The website for Dr Martin Shaw OBE FRCM (1875 –1958)

" ...cursed be the congregations, choirmasters and organists who do not listen to Martin!"

Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1955

NEWLY PUBLISHED

ESSENTIAL FOR THE RESEARCHER : A DELIGHT FOR THE CURIOUS

black and white photo o Martin Shaw looking into the distance superimposed on a field of yellow flowers

Discover the intriguing life and music of Dr Martin Shaw, possibly the most prolific composer of his day. One of a bohemian set of Chelsea artists and actors at the dawn of the 20th Century, he was Director of Music for the tragic Isadora Duncan, influenced the emergent 'Englishness' of music at the time; composed for people from all walks of life: for a choir of 400 singers to professional soloists to small children; was admired by his fellow composers and, at the end of his life, the young Benjamin Britten, who asked him to compose a piece for the first Aldeburgh Festival.

THIS MAJOR REFERENCE SOURCE CONTAINS:

  • Appreciations by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Erik Routley and his daughter Elizabeth Montgomery Campbell
  • Republication of 'Up to Now' and Shaw's handbook on 'The Principles of English Church Music Composition'
  • 100 letters to and from Martin Shaw. Correspondents include Ralph Vaughan Williams, T S Eliot, Benjamin Britten, Edward Gordon Craig, Maude Royden and many others.
  • A full and complete Catalogue of Works with three Indexes
  • CLICK TO BUY FROM ALBION MUSIC LTD

 

FORTHCOMING EVENTS:

 

rscm choral festival

Martin Shaw's music will feature in the Area Festival for the Essex and East London area of the Royal School of Church Music. This is a 'come and sing' event for choirs and individual singers, and will be led by James Davy, Master of the Music.

CHELMSFORD CATHEDRAL SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29 2018

ALL SINGERS WELCOME

REGISTRATION AT 10 am

FESTIVAL SERVICE 4 pm

For more information e-mail shirleytimmins@btinternet.com

Click here for DIRECTIONS

 

Download the latest copy of Martin Shaw News for more information on these and other events

 

Newly re-Orchestrated

The following three works have been re-orchestrated, and are now available on request:

Sursum Corda, available from Music Sales, was composed in 1933 with words written specially by Laurence Binyon. (15 mins)

Easter, a play for singers: is also available through Music Sales. Inspired by the medieval mystery plays, the play was written in 1929 with words by John Masefield. Set outside Christ's tomb in the early hours of Easter morning it has solo parts for twelve singers ,together with a double choir of angels. (30 mins)

The Changing Year is now available from Stainer and Bell. A secular cantata, written for the Festival of Britain in 1951, it was first performed at Colchester. As with Shaw's oratorio The Redeemer, the words are chosen from the canon of English verse by Shaw's wife, Joan Cobbold. (45 mins).

 

Recording made in 1975 by the Broadheath Singers with the Winsor Sinfonia, conducted by Robert Tucker. Full recording available on request.