The Arthur Bliss Society
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___________________________________________________ The 2020 Annual Lunch was held on Friday, February 14th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Cheltenham.  We welcomed Andrew Burn (Chairman of the Bliss Trust), who treated us to a really enthralling talk on ‘Recording Recollections’, with particular emphasis on the Chandos CD issued last November of The EnchantressMary of Magdala and Meditations on a Theme by John Blow This year there were 36 diners, including our President Ian Venables, Mark Bebbington and Carol Secombe, granddaughter of Sir Arthur and Lady Bliss.  Always a stimulating and convivial occasion, it was particularly well timed to take place before the strictures of Covid19 so limited our ability to socialise in this way. ___________________________________________________ Events of 2019  Events of 2018  Events of 2017  Roger Jones’s  reviews of previous AGM recitals can be found on MusicWeb’s Seen and Heard International: June 2015July 2016  ___________________________________________________ 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 May 2011 Rupert Luck and Matthew Rickard performed the recently restored Violin Sonata at an event jointly sponsored by the Arthur Bliss Society and the Ivor Gurney Society. 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 Wye, in July 2015. From time to time our late Vice-President Terry Barfoot included Bliss work in his celebrated Arts in Residence classical music breaks and several of our members attended these. One whose programme included Bliss works was in Oct 2016.
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The BLISS STUDY DAY is POSTPONED until further notice Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD Organised by the Bliss Trust (Further details to follow)
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St Andrew’s Church, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham GL50 1SP at 2.15 pm on Saturday, October 2nd Talk by the Chairman of the Bliss Trust Andrew Burn Recital with works by Bliss and Finzi Daniel Bates (oboe), Katherine Spencer (clarinet) Eusebius Quartet (More details)
The 2021 AGM is on Saturday, October 2nd at 11.30 am in the Garden Room at St Andrew’s Church, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham GL50 1SP (More details)
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