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British Library Song Recital & Symposium: 17th September 1.00 - 5.30pm

The Martin Shaw Society, in association with the British Library, is preparing a symposium on Martin Shaw and his works. It will be held on Monday September 17th 2018, 1- 5.30pm. It will take place in the Knowledge Centre of the British Library. Chaired by Professor Dr John Harper, former Director General of the RSCM, the panel of contributing academics are:Professor Jeremy Dibble, Dr Jonathan Clinch, Dr Paul Rodmell, Professor George Odam, and Michael Meredith of Eton College Archives. Tickets will soon be available from the British Library Events website.

Book Song Recital here

Book for Symposium here

The event will begin with a free lunchtime recital of Shaw's songs by Philip Smith (baritone) and Iain Farrington (piano) to celebrate the launch of The Greater Light, a Martin Shaw Compendium. Edited by Stephen Connock and Isobel Montgomery Campbell with an introduction by Professor Dr John Harper, the compendium includes, among other things, a full catalogue of works (over 500 titles), a selection of 100 letters to and from Martin Shaw, (including correspondence with TS Eliot, Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams), Shaw's autobiographical reminiscences Up to Now (1929) and Princples of English Church Music Composition.


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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.