The Arthur Bliss Society
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 which 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 are able to attend 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. If no one from the Committee can attend a concert, publicity leaflets are sent in advance to the performers or to the venue, raising awareness of the Society among the audience. 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 classical 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.
Tim Harper will play his transcription for organ of the Bliss Colour Symphony in Hereford Cathedral on Tuesday 30th May at 1.15 pm
The AGM and recital will be held at St. Andrew’s Church, Cheltenham on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 (more details) Roger Jones’s  reviews of previous AGM recitals can be found on MusicWeb’s Seen and Heard International  June 2015         July 2016 
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