style of Stravinsky. The Lennox Berkeley Society was formed in 2000 to promote and support his music. The Society's website lists over 200 recordings and gives details of performances and membership. The president of the society is Radio 3 Breakfast presenter Petroc Trelawny.


John Passmore

Adrian Falks, former chairman of Carshalton RMS, has sent this tribute to the late John Passmore.

Ilkley Weekend

The FRMS Music Weekend at Ilkley took place at the end of March at last, two years after originally planned. A set of superb talks, capped on the Sunday morning by a glorious and at times hilarious recital by three singers from Welsh National Opera. Here are some pictures from the event.

If you weren't able to attend and would like to see what you missed, have a look at the programme. However, note that in a late change to it, George Steele graciously conceded his Saturday afternoon spot to Tim Lihoreau, who treated us to a history of the first 30 years of Classic FM (including all the jingles).

Farley Music Festival

Farley Music Festival is back this year with full audience numbers. 28th June - 3rd July. Tickets still available at 24th June!

Advice on Downloads and Streaming

A member recently enquired about the use of music downloads and live streaming of music from the internet. Here is an updated version of some advice that was published some years ago in the Bulletin. (Note there is a permanent link under 'FRMS BACKGROUND INFORMATION' in the left panel).


The January edition is now available for you to read.

Jim Bostwick

We are very sad to announce the death of FRMS Vice-President Jim Bostwick, who passed away on the 20th December.

The funeral service will take place on the 17th January at Lawnswood Crematorium in Leeds. Those who might wish to attend can view the funeral arrangements here. If you do plan to attend, please let the family know by completing this form.


Rochdale 90th Anniversary Bash

Rochdale Gramophone Society celebrated its 90th anniversary on Friday 19 November with a lunch at the Royal Toby Hotel, attended by FRMS Chairman Allan Child. Local news site Rochdale Online reported the event.


John J Davis

Michael Collop has sent us a tribute to the late John J. Davis, founder of the Torbay RMS and international authority on Sibelius.


Havergal Brian's 'Faust'

The Havergal Brian Society has announced the first recording, indeed the first ever performance, of Havergal Brian's opera Faust. Dutton is releasing the recording to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the composer's death. More details on the Dutton website.


Gigli Archive

David Cutler is looking for a home for a large archive of recordings and other material relating to the great tenor Beniamino Gigli. Click here for more details.


Brendan Sadler

Street and Glastonbury Recorded Music Group mourns the recent passing of Brendan Sadler, who served on the FRMS committee for several years.


Torbay 2021

The Torbay Musical Weekend will take place on 19th–21st November.


Beethoven's Life

The newest recruit to our Presenters Panel, Stephen Davis, has kindly sent us a copy of his essay on the Life and Music of Ludwig van Beethoven.



Hot off the presses, our September newletter is here for you to read.


Mick Birchall

We regret to announce the death recently of long-standing FRMS Committee member Mick Birchall.









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