Federation of Recorded Music Societies
(President - Julian Lloyd Webber)

Do you like Music?
Do you enjoy it more in the company of other like-minded people?
A Recorded Music Society might be just the thing for you!

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FRMS weekend
at Ilkley 2020

The weekend cannot now take place in April. It has been postponed to the first weekend in October, Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th. Some adjustment to the programme will be necessary but we are pleased to confirm that the live recital by singers from Welsh National Opera will still be included.

All bookings have been transferred to the new date and, as bookings were made directly with the hotel, participants should be hearing from the hotel. Please contact the hotel if you have not been contacted within a few days of today, 23/03/20.
Tel: 01943 430001 or sales@craiglands.co.uk

Further details will be announced nearer the new date.


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New feature - stories from the societies

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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 will highlight one of the links on our Links Page for your special attention.

Opera Links

A series of very useful links provided by one of our readers in the USA


Coronavirus: Advice for Societies

Officers of affiliated societies will no doubt be aware of current recommendations and precautions in the current crisis due to coronavirus, and be considering whether or not to suspend meeting for the time being.

This is a decision which each society must make for itself based on the society’s particular circumstances. Members of the Federation committee are aware that a number of societies have already decided to suspend meetings, or had such a decision imposed on them by the operators of their meeting place.

As far as the Federation is concerned, our advice is that a society should consider suspending meetings, particularly if most of its members are in one or other of the most vulnerable groups. In coming to a decision on this, close attention should be paid to the latest government advice, which can be found at



Change of Webmaster
From the beginning of March 2020 Ron Mitchell will be taking over as Webmaster with George Steele as his assistant and photographer. webmaster@thefrms.co.uk will send things directly to Ron

Vinyl - New Opportunity
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
on 01706 525630 or george@pegasusphoto.co.uk
and he will pass on your details to the shop.

Newspaper report of AGM 2019

Pictures from AGM 2019

Norwich Opera Club celebrates
50 years in 2020

Another good article on the benefits of vinyl

Watch great great grandson of Liszt playing La Campanella
(lower down same page him playing at age 7)

American website with useful technical information on turntables

Please note latest COPYRIGHT information

New Opera Links (from a reader)



There is a wide range of resources which societies might find of value.

Starting your own society
Presenting a programme
Free CDs and tapes are on offer as is a presentation to societies.from The George Lloyd Music Library
Presenters Panel
Useful database program for keeping track of programmes/presenters/pieces played
Music courses on DVD/CD

Notice from WebMaster re- colours


Useful Links to other music websites
Email Contacts

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