The Telegraph online obituary is at
The Arthur Bliss Society
An obituary was published in the Liverpool Daily Post on Monday 1 December 2008.
More tributes were printed in our Newsletter of Spring 2009.
An obituary was printed in the Times of Thursday 27 November 2008.
Sir Arthur and Lady Bliss on his 80th birthday
Donald Price / Telegraph Group Ltd]
and was printed in the Daily Telegraph of Saturday 22 November 2008.
Lady Bliss died on Friday 21 November 2008
at the age of 104.
Our Chairman's tribute appeared on our Home Page for
some time thereafter, and we now reproduce it here
below, together with details of where to find online the
obituaries that were published in the national press.
Most of the Society's Committee were able to attend the
Funeral Service and Thanksgiving for her life, which
took place on Thursday 11 December at St Mary
Abbots, Kensington. It was conducted by the Vicar, the
Revd Gillean Craig.
Friday November 21st 2008
With the deepest sadness we have to announce that
Lady Bliss died this morning. We extend our sincere
sympathy to her daughters and the family
Lady Bliss was an inspirational and unique lady, who
took a great interest in people and in everything that
was happening in the world. She was a treasured
friend to so many. Her generosity of spirit was
As President she took a great interest in the Society
and was always ready to give advice and assistance.
By a sombre coincidence it happened that today most
of the Society's Committee had travelled to Wiltshire to
the home of our Vice-President, George Dannatt, for a
meeting and were there when the news of Lady Bliss's
death came through.
A minute's silence was kept, and at my request John
Wright played the Sarabande for Bliss composed by
Joseph Horovitz as part of the offering by a number of
composers on the occasion of Sir Arthur's eightieth
birthday in 1971.
She will be sadly missed.
In the Netherlands on Saturday 22 November the Tricinium
Chamber Choir performed Pastoral (Lie Strewn the White Flocks)
in Nieuwkoop. When David Wilby sent Bernard Mooy a message
of good wishes beforehand he informed him of Lady Bliss's death.
Following this, the concert was dedicated to her memory.
Richard Hickox : It has been a very sad period for lovers of
British music - the loss of Vernon Handley, Lady Bliss and now
Richard Hickox. They will all be greatly missed as each contributed
in so many ways to the musical life of this country and in particular
to the promotion of British music. We are all indebted to them for
their enthusiasm and love of this music which has brought great
joy and pleasure to our lives. We were all looking forward so
eagerly to going to The Barbican next June and November to see
Richard Hickox conducting Morning Heroes and The Beatitudes.
(These concerts are now cancelled.) Amongst the legacy of great
recordings he has left there are two very fine Bliss CDs: Pastoral
'Lie strewn the white flocks' and Music For Strings with Della
Jones, The Sinfonia Chorus and Northern Sinfonia, and a very
rare and fine recording of the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
and A Colour Symphony with Lydia Mordkovitch and the BBC
National Orchestra of Wales - both on Chandos. Plans were in the
pipeline for him to record The Beatitudes. Most members of the
Society's Committee belong to the Charlton Kings Choral Society.
The choir has performed Pastoral twice, once with Lady Bliss and
her daughter Karen in the audience, and Morning Heroes. Lady
Bliss was not able to be present at this latter concert but gave
great support. Before the rehearsal on 26 November John Wright,
the Conductor of the Choir and Editor of the Society's Newsletter,
played Finale and The Shepherd's Night Song in memory of Lady
Bliss, from the Hickox recording.