Federation of Recorded Music Societies
(President - Julian Lloyd Webber)
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We congratulate our President on receiving the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List!
Julian Lloyd Webber
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.
Arts In Residence
Last month's featured link was to Arts in Residence. We learned only today that well-known presenter Terry Barfoot, who ran the organisation, had passed away last August, and that, consequently, Arts In Residence is no longer in operation.
Farley Music Festival
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The festival runs from 29th June–4th July 2021. Audience numbers will be reduced to allow for social distancing. The setting for the festival is All Saints Church, Farley, a few miles north-east of Salisbury.
Fees and Insurance
A letter From the Chairman concerning FRMS fees and insurance during the year of the pandemic.
Christmas is long past and spring is here at last. Here's an interesting article about the composer of Britain's favourite carol.
The death of John Gilks, a former Chairman of the FRMS, was announced last year. Gavin Mist of York RMS has sent us this appreciation of John.
Appreciations of several other recently deceased officers of the Society have been gathered together in our new In Memoriam page.
FRMS Vice Chairman, George Steele, reports that the members of his society, Rochdale Gramophone Society, are hoping to celebrate their centenary later this year as and when the lockdown restrictions are lifted. Rochdale GS is the second oldest society in the FRMS.
The amusing story of their first meeting can be found on our stories from the societies page.
From that early beginning they prospered over the years, although current numbers are quite low. Like many societies their membership has grown older but is still loyal.
We regret to announce the death recently of Tony Baines, a vice-president of the FRMS
The full set of Bulletins of the FRMS, from 1999 to the final edition in Autumn 2018, can be browsed on the previous bulletins page.
Copies of previous FRMS newsletters, dating back to 2006, are now available to browse from the link in the left panel. Or just click here.
This society has responded creatively to the lockdown by taking to the airwaves.
There is a wide range of resources which societies might find of value.
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