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The Federation has a new Chairman !
Julian Lloyd Webber OBE
FRMS - WHO ARE WE?
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.
ADVANTAGES OF AFFILIATION TO THE FRMS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Ive ever known and he
will be much missed.
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.
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