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Fees and insurance during the pandemic: A Letter From the Chairman
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.
Christmas is long past, but given we are still 'in the bleak mid-winter', here's an interesting article about the composer of Britain's favourite carol.
The death of John Gilks, a former Chairman of the FRMS, was announced last year. Gavin Mist of York RMS has sent us this appreciation of John.
Appreciations of several other recently deceased officers of the Society have been gathered together in our new In Memoriam page.
FRMS Vice Chairman, George Steele, reports that the members of his society, Rochdale Gramophone Society, are hoping to celebrate their centenary later this year as and when the lockdown restrictions are lifted. Rochdale GS is the second oldest society in the FRMS.
The amusing story of their first meeting can be found on our stories from the societies page.
From that early beginning they prospered over the years, although current numbers are quite low. Like many societies their membership has grown older but is still loyal.
Farley Music Festival
The festival's music committee intends to go ahead with a festival of some kind on the dates 22–27 June 2021. The festival normally takes place in All Saints Church, Farley, a few miles north-east of Salisbury.
We regret to announce the death recently of Tony Baines, a vice-president of the FRMS
The full set of Bulletins of the FRMS, from 1999 to the final edition in Autumn 2018, can be browsed on the previous bulletins page.
Copies of previous FRMS newsletters, dating back to 2006, are now available to browse from the link in the left panel. Or just click here.
This society has responded creatively to the lockdown by taking to the airwaves.
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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