The Art of British Song

‘The Art of British Song’ was founded in 2020 to celebrate and showcase British song, its legacy and its future. By advocating the work of British composers in this field through further performances and recordings, the development and commissioning of new music, building audiences, and providing funding, we hope to share more widely our vision of British song – a rich, diverse and brilliant body of work, full of invention.

The first fruits of this venture are ‘100 years of British Song’, a 3-CD recording project by James Gilchrist and Nathan Williamson for SOMM Recordings. Volume I was released in October 2020, Vols II & III are scheduled for June 2021 and February 2022. The repertoire broadly ranges from the First World War to the present day. They include works by Ivor Gurney, Rebecca Clarke, Frank Bridge, Alan Bush, Peter Dickinson, Madeleine Dring, William Alwyn, and premiere recordings by Gustav Holst, Doreen Carwithen, Alan Rawsthorne, Elizabeth Maconchy, John Woolrich, Geoffrey Poole, and Nathan Williamson.

We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our Founder Patrons without whose support we would not have been able to begin this journey. If you are interested in supporting this work and enjoying the many benefits of becoming a Patron please contact us.

Founding Patrons
Peter and Brenda Berners-Price
Sir Winfried Bischoff
Dr. Alexander and Mrs. Briony Gimson
Lucinda Holmes
The Earl and Countess Howe
Mr. Andrew Knowles
The Catherine Lewis Foundation
Anthony and Jenny Newhouse
Charlie and Avril Payne
Nick Evans and Pippa Stobbs
James and Emmeline Winterbotham
as well as others who wish to remain anonymous.
Wol Balston
R. & J. Barclay
John Bennett
James Bergeron
Judy Booth
Anthony Boswood
Robert Bottone
Tony and Marie Brear
Stephen Brearley
Diana Burrell
Simon and Hilary Carrington
Judy Corkill
Mrs. C. Dunn
Penny Ewles-Bergeron
Bridget Falconer-Salkeld, widow of Robert Salkeld
Edmond and Liz Fivet
J. M. Franklin
Robert Gilchrist
Phillida Gili
Julian Hall
John Hawkins
Valerie Hazell
Dr. Nicholas Hopkinson
John LeGrove
Tim Light
In Memory of Philip James Morris, who loved music and his family
Richard Morris
John Mosesson
Sam and Megan Newhouse
Stephen Oliver
David Peddy
Ken and Sue Powell
Richard Rastall
John Sacks
Michael Shorrock
Fiona Smith, in memory of Julian Smith
Shirley Smith
Charlotte Stevenson
Christopher Stewart-Smith
Bill and Pirjo Strachan
Henry Thompson
John and Margaret Turner
Jenni Wake-Walker
Gerald Wakelin & Ivor Samuels