The AGM and recital will be held at St. Andrew’s Church,
Cheltenham on Saturday, June 10th.2017
Roger Jones’s reviews of previous AGM recitals can be found on
MusicWeb’s Seen and Heard International site
June 2015 July 2016
The annual Lunch 2017 was held at the Queens Hotel, Cheltenham on Monday, January 16th, and was
attended by forty one members and friends, including our President, Ian Venables, and the Chairman of
the Bliss Trust, Andrew Burn. We were delighted to welcome two of our patrons, Mark Bebbington and
James Gilchrist, who each gave a short preliminary description of their experiences in performing the Bliss
works they had selected from their recent recordings for us to hear.
The Society arranges occasional gatherings of members and friends for informal pub/restaurant lunches
or pre-concert suppers whenever Committee members can get to concerts where Bliss works are being
played. We have enjoyed meeting members and friends in London, Luton, Harrogate, Worcester,
Hereford, Shrewsbury and elsewhere, as well as nearer to our own base in Cheltenham.
Even if no one from the Committee can attend a concert, publicity brochures are sent to the performers or
the venue in advance to raise awareness among the audience of the Society's existence.
In March 2015 the Society arranged to have a Bliss work included in one of the regular Lunchtime
Recitals at Cheltenham Town Hall at which Rebeca Omordia played the Piano Suite.
At the Three Choirs Festivals in 2006 and 2015 (both in Hereford) we arranged highly enjoyable social
events, each of them taking place before a concert featuring Bliss work - a lunch out in the country setting
of Wyastone in 2006 and the Tea and Talk at The Left Bank complex, beautifully situated by the river
Avon, in July 2015.
From time to time our Vice-President Terry Barfoot includes Bliss work in his celebrated Arts in Residence
clasical music breaks. Several of our members have attended these, and details of Bliss-related future
programmes are always publicised here. One whose programme included Bliss works was in Oct 2016.
Please let us know of any courses or events you hear about that you think
would interest our members.
The Arthur Bliss Society