Who we helped

Whilst the Trust is not a grant awarding body and therefore cannot offer individual financial assistance, nevertheless, we have over the years been able to support and give help and advice to those researchers, academics and performers interested in furthering the life and works of Ivor Gurney.

The Trust is proud to have helped the following:

Stephen Banfield is an authority on English music. His books include; Sensibility and English Song (1985), Sondheim’s Broadway Musicals (1993), The Blackwell History of Music in Britain, Vol. VI: The Twentieth Century (1995 ed. and contributed), Gerald Finzi (1997), Jerome Kern (2006), and Music in Britain: The 20th Century (ed.,1995). He is the founding director of CHOMBEC, Bristol University’s Centre for the History of Music in Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth. He is a leading exponent of the music of Ivor Gurney and has recently arranged Gurney’s Chorale Prelude on Rockingham for piano.

Pamela Blevins
is an award winning journalist and scholar specialising in women composer and British music. She is the co-founder and editor of The Maud Powell Signature a quarterly online publication featuring women past and present (www.maudpowell.org/signature). She was the founder and president of the Finzi Society of America (1983-2003). Her acclaimed dual biography of Ivor Gurney and Marion Scott, Song of Pain and Beauty was published by Boydell and Brewer in 2008. (For further information please visit: http://www.boydellandbrewer.com/store/viewItem.asp?idProduct=9535). Since the founding of the Ivor Gurney Sociery in 1995 Pamela has written numerous articles for the society’s annual journal. She is currently preparing a selection of Marion Scott’s writings for future publication.

Anthony Boden is a writer with particular interests in British music. In 1995 he became the founding Chairman of the Ivor Gurney Society. His books include: F. W. Harvey: Soldier, Poet (1988; revised. 2004); Three Choirs: A History of the Festival Gloucester- Hereford- Worcester (1992); Stars in a Dark Night: The Letters of Ivor Gurney to the Chapman Family (1986 and 2004, 2nd. Ed.); The Parrys of the Golden Vale (1998); Thomas Tomkins: The Last Elizabethan (2005) and F.W Harvey: Selected Poems, edited by Anthony Boden and R.K.R Thornton (2011).

Iain Burnside enjoys a unique reputation as pianist and broadcaster, forged through his commitment to the song repertoire and his collaborations with leading international singers. His extensive discography reflects his passion for British music. For the Naxos English Song series he has recorded the complete songs of Gerald Finzi, and songs by Alwyn, Britten, Butterworth, Gurney, Ireland, Vaughan Williams, and Ian Venables, for Signum; Britten, Tippett, Herbert Hughes, FG Scott and Judith Weir. Richard Rodney Bennett on NMC and contemporary Scottish repertoire on Delphian.His recording of Gurney’s song on Naxos with soprano Susan Bickley received much critical acclaim. Edward Greenfield, writing in the Gramophone described it as an ‘impressive disc that amply demonstrates Gurney’s greatness’. His debut solo piano disc of Vaughan Williams and Gurney released on Albion Records includes the premiere recording of Gurney’s Chorale Prelude on Rockingham. His recent play ‘A Soldier and a Maker’ brings Gurney’s life to the stage in a unique piece of music theatre. Please see:

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