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Some members may well consider the future of the BMS to be pretty secure. After all, the Newsletter comes out four times a year and the Journal once a Year; a new recording has recently been issued; the recent Choral Competition attained a nomination for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards, and there has been an excellent response for the forthcoming Song Competition. Additionally, the finances are sound, membership has risen to 600, and supporting membership, subscription and sales services are effective.

However, all these and other activities are carried out by a Committee of eight, two of whom manage and edit our publications. There are no understudies or reserves, and we are not getting any younger. Indeed the eldest retires this year at the AGM. Much of his work will have to be undertaken by existing members. So it is essential that new blood is brought in. There are two ways this can happen.

Members unable to attend the bi-monthly meetings in London can undertake important supportive roles from their homes, thereby relieving existing members of some of their work by spreading the load.

Those who live near enough to attend meetings can do so. Members who live further away from London could initially just come to absorb how the BMS operates. In due course, tasks and jobs can be undertaken by mutual agreement. There is also scope for new ideas and innovations, but initially the important priority is to keep the existing mechanism working.

The fact that so many committee members have soldiered on for so many years is an indication of how rewarding they feel their efforts to be. I will not bore you now with details of the organisation or structure, but if anybody is interested in joining us in either way, please let me know and I'll send more information and explanations.

I am, of course, cognisant of the contributions made by members who write for the publications, and who help with specific projects. Their efforts are highly regarded. But that does not alter the fact that the last time members were asked to come forward to join or help the committee, not one single offer came along. The future of the BMS is up to you. Raphael Terroni Chairman

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