Music & Song
The website for Dr Martin Shaw OBE FRCM (1875 –1958)
"A remarkable man who is insufficently recognized these days"
Sir Michael Holroyd
Photo: c. 1920 Martin Shaw on holiday at Southwold, Suffolk.
A composer of several hundred works, Martin Shaw was a leading pioneer for the revival of English music during the early part of the 20th Century. This work laid the foundation for the world-wide success of English and American music we know today.
Shaw's musical ambitions were to bring good music to a wide audience rather than compose works for a musical elite. However, he also composed many songs for professional singers. The discovery of these songs in the UK combined with the recent aquisition of his archive by the British Library means his reputation is ripe for reappraisal.
A performance of Shaw's anthem for double choir: A Greater Light, with words by T.S. Eliot, is being held by the City of Bristol Choir, at 7.30 on Sunday March 16th, at St Albans Church, Westbury Park, Bristol.
Listen to song clips below
played by Iain Burnside
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- Remembering WW1: VENIZEL sung by Roderick Williams
- THE MELODIES YOU SING sung by Andrew Kennedy
- COME AWAY DEATH sung by Sophie Bevan
- HEFFLE CUCKOO FAIR sung by Andrew Kennedy