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Society for the Promotion of New Music [SPNM]locked

  • Anthony Payne

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British organization founded in 1943 by Francis Chagrin to support the work of young and unestablished composers. It was launched at a meeting of the Arrangers', Composers' and Copyists' subcommittee of the Musicians' Union, and was originally named the Committee for the Promotion of New Music. Vaughan Williams accepted the presidency with the proviso that it ‘avoid all cliques [and] give a welcome to all good work in whatever style or school’. Its initial activities, which were subsidized by the wartime Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts and by private donations from Vaughan Williams, Bliss and others, remained the basis for much of its subsequent work: ‘recommended lists’ of works were drawn up, which resulted in increased broadcasting by the BBC and in a recording project by Decca; ‘studio recitals’ were given, which included chaired discussions of the music; ‘Experimental Orchestral Rehearsals’ were established. All the music was chosen by expert reading panels....

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