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

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Meet Julian Lloyd Webber
our President

Annual General Meeting 2020

Because of the continuing restrictions due to COVID‑19, the AGM was conducted online this year with Zoom. While it was a lower-key event than usual, delegates appreciated the opportunity to see faces and discuss the current challenges facing societies.

You can see a snapshot of the attendees on the FRMS Events Page and refer to the agenda, minutes and reports.

FRMS weekend at Ilkley

Rescheduled to March 2021

Update 10/08/20

As it now seems likely that social distancing rules will still be in place in October, a further postponement has been arranged. It is now intended that the event will take place from 26th to 28th March 2021.

Some adjustment to the programme may be necessary but at the time of writing (early August) we hope that all the original presenters and recitalists will be able to be with us.

All bookings and payments have been transferred to the new date, and as bookings were made directly with the hotel we have asked the hotel to notify participants individually. This may take a little while, so if you know of anyone who may be wondering what the situation is please feel free to make them aware of this.

The hotel has now reopened and can be contacted by e-mail at sales@craiglands.co.uk or by phone on 01943 430001. The postal address is Best Western Craiglands Hotel, Cowpasture Road, Ilkley LS29 8RG.

It may be possible to accept additional bookings for the new dates. If you are interested please e-mail chairman@thefrms.co.uk for further information.



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:

'The Record Collector' is the journal for the collector of recordings of the great opera singers of the past. Now in its 73rd year of publication.


Past Bulletins

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.


Covid-19: Advice to Societies Update


Newsletter Archive

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.


Bradford-on-Avon RMS

This society has responded creatively to the lockdown by taking to the airwaves.


John Davies

Another sad announcement: John Davies has died.


Tony Pook

We regret to announce the death recently of Tony Pook.



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

Sell Your Unwanted Vinyl

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

AGM 2019

Newspaper report and Pictures

Norwich Opera Club

celebrates 50 years in 2020

Another good article on the benefits of vinyl

Watch the great-great-grandson of Liszt playing La Campanella

Lower down on the same page: him playing at age 7

American website with useful technical information on turntables

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
Email Contacts

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