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The_William_Alwyn_Society
sketch_of_Alwyn_by_Julia_Pannett
Sketch by Juliet Pannett 1956
1905 - 1985

"How directly this music communicates. How warm its eloquence. How free from esoteric pretentiousness"

Hugh Ottaway


Gallery

Biographies of Alwyn
Alwyn Chronology - John Dressler
Discography & Musicweb Review Index
List of Works and Publishers
Feature Films
Documentary Films
Reconstructing Film Scores by Philip Lane
A Memory with a Moralby William Alwyn
The Piano Music of William Alwyn  by John France
Some random jottings about William Alwyn's Elizabethan Dances by John France
William Alwyn's Concerto Grosso No. 3 – A Half Century Retrospective by John France

The Chandos Alwyn Edition - notesThe Chandos Alwyn Edition - notes

Doreen Carwithen   recordings
Mary Alwyn (DC) passed away on January 5th 2003 Obituary
Aims of the Alwyn Society (now defunct)
Lengnick
The distribution for Lengnick publications is now handled by FM Distribution, Burnt Mill, Elizabeth Way, Harlow, Essex CM20 2HX. TEL: 01279-828989. FAX: 01279-828990. E-mail: information@fabermusic.com

 

CONTACT: For information contact Andrew Knowles of the William Alwyn Foundation
30 Florida Avenue
Hartford, Huntingdon
Cambs. PE29 1PY
TEL: 01480-456931
Mobile: 0788 1785274

apkmusicprom@ntlworld.com


BOOK REVIEW

Composing in Words: William Alwyn on his Art (Musicians on Music: Volume 9)
Edited by Andrew Palmer reviewed by John France MusicWeb Special Price £28 post-free World-wide

The art of Film Music by Ian Johnson reviewed by John France

William Alwyn: A Research and Information Guide - John C. Dressler

NEWS

FORTHCOMING PERFORMANCES:

STOP PRESS – In February 2012 the esteemed British violist Lawrence Power begins his tour with the Scottish Ensemble in which he will give seven performances of Alwyn’s Pastoral Fantasia for viola and string orchestra. Other works on the programme include works by Haydn, Mozart, and Luke Bedford (New Commission). All concerts commence at 7.30pm except where stated. Dates and venues are as follows:

17th February – One Touch Theatre, Eden Court, Inverness commencing at 8pm

18th February – The Music Hall, Aberdeen

19th February – The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

20th February – St. Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee

22nd February – Perth Concert Hall, Perth

23rd February – City Halls, Glasgow

24th February – Wigmore Hall, London

On 24th March a concert of English music in memory of the former Chairman and co-founder of The Rawsthorne Trust John Belcher who died last October will be given at St. Andrew’s Church, Grinton-in-Swaledale, Nr. Richmond, N. Yorks commencing at 2pm. Admission Free. Alwyn’s Autumn Legend for Cor Anglais and Strings will be performed alongside works by Alan Rawsthorne, John McCabe, Philip Wood, Elgar and Delius. Artists taking part are Richard Simpson (cor anglais), Linda Merrick (clarinet), John Turner (recorder), and the Lonsdale String Ensemble conducted by Ian Thompson.

On 23rd June the World Premiere concert performance of Alwyn’s Violin Concerto will take place at St. John’s Smith Square, London commencing at 7.30pm. The renowned British violinist Lorraine McAslan will be accompanied by the Ealing Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Gibbons.

Recordings
Two new orchestral discs will be released during 2011 on the Naxos label. The first due in April will contain the following:
Violin Concerto
Miss Julie Suite (World Premiere Recording of new orchestral suite arranged by Philip Lane)
Fanfare for a Joyful Occasion
Lorraine McAslan (Violin), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Lloyd-Jones (Naxos 8.570705)

The next one is due in August:
Dramatic Overture: The Moor of Venice (arranged by Philip Lane
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in G for String Orchestra
Serenade for Orchestra (World Premiere Recording)
Seven Irish Tunes – Suite for Small Orchestra (World Premiere Recording)
Concerto Grosso No. 3
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Lloyd-Jones (Naxos 8.570145)

Due to be recorded (for the Dutton Epoch label) in January 2011 is the Prelude and Derrybeg Fair Music from Alwyn’s first opera The Fairy Fiddler. This will be with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates. The coupling will be two other 20th century British Symphonies.

Just recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London is a disc of film music by Doreen Carwithen. Titles are as follows: Boys in Brown, East Anglian Holiday, Man Trap, Men of Sherwood Forest, Three Cases of Murder, To the Public Danger, and Travel Royal. All are world premiere recordings. The BBC Concert Orchestra was conducted by Gavin Sutherland. This will be released on the Dutton Epoch label in February 2011.

PUBLISHING

The Foundations first publication – Cricketty Mill for piano solo (as recorded by Ashley Wass on Naxos 8. 570359) is now available at a price of £5.95. All orders and enquires should be addressed to Andrew Knowles, Administrator to The William Alwyn Foundation – details as above.

Forthcoming from Stainer & Bell is the first publication of the Sonatina for Violin and Piano as recorded by Madeleine Mitchell and Andrew Ball on Naxos 8. 570340. Further details will follow in due course.




WILLIAM ALWYN SCORED FILMS ON DVD: FEATURE FILMS:
as at 30th November 2010


TITLE Releasing Company Catalogue Number Region
A Night To Remember DD Home Entertainment DDHE 106751 2=UK
A Night To Remember Criterion Spine No. 7 1=USA
A Night To Remember (Kenneth More Collection) 5 Discs Granada Ventures Ltd 3711525713 2=UK
The Black Tent (Donald Sinden Collection) 11 Discs Granada Ventures Ltd 3711525723 2=UK
Captain Boycott (Stewart Granger Collection) 12 Discs Granada Ventures Ltd 3711524473 2=UK
The Card DD Home Entertainment DDHE 123558 2=UK
The Card (Classic Alec Guinness Box Set) DD Home Entertainment DDHE 123852 2=UK
The Card (includes Special Features) Network 7952615 2=UK
Carve Her Name With Pride DD Home Entertainment DDHE 107613 2=UK
Carve Her Name With Pride (Classic War Time Dramas) DD Home Entertainment DDHE 107210 2=UK
Carve Her Name With Pride (Special Edition) Network 7952548 2=UK
The Crimson Pirate Warner Bros 27521 1=USA
The Crimson Pirate Blackhorse ORB 10141 2=UK
The Fallen Idol Optimum Classics OPTD 0118 2=UK
The Fallen Idol (Graham Greene Box Set) Optimum Classics OPTD 0588 2=UK
The Fallen Idol Criterion Spine No. 357 1=USA
Geordie (Alastair Sim Collection - Screen Icons) 5 Discs Optimum Classics OPTD 1043 2=UK
Geordie Optimum Classics OPTD 1046 2=UK
The Golden Salamander ? (Greek Import) Not Known 2=Greece
Green For Danger DD Home Entertainment DDHE 122001 2=UK
Green For Danger Network 7952429 2=UK
Green For Danger Criterion Spine No. 375 1=USA
The History of Mr Polly DD Home Entertainment DDHE 120898 2=UK
The History of Mr Polly (Classic HG Wells Box Set) DD Home Entertainment DDHE 123853 2=UK
The History of Mr Polly (includes Special Features) Network 7952587 2=UK
The History of Mr Polly (John Mills Centenary Collection I) Granada Ventures Ltd 3711527453 2=UK
I See a Dark Stranger Home Vision Entertainment SEE010DVD 1=USA
I'll Never Forget You (The House in the Square) (Tyrone Power Matinee Idol Collection) 20th Century Fox Home Ent 2252344 1=USA
In Search of the Castaways Walt Disney D881041 2=UK
In Which We Serve (Special Edition) DD Home Entertainment DDHE 122019 2=UK
In Which We Serve (Complete War Collection) Optimum Classics OPTD 0774 2=UK
In Which We Serve (John Mills Centenary Collection II) ITV DVD Granada Ventures 3711527603 2=UK
In Which We Serve (Restored Edition) ITV DVD Granada Ventures 3711530043 2=UK
In Which We Serve (Restored Edition) David Lean Centenary Edition ITV DVD Granada Ventures 3711527463 2=UK
Island of Desire (Saturday Island) VCI Entertainment KPF603 1=USA
Lady Godiva Rides Again (Diana Dors Collection) Granada Ventures Ltd 3711525823 2=UK
Lady Godiva Rides Again Optimum Classics OPTD 1129 2=UK
Life For Ruth Network 7952653 2=UK
The Long Memory (John Mills Centenary Collection II) ITV DVD Granada Ventures 3711527603 2=UK
Madeleine (The David Lean Collection) 9 Discs Granada Media 3711522593 2=UK
Madeleine (David Lean Centenary Collection) 10 Discs ITV DVD Granada Ventures 3711527463 2=UK
Madeleine (Digitally Restored Edition) ITV DVD Granada Ventures 3711530013 2=UK
Madeleine Filmax Home Video None 2=Spain
The Magic Box Optimum Classics OPTD 0944 2=UK
The Magnet DD Home Entertainment DDHE 124519 2=UK
The Magnet (Definitive Ealing Collection) DD Home Entertainment DDHE 123970 2=UK
The Magnet Optimum Classics OPTD 0606 2=UK
The Magnet (Ealing Studios Box Set No. 3) Optimum Classics OPTD 0747 2=UK
Malta Story DD Home Entertainment DDHE 120190 2=UK
Malta Story (Classic Alec Guinness Box Set) DD Home Entertainment DDHE 123852 2=UK
Mandy Optimum Classics OPTD 0909 2=UK
Master of Ballantrae Warner Bros 27522 1=USA
Master of Ballantrae Orbit Media Ltd ORB 10153 2=UK
The Million Pound Note DD Home Entertainment DDHE 120675 2=UK
The Million Pound Note (Classic Gregory Peck Box Set) DD Home Entertainment DDHE 123850 2=UK
Morning Departure DD Home Entertainment DDHE 120673 2=UK
Morning Departure (Classic John Mills Vol. 2) DD Home Entertainment DDHE 122376 2=UK
Morning Departure (John Mills Centenary Collection II) ITV DVD Granada Ventures 3711527603 2=UK
The Naked Edge Cornerstone Media ORP028DVD 2=UK
The Naked Edge Vellavision SL Madrid 12023 2=Spain
Night of the Eagle Optimum Classics OPTD 0812 2=UK
The October Man (John Mills Centenary Collection I) Granada Ventures Ltd 3711527453 2=UK
Odd Man Out (Special Edition) Network 7952509 2=UK
Odd Man Out (James Mason Collection - Screen Icons) Optimum Classics OPTD 0927 2=UK
On Approval Image Entertainment ID5663DSDVD 1=USA
The Rainbow Jacket Optimum Classics OPTD 1547 2=UK
The Rocking Horse Winner Home Vision Entertainment HVE ROC060 1=USA
The Seekers (Land Of Fury) Filmax Home Video 2=Spain
The Ship That Died of Shame (The British War Collection) Starz/Anchor Bay SKU: DV12795 1=USA
The Ship That Died of Shame (Richard Attenborough BoxSet) Optimum Classics OPTD 1210 2=UK
The Silent Enemy Wienerworld Ltd WNRD5027 2=UK
The Smallest Show on Earth Momentum Pictures MP184D 2=UK
The Smallest Show on Earth (The Peter Sellers Collection) Momentum Pictures 2=UK
The Smallest Show on Earth Alpha Home Entertainment 89218535498 1=USA
The Smallest Show on Earth (The Peter Sellers Collection) Starz/Anchor Bay SKU: DV12107 1=USA
Svengali VCI Entertainment UPC-089859854828 1=USA
Svengali (The Renown Pictures Literary Classics Collection) VCI Entertainment UPC-089859851223 1=USA
Svengali Simply Media 131836 2=UK
Swiss Family Robinson Walt Disney Home Video D881077 2=UK
Swiss Family Robinson Walt Disney Home Video UPC-786936143836 1=USA
The Way Ahead DD Home Entertainment DDHE 120186 2=UK
The Way Ahead (Classic David Niven Box Set) DD Home Entertainment DDHE 123848 2=UK
The Way Ahead (Complete War Collection) Optimum Classics OPTD 0774 2=UK
The Winslow Boy Optimum Classics OPTD 1524 2=UK
They Flew Alone Odeon Entertainment ODNF 198 2=UK
Third Man on the Mountain Walt Disney Home Video 36537 1=USA

WILLIAM ALWYN SCORED FILMS ON DVD: DOCUMENTARIES
as of 31st October 2010


Title Releasing Company Catalogue Number Region
A City Speaks - Manchester's Civic Film 1947 North West Film Archive None 2=UK
Africa Freed (on Tunisian Victory DVD) Imperial War Museum AV00667 2=UK
Africa Freed (on Tunisian Victory DVD) DD Home Entertainment DDHE 121473 2=UK
Atlantic Trawler Panamint Cinema PDC 2030 2=UK
The Battle for Freedom (Dylan Thomas A War Films Anthology) Imperial War Museum AV00990 2=UK
The Battle for Freedom (Dylan Thomas A War Films Anthology) DD Home Entertainment DDHE 123702 2=UK
The Crown of the Year (40's Britain) Panamint Cinema PDC 2006 2=UK
Desert Victory Imperial War Museum AV00666 2=UK
Desert Victory DD Home Entertainment DDHE 121472 2=UK
Desert Victory (The Victory Films Collection) Imperial War Museum AV00618 2=UK
Desert Victory (The Victory Films Collection) DD Home Entertainment DDHE 121504 2=UK
Eastern Victory (War in the Air - BBC TV) DD Home Entertainment DDHE 121461 2=UK
Festival in London (London in Festival Year 1951) Panamint Cinema PDC 2032 2=UK
Fifty North (War in the Air - BBC TV) DD Home Entertainment DDHE 121461 2=UK
The Grassy Shires (The Pattern of Britain - 40's Britain) Panamint Cinema PDC 2019 2=UK
The Harvest Shall Come (Dig for Victory) Strike Force Entertainment SND6666 2=UK
I Was A Fireman (Humphrey Jennings Collection) Film First FF 2 2=UK
I Was A Fireman (Fire Service at War) Imperial War Museum AV00991 2=UK
Jane Brown Changes Her Job (Women and Children at War) Imperial War Museum AV00884 2=UK
Land of Promise (Land of Promise:The British Documentary Movement 1930-1950 British Film Institute ISBN5035673007563 2=UK
Letter from Ulster (Overpaid, Oversexed & Over Here) Panamint Cinema PDC 2034 2=UK
Lift Your Head, Comrade (Words for Battle - Writers at War) Imperial War Museum AV00885 2=UK
Living With Strangers (Women and Children at War) Imperial War Museum AV00884 2=UK
The New Britain (Words for Battle - Writers at War) Imperial War Museum AV00885 2=UK
The New Britain (We Forgot about Germany) Panamint Cinema PDC 2040 2=UK
Our Country (40's Britain) Panamint Cinema PDC 2027 2=UK
The Proud City (London Pride - 40's Britain) Panamint Cinema PDC 2029 2=UK
Spring on the Farm (The Crown of the Year - 40's Britain) Panamint Cinema PDC 2006 2=UK
Steel Goes To Sea (Shipyards and Docks at War) Imperial War Museum AV00562 2=UK
Steel Goes To Sea (Shipyards and Docks at War) DD Home Entertainment DDHE 120108 2=UK
Summer on the Farm (The Crown of the Year - 40's Britain) Panamint Cinema PDC 2006 2=UK
Summer on the Farm (Land of Promise:The British Documentary Movement 1930-50) British Film Institute ISBN5035673007563 2=UK
The True Glory Imperial War Museum AV00277 2=UK
The True Glory DD Home Entertainment DDHE 105324 2=UK
The True Glory (The Victory Films Collection) Imperial War Museum AV00618 2=UK
The True Glory (The Victory Films Collection) DD Home Entertainment DDHE 121504 2=UK
Tunisian Victory Imperial War Museum AV0067 2=UK
Tunisian Victory DD Home Entertainment DDHE 121473 2=UK
Tunisian Victory (The Victory Films Collection) Imperial War Museum AV00618 2=UK
Tunisian Victory (The Victory Films Collection) DD Home Entertainment DDHE 121504 2=UK
Wales, Green Mountains, Black Mountains (Dylan Thomas A War Films Anthology) Imperial War Museum AV00990 2=UK
Wales, Green Mountains, Black Mountains (Dylan Thomas A War Films Anthology) DD Home Entertainment DDHE 123702 2=UK
Welcome to Britain (Overpaid, Oversexed & Over Here) Panamint Cinema PDC 2034 2=UK
Winter on the Farm (The Crown of the Year - 40's Britain) Panamint Cinema PDC 2006 2=UK
WVS (Women and Children at War) Imperial War Museum AV00884 2=UK

DVD (Carwithen):

East Anglian Holiday – Region 2 (UK)
Heights of Danger – Region 2 (UK)
Three Cases of Murder – Region 2 (UK)
Elizabeth is Queen (Compilation DVD of short British Pathé documentaries under the general title of ‘Queen Elizabeth in the 1950’s’) – Region 2 (UK)




 


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I would like to acknowledge the assistance given by Brian Couzens,
Managing Director of Chandos Records,
in allowing me to reproduce their disc covers
and Mary Alwyn for her notes and photographs.


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