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Please read our bulletin here (November 2013)
Milford's Violin Concerto received its first concert performance since the 1940s on November 28th. See a review here. It is to be recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Watford Colosseum in January 2014, by EM Records. Disc cover on right. Please see the video about it here.
A trunk containing Robin's engagement diaries, photograph albums, many letters and the 'lost' early symphony has been found in the attic of Marion Milford's cottage in Lyme Regis. It is now here in Woking. A research project for somebody. Click here for the two best photos.
For our Newsletter January 2013 please click here .
Chuck Cushinery has very kindly digitised the Pastoral Fantasy for Violin and Small Orchestra: sheet music here.
The double CD of English music for viola and piano including Robin's four pieces op. 42 has been released ref EMRCD007-8. Lovely news. Details here and sheet music here.
It is with great sadness that members of the Trust have heard of the death of Raphael Terroni. Raphael was a great promoter of Robin's music and was responsible for the 'Piano and Songs' CD from Toccata Classics. Raphael's passing will be a great loss to us all in the musical world, especially in the work for British Music.
Somerville College Oxford released Milford's Mass for Five voices on CD along with the Durufle Requiem on September 18th. See here.
Help! 385 pages of Robin's music have arrived from the Bodlean Library to be put into Sibelius. Jonny has started on the Violin Concerto (mvt 1), Chuck is at work on the Pastoral Fantasy for Violin and Small Orchestra, and Paul has begun on the Harpsichord Concertino. That leaves the Concerto Grosso and Ariel waiting for attention, and the Forsaken Merman unattended...
Cameo-classics have just issued a CD British Composers Premier Collections volume 2 featuring a recording of Robin's Suite for Oboe and Strings. John Turner recorded all Robin's recorder music recently on CD: Pipings and Blowings (Metier msv28522).
Fishing by Moonlight was perfomed by the BBC Concert Orchestra on Monday November 21st 2011 at 1930 at St George's Bristol and broadcast live by BBC radio three. Details here.
In an attempt to reach out to a new audience, David Pennant has created a second Milford website which highlights his family connection. Click here
Ian Abernethy has surpassed himself by creating score and parts of the first symphony. It was a mammoth task. See our Jan 2011 newsletter here
It is with deep regret that members of the Trust have heard of the death of Andrew Seivewright in Deccember 2010. Andrew was a great exponent of Robin and his music, as exemplified in the hours of dedication he gave to the preparation for, and recording of, the Milford organ music CD from Grasmere Parish. Born in 1926, Andrew identified with Robins musical style and life.Similarly, Andrew knew implicitly the style of organ and registration with which Robin would have been acquainted. Members of the Trust extend their deepest sympathy to Andrews wife and family circle at this sad time. The Trust would also like to express its sincere gratitude for the part Andrew has played in the recent renewed interest in Robins music. More...
Richard Barnes of Cathedral Music has agreed to publish Robin's Organ works in two volumes, and probably other pieces too, which is great news. Marion Milford and Richard Barnes met over forty years ago at a Summer School and remained good friends since then; this is how Richard has some of Robins music which he loves and admires so much. He has been responsible for various performances of Robins music.
Mp3 files of the ten pieces played at Robin's Memorial Concert in 1960 are now available - see CD10 and also of the CD Love on My Heart, CD1, along with photos, writings about Robin etc, all for £6. Please email for details.
Marion Milford died on Tuesday 20th April 2010 aged 78, following several years of declining health. She remained pasionate about promoting her uncle's music up to the end. It is pleasing that she lived to witness the beginnings of a renaissance of interest in Robin's music.
Animus published 27 of Robin's songs in March 2010.
Five Books and Articles about Robin's songs by Peter Hunter are now available
We can now offer copies of the Love on My Heart CD - please enquire.
The Suite for Chamber Orchestra OP 5 was thought to be missing, but now a copy of the score has turned up among other music of Robin's. Good news. See our Jan 2010 newsletter here
Stephen Varcoe PhD has become our Patron (August 2009). We extend warm greetings to him.
The St James Music Press of Kentucky have published Robin's Evening Cantata on a CD Rom. allowing you to print as many copies as you want. St. James Music Press is a church music publishing company in the US (working with the RSCM in the UK) and is the leader in its approach to distribution and electronic publishing.
Toccata Classics, who already have one Milford CD among their 44 of lesser known composers, are launching their Discovery club to keep prices low. We wish them well.