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2011 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of:-
George French Flowers
Ann Shepherd Mounsey
2011 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of:-
Herbert Francis Sharpe
2011 is the Centenary of the birth of:-
Perhaps the most deserving of the above list are Franz Reizenstein and Phyllis Tate, although I do know that a lot of interest has been generated about Stanley Bate after the recent release of his fine Fourth Symphony on the Dutton Label.
Sidney Jones is best recalled for operetta The Geisha Girl and Lionel Monckton is still remembered for the musical The Arcadians.
Ann Mounsey certainly deserves our interest –she was born in London, became organist at St. Peter’s Cornhill and composed music for organ, piano and guitar. Her oratorio The Nativity was performed at St Martin's Hall, London in 1855.
A number of important works have their composition or performance centenary this year:-
Charles Villiers Stanford: Symphony No.7 (performed 1912)
Ethel Smyth: March of the Women
Edward German: Coronation March and Hymn
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs
Gustav Holst: Invocation for Cello & orchestra; Second Suite in F for Military Band
Samuel Coleridge: Taylor Violin Concerto
Roger Quilter: Where the Rainbow Ends – incidental music
Frank Bridge: The Sea
And the best news of all is that all these pieces are avialable in one form or another on CD or MP3!