MusicWeb International One of the most grown-up review sites around 2024
60,000 reviews
... and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here Acte Prealable Polish CDs

Presto Music CD retailer
Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             

Press Release

Some items
to consider

new MWI
Current reviews

old MWI
pre-2023 reviews

paid for

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews

Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

All Troubadisc reviews

FOGHORN Classics

Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews

All HDTT reviews

Songs to Harp from
the Old and New World

all Nimbus reviews

all tudor reviews

Follow us on Twitter

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

Press Release (23.1.08)

Mark Elder to Unveil Gustav Holst Statue on April 4th

The eminent British composer Gustav Holst will shortly be commemorated with a statue in his home town of Cheltenham. The statue, by the sculptor Anthony Stones, FRBS, FRSA, will stand in Imperial Gardens in the centre of the fountain close to the Town Hall where a landmark concert devoted to Holst's music was staged in 1927. Plaques depicting the planets will adorn the octagonal plinth beneath the statue in recognition of the composer's most celebrated work.

The statue is being financed from a bequest made to the Cheltenham Civic Society by one of its members, the late Miss Elizabeth Hamond. (Please note HAMOND is the correct spelling.) Local individuals and organisations together with Cheltenham Borough Council have come forward to provide the additional funding for the plinth, installation and upgrading of the statue's setting.

Anthony Stones, who is based near Lechlade, has completed numerous prestigious commissions both in Britain and abroad, particularly in New Zealand and China where he holds two professorial posts. The statue has been cast in the Pangolin Foundry in Chalford, one of the leading sculpture foundries in Europe. The photograph below shows Mr Stones and the statue of Holst.

The unveiling will be performed on April 4th this year by Mark Elder CBE, the Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra, at 12.15. The Cotswold-based composer Raymond Head ( has composed a special fanfare for the occasion which will be played by pupils of Pate's Grammar School - the school Holst attended as a boy. The Cheltenham Bach Choir will participate in the ceremony singing music by Holst as the fountain and lights are switched on.

In addition to composing, Holst was an inspiring music teacher who held various posts at St Paul's Girls' School in Hammersmith, James Allen's Girls School in Dulwich, Morley College in South London and directed music festivals at Thaxted in Essex which was his home in later years. His birthplace in Clarence Road, Cheltenham (now a museum) welcomes visitors from all around the world.

Jenny Ogle (Holst Statue working party leader): 01242 231011;
Roger Jones (Cheltenham Civic Society): 01242 515533;
Holst Birthplace Museum: 01242 524846; and


Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Chandos recordings
All Chandos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews

all Bridge reviews

all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews

All Eloquence reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews


Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing




Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews


      Composer surveys
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site


Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure



Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Past and present

Helpers invited!

How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips

Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Other links
Web News sites etc

A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools

Return to Review Index

Untitled Document

Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.