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(President - Julian Lloyd Webber)

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The Federation has a new Chairman !


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Meet Julian Lloyd Webber OBE
our President


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 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:

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Based in Royal Leamington Spa, UK, Presto Music is the UK’s leading ecommerce site for classical and jazz recordings (CDs, DVDs, high quality downloads and vinyl), printed music, music books and musical instruments. Founded in 1986 as a small high street shop, the Presto Music website was started in 2001 and has grown into one of the most significant online sites for music products in the world.

The business was formerly known as Presto Classical. Their history, from beginning as a sheet music shop in 1986, is worth reading.



Engish Music Festival

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This year's English Music Festival will run from 22th to 27th May in Dorchester on Thames. See the programme and booking form, and the festival website.


Farley Music Festival

This year's festival will run from 18th to 23rd June. Tickets are now available from the festival website.

Pianist Nicholas Walker, the festival's music director, is playing two concerts at the Wigmore Hall on Saturday 27th April. Both will feature music by Balakirev, including his Piano Sonata in B flat minor and the famously difficult 'Islamey'.


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.



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

Starting your own society
Presenting a programme
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Music courses on DVD/CD
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