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Covid19 – Advice to Societies

In the light of the relaxation of government restrictions, here is our current advice on resuming meetings. It contains a risk assessment template which societies may like to use as a basis for regulating their meetings. Click here to download the advice and template to your computer as a Word document.

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The Federation of Recorded Music Societies (FRMS) can claim to have played its part in developing greater enthusiasm and understanding of recorded classical music over a substantial portion of the past century.

The Federation was formed in 1936 as the National Federation of Gramophone Societies. Although the title has changed to reflect more recent developments, the aims of the movement have remained basically unaltered and the attraction is still present in the 21st century as well over 100 societies continue to meet on a regular basis.



The Federation was formed in 1936 as a voluntary association of societies in the British Isles for the purpose of protecting their interests and furthering their aims. Twenty-three Societies originally affiliated - now the number is well over 100. Our main function is to manage licensing arrangements with Performing Right Society Ltd (PRS) and Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) for the licences necessary for performing recorded music in public, on terms favourable to our members. The fees are greatly reduced from those normally applied by these organisations for individual licences. A particular benefit of this arrangement is that it is the society itself that is licensed and not the premises. This means that the society is covered for PRS and PPL wherever it chooses to meet.



Each month we highlight below one of the links on our Links Page for your special attention:

Open Concerts and Recitals is a classified directory with Google maps of over 5,000 Websites - organizers, performers, venues - listing forthcoming classical music concerts and recitals in the UK. Includes many recorded music societies.


AGM 2023

The AGM was held over Zoom on 04/11/2023. Allan Child stepped down as Chairman after over a decade in the post. Our new Chairman is Tony Sanderson. See our events page for a picture of the partcipants and other details.


Latest Newsletter

The September 2023 edition is available here.

The Committee is immensely grateful to Simon Rawlings for editing nine excellent issues of the newsletter over the past four years. They are looking for a new editor: please contact the FRMS Secretary if you would be interested in taking it on.


Naxos Music Library

Julian at Naxos kindly responded to my query and supplied a link which does grant free access using an Edinburgh City Library borrower number.

The problem seems to be with the links on Naxos's public libraries page. Here is a workaround. Go to that page, scroll down and select your country (United Kingdom) and then select your library name from the following dropdown. This will display a web address link below it. E.g.


for Buckinghamshire Libraries. DO NOT CLICK THE LINK. Instead, highlight and copy the TEXT of the link, then paste it into the address bar of your browser.


Tony Walker

We are sad to hear of the death of Tony Walker, founder member and longtime chairman of Lewisham RMS. Tony was a regular presenter at societies across the Southeast region and a stalwart supporter of Federation events. Ian Bailey has sent us this tribute to Tony. Details of the funeral on 4th July in Bromley can be found here.


Torbay 2023

The 2023 Torbay Musical Weekend will take place in November at the Grand Hotel, Torquay.



BBC Music Cuts

Our President, Julian Lloyd Webber, has strongly condemned the BBC's proposed drastic cuts to its classical music groups. On his Twitter feed you can find a readable picture of his article in Radio Times,


Music Weekend Cancelled

Sadly, we have had to cancel the planned Derby musical event in April. There have been insufficient bookings by members to make the event viable.


New Feature!
Sample Presentations

Not sure how to prepare a musical presentation to your society? See our new page with ideas contributed by members, complete with downloadable notes and playlists. There is a permanent link to it in the Resources panel at the foot of this page.



Reviewers Wanted!

Many of us will have made extensive use of the MusicWeb International review site. Site founder Len Mullenger (a former FRMS committee member) is looking for new reviewers. See this document for further details.


Graham Ladley

We heard recently that Graham Ladley, a longstanding member of Oswestry RMS, passed away on 17th November after a few months of declining health. Paul Astell, Chairman of Oswestry RMS and FRMS Vice-President, writes: “For many years Graham was a good friend to me, our society and the recorded music movement in general. He served in all the officer roles at our society and had been President since 2014. He was one of the wisest and most knowledgeable people I’ve ever known and he will be much missed.”

FRMS Chairman, Allan Child, adds: “I knew Graham as one of those people who get on with a job quietly and without fuss. He served on the FRMS Committee for a time, and had previously played an impartial rôle in helping to resolve tensions within the Federation – all with a generous amount of good humour and common sense.”

We extend our sympathy to members of his family and of Oswestry RMS.


The Reluctant Symphonist

Dennis Darling, of Weston-Super-Mare Music Appreciation Society, has sent us this interesting piece on the genesis of Ralph Vaughan Williams' second symphony.



There is a wide range of resources which societies might find of value.

Starting your own society
Presenting a programme
Sample Presentations
Presenters Panel
Useful database program for keeping track of programmes/presenters/pieces played
Music courses on DVD/CD
On Vinyl

Notice from Website Manager re- colours


Useful Links to other music websites
Email Contacts
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