Welcome to The Lennox Berkeley Society
Sir Lennox Berkeley was a seminal figure in twentieth-century English music, as both composer and teacher. Within these pages you’ll be able to find out more about the man and his music, with a Biography, Picture Gallery, lists of Works and Recordings and many useful Links.
You’ll also discover how you can become a member of the Society. We are a small organisation (with charitable status), dedicated to the promotion of Berkeley’s music. We exist to encourage performance, study, recording and broadcast of his work. In recent years his rich repertoire has become more prominent than at any time since his death. As you’ll see on the Recordings page, CDs produced by internationally-acclaimed record labels cover the full range of Berkeley’s output: symphonies, operas and ballets, chamber and instrumental music, songs, choral music and liturgical settings.
Berkeley’s one-act comic opera, A Dinner Engagement, has been performed in recent years in Sao Paulo; Halifax; Nova Scotia; Vermont; New York; London; Oxford; Sydney; and Perth. His sacred works are regularly performed in cathedrals around the world. Check out Events for details of performances near you. See the Grants page for more information.
I hope you find this site useful — whether you’re new to Sir Lennox’s music, or a performer or music-lover already familiar with it.
Do let us know your thoughts about the man, the music, the site – we’d really like to hear from you.
President, The Lennox Berkeley Society
The Lennox Berkeley Society was founded by Kathleen Walker and Jim Nicol in 1999. The first meeting took place on 9 September 2000, at the home in London of the composer's widow, Lady [Freda] Berkeley, with Jim Nicol in the Chair. The Society became a charity in 2002.
- Kathleen Walker
- Jim Nicol
- Dame Janet Baker CH, DBE, FRSA
- Lady Berkeley (1923-2016)
- Sir Richard Rodney Bennett CBE (1936-2012)
- Julian Bream, CBE (1933-2020)
- Eithne Herbage (1927-2020)
- Richard Hickox CBE (1948-2008)
- Colin Horsley OBE, FRCM (1920-2012)
- Sir John Manduell CBE (1928-2017)
- Jim Nicol (1928-2019)
- Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
- Kathleen Walker (1924-2020)
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