Federation of Recorded Music Societies
(President - Julian Lloyd Webber)

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Meet Julian Lloyd Webber
our President

FRMS weekend
at Ilkley 2020

The weekend cannot now take place in April. It has been postponed to the first weekend in October, Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th. Some adjustment to the programme will be necessary but we are pleased to confirm that the live recital by singers from Welsh National Opera will still be included.

Although all bookings have been transferred to the new date it has not been possible to notify all participants individually. Bookings were made directly with the hotel, but the hotel is now closed with administrative staff working from home and unable to access the booking forms. If you know of anyone who may be wondering what the situation is please feel free to make them aware of this.

The hotel is not likely to reopen until the first two weeks of May at the earliest, although government sources now suggest that the lockdown could last until June. When the hotel does reopen it can be contacted by phone on 01943 430001 or email at sales@craiglands.co.uk

Further details will be announced nearer the new date.

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New feature - stories from the societies

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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:

Recordings of live orchestral concerts mainly given by Eastern European Orchestras in the 1960's and 1970's made by recording engineer Geoffrey Terry.

Despite the many years that have passed, the quality of sound is equal to any recordings available. Terry made the recordings with a method called Certified Natural Sound Technique Recording (CNSTR), using only two microphones positioned above and to the front of the orchestra. This is said to yield a much more naturalistic sound, nearer to the experience in the concert hall than conventional multi-mic recording.



John Davies

Another sad announcement: John Davies has died.


Tony Pook

We regret to announce the death recently of Tony Pook.


Coronavirus: Advice to Societies

The earlier advice to societies that they should decide for themselves whether to suspend activities has clearly been overtaken by events, and all societies will by now have suspended their activities. Even when restrictions are eased, however, societies may not find it easy to resume meeting as normal. If any societies have difficulty in this respect, secretaries (or other officers) should feel free to contact the Federation Secretary or any other committee member for advice and possible assistance.


Please note that under the present circumstances there may be some delay before cheques sent to the treasurer can be banked.


Vinyl - New Opportunity
If you have any old vinyl records you want to get rid of, we have found a shop willing to buy them.
Please contact George Steele
on 01706 525630 or george@pegasusphoto.co.uk
and he will pass on your details to the shop.

Newspaper report of AGM 2019

Pictures from AGM 2019

Norwich Opera Club celebrates
50 years in 2020

Another good article on the benefits of vinyl

Watch great great grandson of Liszt playing La Campanella
(lower down same page him playing at age 7)

American website with useful technical information on turntables

Please note latest COPYRIGHT information

New Opera Links (from a reader)



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

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

Notice from WebMaster re- colours


Useful Links to other music websites
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