It is a great honour to become a Vice-President of
the Arthur Bliss Society. I well remember hearing
Rudolf Schwarz conduct the Meditations on a
Theme of John Blow more than twenty years ago,
and immediately being struck that here was one of
the great works of British music. To this day it
firmly remains one of my favourite orchestral
I believe that Bliss is a composer who is under-
valued in our national musical life, and that it is
important that his music should be more widely
known and more frequently performed. In this
regard the work of the Arthur Bliss Society plays a
crucial role, since those of us fortunate enough to
have discovered the rewards of this repertoire
should seek to share our awareness and
enthusiasm at every opportunity.
Again and again the music of Sir Arthur Bliss meets his own exacting demands: "If I were
to define my musical goal, it would be to try for an emotion truly and clearly felt, and
caught for ever in a formal perfection."
Terry Barfoot is a well known figure in the musical life of southern England. He gives pre-concert
lectures at Portsmouth Guildhall and The Lighthouse, Poole, and has for many years given
presentations at music clubs and festivals throughout the country. He works regularly at Oxford
University, where in summer 2009 he gave a series of lectures on the music of Vaughan Williams.
Terry has written for various publications, including Classical Music, Opera Now, BBC Music
Magazine and MusicWeb, while for seven years he was editor of the Classical Music Repertoire
Guide. His book Opera: A History was published by TheBodley Head, and subsequently issued as
an Arrow paperback. He contributed to The International Dictionary of Opera, published in
Chicago, and to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He writes programme notes
for many of the leadingBritish festivals and orchestras, including the BBC National Orchestra of
Wales and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, for whom he is Publications Consultant. He
has written CD insert notes for EMI, Chandos, Virgin Classics, Regis and ASV.
Recent projects include a lecture on Elgar’s The Kingdom at the Three Choirs Festival, Hereford,
and on The Apostles for the national conference of the Elgar Society. He has lectured on
Beethoven at a conference in Cologne, and has worked on the Razumovsky Quartets with the
Brodowski String Quartet. He led a week-longconference on Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen
at Périgueux in France, on Strauss’s DieFrau ohne schatten at Earnley, Chichester, and led opera
tours to Budapest and Prague. In 2010 he toured Amsterdam and Berlin, as well as organising
several conferences in the U.K. with a particular focus on British music, including that of Bliss.
With his own company, Arts in Residence, he promotes musical events at agreeable locations in
Britain and in Europe.
The Arthur Bliss Society