CLIFFORD GILLAM (1927–2017)

CLIFFORD GILLAM (1927–2017)

Dr Clifford Wilfred Gillam, the founder of the original Arnold Bax Society, died peacefully on 2 June, seven weeks short of his 90th birthday. I first came across his name when I read an article by him in the Bax Society Bulletin of October 1968, p. 40. It was called ‘A Lost Work by Bax’ and began: ‘In 1953, when I was doing some research on Keats, I came across ...

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Review by Christopher Webber - Bax: Symphony No.2 (1924-6)

Self-quotation may be a sign of age, idleness or both; but I can’t avoid referring back to my 2007 review of this performance of Bax’s Symphony No.2, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Eugene Goossens in 1956 (Dutton CDBP 9779):If I’m less enthusiastic about the off-air Symphony No.2, that’s no reflection on Goossens’ vigorous attack and dramatic intensity, as impressive as any conductor recorded in this most urgent, ...

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Christopher Webber reviews the latest Naxos disc from the Carice Singers

Given the power of Bax’s symphonies and tone poems, it is easy sometimes to forget the equal mastery of his major piano and chamber works, let alone the best of his countless productions for the human voice. Hearing this excellent new recording of Bax’s major unaccompanied (or in one case, slightly accompanied) choral pieces is a reminder of their quality. Two of them – the magnificent Mater Ora Filium (1921) ...

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Interview with George Parris, founder and conductor of The Carice Singers

George Parris is a singer, conductor and scholar of early-twentieth-century Anglo-Irish music. He was awarded the Elgar Society's Certificate of Merit for initiating an Elgar Festival as his school, St Edward's Oxford. In the same year, he founded The Carice Singers, and has since directed the choir in a number of concerts and recordings. While studying at Cambridge, he was Artistic Director of the Sidney Sussex Arts Festival 2013 and ...

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Philip Mead's Private Invitation Concert

At 2 p.m. on the afternoon of Saturday, 14 January 2017, the distinguished pianist Philip Mead began a marathon all-Bax programme in the Recital Room of Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge—a very rare event that included two world premières. The concert was listed as a ‘private piano recital’, by invitation only, and thus the audience consisted of no more than about fifteen people. After a general introduction in which Mead ...

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CLIFFORD GILLAM (1927–2017)

CLIFFORD GILLAM (1927–2017)

Posted by Bax Admin on Dec 11, 20171
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Review by Christopher Webber - Bax: Symphony No.2 (1924-6)

Posted by Bax Admin on Dec 11, 20172
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Christopher Webber reviews the latest Naxos disc from the Carice ...

Posted by Bax Admin on Jun 12, 20173
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Interview with George Parris

Posted by Bax Admin on Jun 12, 20174
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Philip Mead's Private Invitation Concert

Posted by Bax Admin on Mar 9, 20175
 

Welcome to the Sir Arnold Bax Web Site

The purpose of this web site is to provide information on the music of Sir Arnold Bax and to promote those musicians who perform his music. Here you can learn about Bax by reading interviews, essays and articles on his life and music as well as reviews of the latest recordings and concerts featuring his music. Each month this site will be updated to include new editorials, announcements, concert information and reviews. This site also provides an extensive biography and discography that is updated regularly. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about the composer or are trying to locate scores for performing purposes. I am also eager to hear from all those who would like to share their enthusiasm for the music of this great composer. Please contact me at rybergadams@hotmail.com.