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

"A remarkable man who is insufficently recognized these days"

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Articles about Martin Shaw

It is hoped that the articles below will be of some assistance to enquirers until a full biography of Martin Shaw is published. Click on a title or picture to link to the relevant article. Print versions of the article can be printed off automatically from the article page. Please contact us if you wish to use or reproduce an article in whole or in part.

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A Daughter's Recollection of her Father

written by Shaw's daughter, the journalist and author Elizabeth Montgomery Campbell, to celebrate Martin Shaw’s centenary year. It is given as a reference in the monograph on Martin Shaw in Groves’ Dictionary.

Originally published in 1975 by the RSCM. © Elizabeth Montgomery Campbell

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An Introduction to Martin Shaw

this article is taken from the introduction to the catalogue made for the Martin Shaw Archive prior to its acquisition by The British Library.

© Bernard Quaritch Ltd.

The Shaw Brothers at Gresham's

Geoffrey and Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw has been described by Iain Burnside as "the missing link between Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten". Martin Shaw was associated with Gresham's School through his brother Geoffrey, who was Director of Music there. Their musical legacy was still very much in place when the young Britten arrived in the late 1920s.

The article is part of a longer article by Nathan Waring, current Director of Music at Gresham's, titled Music Hath Called Them, which charts the history of music at Gresham's School. © Nathan Waring

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The Airmen

Background information on the CD and all 36 songs.


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Recording Shaw for the First Time

Emeritus Professor George Odam writes about recording 36 of Shaw’s songs with Iain Burnside, Sophie Bevan, Andrew Kennedy and Roderick Williams.

First published by the British Music Society , December 2011. © George Odam

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A musicological article by Emeritus Professor George Odam, it gives further background information on this poignant song created at the start of WWI.

First published December 2011in Finzi Friends Magazine © George Odam

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Music and I: a Series of Talks with Notable Musicians

Martin Shaw discusses his music and the philosophy behind it.

© Martin Shaw Trust; first published c.1927

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The Purcell Operatic Society

The Purcell Operatic Society was founded in 1899 by Martin Shaw. Edward Gordon Craig , recognised today as the first modernist, was metteur en scene, producing revolutionary designs which continue to influence Western culture today.

References: Index to the Story of My Days by Edward Gordon Craig ©Craig Estate

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How WE Met: Edward Gordon Craig and Martin Shaw

Craig is increasingly recognized as the first Modernist. His designs for the theatre began with his friendship with Martin Shaw. Here he recounts how they first met, helping a group of stranded actors.

from: Index to the Story of my Days, Hulton Press, 1957. © Craig Estate

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Martin Shaw and Southwold

Emeritus Professor George Odam writes about the long connection Martin Shaw had with the Suffolk coastal town of Southwold.

First published 2011 by the Southwold Museum and Historical Society © George Odam

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Up to Now

A collection of contemporary newspaper reviews plus an overview of Shaw's delightful reminiscences written in the late 1920s.

Camberwell Green in the 1840s, with two figures in front of a grand house where Christopher Wren stayed whilst rebuilding St Pauls Cathedral

Finding Shaw's Birthplace

The address given for Martin Shaw’s birthplace on his birth certificate, 3 High Street, Lambeth, does not exist. Shaw’s grand-daughter Isobel Montgomery Campbell traces her search to find where Martin Shaw was born.

First published 2011 in Camberwell Quarterly © Isobel Montgomery Campbell

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Geoffrey Dearmer

A short biography of war poet and BBC broadcaster Geoffrey Dearmer, the son of Shaw's close friend and colleague Percy Dearmer.

First published 2010 in the Friends' Newsletter of Poems in the Waiting Room.

© Isobel Montgomery Campbell


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Singing Shaw

A short piece on the professional singers who originally sang Shaw's songs, including Mr Thorpe Bates and Madame Blanche Marchesi.



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Musicological and/or informative articles on the life and music of Dr. Martin Shaw are welcome, particularly those which have already been published elsewhere.

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