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Rosemary Hill

Rosemary Hill, a long-standing member and committee member of the RSS, has died on 26 June 2020, following an assault from behind while walking in Reigate, Surrey. In the music world she was also known as the clarinetist Rosemary Few. She was married to the late horn player Ray Few and played at various times in the Yorkshire Symphony, CBSO, Lebanese National Symphony, Ballet Rambert and New Zealand Broadcasting Company Symphony Orchestra. She also had a long teaching career at Reigate Grammar School. She met her second husband after Ray Few’s death in the Robert Simpson Society.

New website

With advances in technology/devices and additional requirements a new website had become necessary.

So this is now a WordPress website extended with a custom plugin for data-driven pages that show RS data: compositions, publishers, discography, journals, reviews and cross references. The old domain redirects here until expiry in 2025.

The chronological and categorised composition pages now show expandable details taken from the the Catalogue of Works in Robert Simpson: Composer (2013), ed. J. Schaarwächter. The discography, writings and links pages have been updated. The site has a new header image and better image quality throughout, and is easier to maintain.

Addition pages are:

2018 AGM

This year’s AGM will be held at the home of Professor Lionel Pike.
His address is 34 Alderside Walk, Englefield Green, Egham,Surrey, TW10 0PY

Flute Concerto

Recorded for Divine Arts in January 2018 with Susan Milan and the Prague Symphony Orchestra. The CD was expected to be issued later this year on DDA 25167 but is now expected for release in 2019.

Symphony No. 3

Two CD set titled “Sir Charles Groves at the Proms” (CRQ CD290-291). An important performance of the 3rd symphony from the Proms of 21st August 1967. Other items featured in the set are by Haydn, Walton, Vaughan Williams and Delius.

Allegro Deciso

Allegro Deciso for String Orchestra (1954). A reworking from the 3rd string quartet. Orchestra of St.Paul’s

Cello Concerto

Recorded by Lyrita SRCD344 with Raphael Wallfisch and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

String Quartet No. 11

The Tippett Quartet play Simpson’s 11th quartet, along with Mozart’s K387 and Beethoven’s Op. 59 No. 3, on Friday 28th February 2014, 8pm, at Artrix, the arts centre in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. More details. Map.

Dancing to Simpson

Friday 14th Feb 2014, 8:00 pm, The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, London

Set to Robert Simpson’s String Quartet No. 7, The Sob in the Spine explores the complicated relationship between pain and the creative act, asking: are our agonies things that are visited upon us, or are they a manifestation of self?

See details here.

2014 AGM

The 2014 AGM is on 14th February 2014 at 3:00 pm.
Meeting at The Friends’ Meeting House, Euston Road, London.

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