Chronology of events since Brian’s death

Key:
  • Events relating to Brian
  • Performances of Brian’s music
  • Publication events
  • Recording events

Shortcuts: • 1972-1979 • -1989 • -1999 • -2009 • -2017

DateEvent
6 November 2016

Performance of Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day by the Strata Vocal Ensemble, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

11 October 2016

Performance of Symphony 6 'Sinfonia tragica' in front of an invited audience at the BBC Maida Vale studios in London; BBC Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins. Transmitted on BBC Radio 3 on the afternoon of 21 November 2016

October 2016

CD issue of the 1966 premiere of Symphony 6 'Sinfonia tragica' on CRQ Editions (c/w Robert Simpson conducting Beethoven's Eroica; Royal Opera House Orchestra/Douglas Robinson

July 2016

CD issue of Symphonies 2 and 14 on Dutton; RSNO/Martyn Brabbins

29 May 2016

Performance of Blow, blow and Shall I compare thee at the English Music Festival in Dorchester, Oxon; City of London Choir/Hilary Davan Wetton

12 March 2016

Premiere of John Pickard's orchestration of Havergal Brian's The Vision of Cleopatra at the Victoria Rooms, Bristol; University of Bristol forces/John Pickard

4 July 2015

Death of conductor and HBS Vice President Myer Fredman

22 May 2015

Performance of English Suite 3 at the English Music Festival, Dorchester, Oxon; BBC Concert Orchestra/Martin Yates

March 2015

CD issue of Symphonies 6 'Sinfonia tragica', 28, 29, 31 on Naxos; Noviya Rossiya Symphony Orchestra/Alexander Walker

January 2015

CD issue of Symphonies 5 'Wine of Summer', 19, 27, Festal Dance on Dutton; Roderick Williams (bar), RSNO/Martyn Brabbins

11 November 2014

CD issue of the 1983 BBC studio performance of The Tigers on Testament; BBC Symphony Orchestra forces/Lionel Friend

27 May 2014

Death of critic and pre-eminent Brian scholar, Malcolm MacDonald

May 2014

CD issue of Symphonies 10, 21, 22, Psalm 23, English Suite 5 on Heritage Records; Leicester Schools SO/Eric Pinkett/Laszlo Heltay

April 2014

CD issue of Havergal Brian Songbook vol. 2 on Stone Records; Mark Stone (bar), Sholto Kynoch (pno)

29 March 2014

Australian premiere of The Tinker's Wedding in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane; Queensland Youth Orchestra/John Curro

March 2014

Release of Curse of the Gothic Symphony on DVD

7 September 2013

Death of conductor and HBS Vice President Leslie Head

July 2013

CD re-issue of the complete Havergal Brian piano music on Cameo Classics; Peter Hill (pno)

25 May 2013

Performance of Prelude & Fugue in C minor and John Dowland's Fancy at the Union Church in Heathfield, Sussex followed by a repeat performance in Worthing; Gavin Stevens (pno)

25 May 2013

Performance of the Legend for violin and piano at the English Music Festival, Dorchester, Oxon; Rupert Marshall-Luck (vln), Matthew Rickard (pno)

May 2013

CD issue of Symphonies 22-24, English Suite 1 on Naxos; Noviya Rossiya Symphony Orchestra/Alexander Walker

25 February 2013

Death of Havergal Brian's daughter Pauline Olga Pringle (nee Brian) aged 99

1 December 2012

Public premiere of Symphony 19 in the Victoria Rooms, Bristol; Bristol University Symphony Orchestra/John Pickard

November 2012

CD issue of the Violin Concerto, Symphony 13, English Suite 4 on Dutton; Lorraine McAslan (vln), RSNO/Martyn Brabbins

24 September 2012

Performance of Legend in an arrangement for violin and strings, at All Saints church, Lewes, Sussex; Valtie Nunn (vln), Musicians of All Saints/Andrew Sherwood

July 2012

The ABC documentary Curse Of The Gothic Symphony wins best documentary in the annual Australian Screenwriters' Guild AWGIE awards ceremony

25 June 2012

UK public premiere of Symphony 27 at Birmingham Town Hall; OCHSA Symphony Orchestra/Chris Russell

May 2012

CD issue of Havergal Brian Songbook vol. 1 on Stone Records; Mark Stone (Bar), Sholto Kynoch (pno)

17 March 2012

Public premiere Symphony 27 at the Orange County High School for the Arts, Santa Ana, California; OCHSA Symphony Orchestra/Chris Russell

11 February 2012

Performance of In Memoriam at the Victoria Rooms, Bristol by the Bristol University Symphony Orchestra/John Pickard

28 November 2011

CD issue of the Proms Gothic symphony on Hyperion; BBCNOW/BBCCO forces/Martyn Brabbins

September 2011

CD issue of Havergal Brian Orchestral Works vol. 2 - Music from the Operas on Toccata Classics; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Garry Walker

23 July 2011

Performance of the Ashanti Battle Song (English Suite 4) in Penang State Hall, Malaysia; Penang Philharmonic Orchestra/Martin Rutherford. First Brian performance in Malaysia

21 July to 7 August 2011

Screening of the ABC documentary Curse Of The Gothic Symphony at the Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne

July 2011

Conductor Martyn Brabbins accepts the HBS' invitation to become its President

17 July 2011

Performance of the Gothic symphony at the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, London; BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales forces/Martyn Brabbins

4 June 2011

Transmission of the Brisbane Gothic on 4MBS Classic FM in Brisbane, Australia

January 2011

CD issue of the Cello concerto on Dutton c/w Bush, Bowen; BBC Concert Orchestra/Martin Yates

January 2011

CD issue of Symphonies 10, 30, Concerto for Orchestra, English Suite 3 on Dutton; Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins

January 2011

CD issue of Havergal Brian Orchestral works vol. 1 on Toccata Classics; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Garry Walker

18 December 2010

Performance of the Gothic symphony in Brisbane, Australia; Gothic Symphony Orchestra forces/John Curro

August 2010

CD issue of Symphonies 9 and 11, Dr Merryheart on Dutton in historic performances by the London Symphony Orchestra/Harry Newstone & Norman Del Mar

July 2010

CD issue of 6 songs c/w other composers on Tableaux Records; David Hackbridge Johnson (bar), Yeu-Meng Chan (pno)

14 July 2010

Death of conductor and HBS President Sir Charles Mackerras

May 2010

CD re-issue of Symphonies 11, 15, Dr Merryheart, For Valour on Naxos

28 May 2010

Performance of Shadow Dance (The Tigers) at the English Music Festival, Dorchester, Oxon; BBC Concert Orchestra/Gavin Sutherland

4 May 2010

Publication of Malcolm MacDonald (ed), Havergal Brian on Music, vol 2 European And American Music In His Time

6 March 2010

Death of Gothic conductor and HBS Vice-President Ole Schmidt

January 2010

CD re-issue of the complete Hull recordings on Cameo Classics; Hull Youth Symphony Orchestra/Geoffrey Heald-Smith

December 2009

CD issue of the 1966 Boult Gothic symphony on Testament; BBC Symphony Orchestra forces/Sir Adrian Boult

23 May and 22 September 2009

Performance/BBC Radio 3 transmission of Reverie (English Suite 5) at the English Music Festival in Dorchester, Oxon; BBC Concert Orchestra/David Lloyd-Jones

24 October 2008

Public premiere of Legend – Ave Atque Vale in Santa Ana, California, Orange County High School for the Arts SO/Chris Russell

23 September 2008

US premiere of The Tinker's Wedding in Tucker, Georgia; DeKalb Symphony Orchestra/Fyodor Cherniavsky

March 2008

Re-issue on CD of the Lyrita Symphonies 6 and 16; LPO/Myer Fredman

4 March 2008

New performance of Symphony 30 on BBC Radio 3 (BBC NOW/Jason Lai) in ‘British Symphony’ series

January 2007

CD re-issue of the Marco Polo/Adrian Leaper performance of the Symphony 4 'Das Siegeslied' and Symphony 12 on Naxos

16 April 2006

Death of conductor and HBS Vice-President Harry Newstone

17 March and 27 May 2006

Performance of 1) The Butterfly's Waltz (Three Illuminations) and 2) Three Illuminations in Calgary, Canada; Gordon Rumson (pno), Caroline Horne (spkr)

19 October 2005

CD release of the original Auracle LP of Songs, Legend on Toccata Classics: Brian Rayner Cook (bar), Roger Vignoles (pno), Stephen Levine (vln), Peter Lawson (pno)

5 November 2005

US premiere of Symphony 32 in Santa Ana, California, Orange County High School for the Arts SO/Chris Russell

14 May 2005

Performance of John Dowland's Fancy by Elaine Korman in Sturminster

March 2005

CD re-issue of the Marco Polo Symphony 18/Violin Concerto on Naxos

December 2004

Performances of Characteristic March (English Suite 1) and Ashanti Battle Song (English Suite 4) in Edinburgh and London: Melbourne Grammar School Symphony Orchestra/Martin Rutherford

3 May 2004

CD re-issue of the Marco Polo Gothic on the Naxos label

September 2003

Planning begins for a Gothic performance in Brisbane, Australia

May 2003

Re-issue of the EMI RLPO symphonies 7, 8, 9, 31 in a double-CD pack

16 September 2001

John Pickard’s realisation of The battle song premiered

4–8 June 2001

Havergal Brian Composer of the week on BBC Radio 3 (special recordings of Symphony 5 and partsongs)

20 May 2001

By the waters of Babylon receives US premiere with organ accompaniment

27 March 2001

English Suite 4 receives Australian premiere

February 2000

Marco Polo releases CD of Symphonies 11, 15, Doctor Merryheart, For valour

1999–2000

Janet Packer gives 21 performances of Legend on US tour

24 November 1998

Legend is given by David Hackbridge Johnson (violin), You Meng Chan (piano)

31 May 1998

Leicestershire Schools SO reunion performance of Symphony 10/Mark Fitz–Gerald

1998

Publication of Jurgen Schaarwachter (ed), HB: Aspects of Havergal Brian

1998

Marco Polo releases CD of Symphony 2, Festival fanfare

12 December 1997

First performance of The Cenci mounted by the Havergal Brian Society at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London

17 June 1997

Raymond Clarke programme of John Dowland’s fancy, Preludes and fugues in C minor and D minor/major, Double fugue

14 June 1997

John Dowland’s fancy performed in an arrangement by Durrant (guitar)

8 March 1997

Symphony 6 is performed by Royal Holloway Orch/Matthew Taylor

1 April 1996

Legend given by Marat Bisangaliev/John Lenehan

9 and 11 December 1995

Performances of English Suite 1 in Gisborne and Taupo, New Zealand. First performance of Brian in New Zealand

27 May 1995

‘Pantalon and Columbine’, Violin concerto, 2 suites from Turandot, Marat Bisangaliev, Millennium Sinfonia/James Kelleher

5 April 1995

Performance of English Suite 1 in Melbourne; Melbourne Grammar School Symphony Orchestra/Martin Rutherford. First performance of Brian in Australia

1995

Publication of R Matthew–Walker, Havergal Brian, Reminiscences and Observations

1995

Marco Polo releases CD of Symphonies 20, 25, Fantastic variations

31 January 1995

3 songs performed by David Hackbridge Johnson

5 August 1994

First public performance of Symphony 16, London Orch of St Cecilia/James Kelleher

1 July 1994

‘Pantalon and Columbine’ [ie II and III of English suite 1] performed by London Orch of St Cecilia/James Kelleher

1994

Marco Polo releases CD of Symphony 18, Violin concerto, The jolly miller

1993

Marco Polo releases CD of Symphonies 17, 32, In memoriam, Festal dance

27 August 1992

Psalm 23 given at the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester cathedral by the Royal Liverpool PO/Andrew Massey (Maldwyn Davies, tenor)

20 June 1992

Death of conductor and HBS Vice-President Sir Charles Groves

12 June 1992

Concert of six songs (Snape), twelve partsongs (Bedford Singers/May Walley), John Dowland’s fancy, Prelude and fugue in C minor, 4 miniatures (Ronald Stevenson)

1992

Marco Polo releases CD of Symphonies 4, 12 (Adrian Leaper)

1 December 1991

Ten Brian songs performed by Lisa Westerhout (mezzo) and Tait (pno)

18 October 1991

Reverie from English suite 1 performed

25 September 1991

Performance of Cello concerto, Walsh (vc), Thames Sinfonia, conductor Matthew Taylor

1990

Marco Polo releases CD of Symphony 1; Bratislava RSO and Slovak PO/Ondrej Lenard

27 November 1989

Performance of Symphony 18, North Staffs SO/Johnson

3 October 1989

Performance of Symphony 6, Hamilton PO/Boris Brott: first professional performance of any Brian orchestral work in North America

13 May 1989

Concert including seven songs by Westerhout (mezzo) and Preludes and fugues in C minor, D minor/major (Raymond Clarke)

1989

Hyperion releases CD of Symphony 3, BBCSO/Lionel Friend

15 May 1988

Psalm 23, English suite 1 given by Worthing Phil Chorus, Worthing SO/Jan Cervenka

31 March 1988

HB Society concert in which Raymond Clarke plays Four miniatures, John Dowland’s fancy, Double fugue, March from Turandot

17 May 1987

First public performance of Symphony 3, Composers’ Platform W Midlands SO/Paul Venn

9 May 1987

Non–orchestral performance of Psalm 23, conducted by Litchfield

29 April 1987

First public performance of Symphony 7, Royal Liverpool PO/Sir Charles Mackerras

1987

EMI releases CD of Symphonies 7, 31, Tinker’s wedding with RLPO/Sir Charles Mackerras

5 August 1986

Raymond Clarke performs Preludes and fugues in C minor, D minor/major and gives the first public performance of the Double Fugue

1986

Publication of Malcolm MacDonald (ed), Havergal Brian on Music, vol 1 British Music

10 December 1985

First performance for over 70 years of English suite 1, North Staffs SO/Michael Trowski

1 November 1985

HB Society concert of songs, Purcell Room, Jane Eaglen (op), Victor Morris (pno)

23 March 1985

Camden Choir performs partsongs

12 March 1984

Festival fanfare performance, BBC PO/Nicholas Braithwaite

26 October 1983

First public performance of Symphony 22, RFH, Royal PO/Sir Charles Groves

22 June 1983

Chelmsley Wood Choral Society performs Summer has come

17 May 1983

Chelmsley Wood Choral Society performs 2 partsongs

14 April 1983

Festival fanfare is performed, MSU Brass Choir and Tuba–Euphonium Ensemble/Schulz

1983

Publication of Malcolm MacDonald, The Symphonies of Havergal Brian, vol 3 Symphonies 30–32, Survey and Summing–up

10 July 1982

Chelmsley Wood Choral Society performs Fair pledges

21 April 1982

Performance of Three illuminations, Frank Bayford (speaker), John Mitchell (piano)

April 1982

Performance of By the waters of Babylon with organ [the orchestral score is lost]: Chelmsley Wood Choral Society and soloists/Litchfield

23 January 1982

Reading Bach Choir peforms partsongs

July and December 1981

Performances of English Suite 1 in Edinburgh, Venice and Florence, George Heriots School Orchestra/Martin Rutherford

18 November 1980

Premiere A solemn fanfare from The Cenci, Kensington SO/Leslie Head

24 June 1980

Performance of Butterfly’s waltz from Three illuminations, Keys

25 May 1980

Second professional performance of The Gothic, Royal Albert Hall, LSO forces/Ole Schmidt

13 March 1980

First performance of Burlesque variations, City of Hull Youth SO/Geoffrey Heald–Smith

23 February 1980

English suite 3, Maidstone SO/Bela de Csillery

19 May 1979

First public performance of Violin concerto, Ralph Holmes, YMSO/James Blair

9 March 1979

First professional performance (BBC broadcast) of Symphony 2, BBC SO/Sir Charles Mackerras

9 January 1979

First performances broadcast of Symphonies 27, 31, Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir Charles Mackerras

1979

Musica Viva publishes facsimile study score of Symphony 22

18 November 1978

Dr Merryheart, Young Musicians’ SO/James Blair

June 1978

EMI releases LP of Symphonies 8,9, Royal Liverpool PO/Sir Charles Groves

12 June 1978

Legend, Edmund Reid (vln), Gretta Barrow (pno)

21 May 1978

The Gothic is given an amateur performance, Hanley, soloists, chors, Stoke SO/Stokes

9 March 1978

First public concert to be directly sponsored by the Havergal Brian Society: Four minatures, Prelude and fugue in C minor, Minuet and funral march from Turandot, Ronald Stevenson, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

February 1978

Hull University Singers perform partsongs

1978

Publication of Harold Truscott and Paul Rapoport Havergal Brian’s Gothic Symphony, with How the Gothic Symphony came to be written

1978

Publication of Malcolm MacDonald, The Symphonies of Havergal Brian, vol 2 Symphonies 13–29

1978

Havergal Brian Society granted charitable status

4 November 1977

Performances of Legend and 3 songs

17–24 July 1977

English suite 4, George Herriot’s School Orch/Martin Rutherford

5 July 1977

Premiere of English suite 4, George Heriot’s School Orchestra/Martin Rutherford

23–25 May 1977

Partsong Lullaby of an infant chief

17 February 1977

Premiere of Elegy, Guildhall SO/Wright

7 February 1977

Partsong Shall I compare thee

1 December 1976

Concert of partsongs and Preludes and fugues in C minor, D minor

17 November 1976

Premiere of Symphony 29, North Staffs SO/Smith

10 October 1976

Performances and broadcast of In memoriam, The Gothic [part 1 only], Alexandra Palace, New PO/Sir Charles Groves

5 October 1976

Performances and broadcast of Symphony 20 [premiere], and Symphony 26, Alexandra Palace, New PO/Vernon Handley

29 September 1976

Performance and broadcast of Symphony 5, Alexandra Palace, Brian Rayner Cook, New PO/Stanley Pope

24 September 1976

First of a four concert series mounted by BBC and New PO of Brian at Alexandra Palace
First performances (also broadcast) of Preludio tragico, Symphony 30, New PO/Harry Newstone

27 July 1976

Performance and BBC broadcast of Symphony 9, Royal Liverpool PO/Sir Charles Groves

26 July 1976

Song recital by Brian Rayner Cook

13 May 1976

Performances of Symphony 26 [premiere], Psalm 23, Two Herrick songs, North Staffs SO/Smith

1976

Publication of Reginald Nettel, Havergal Brian: The Man and his Music

1976

Publication of Lewis Foreman, Havergal Brian and the Performance of his Orchestral Music

1976

Publication of Kenneth Eastaugh, Havergal Brian: The Making of a Composer

1976

Concert of songs, 4 miniatures, Prelude and fugue in C minor, Legend

1976

CBS releases LP of Symphony 22, English suite 5, Psalm 23

13 May 1976

Performance of two Herrick songs

30 January 1976

Blow blow, 4 miniatures, Turandot arrangements performed

29 January 1976

Excerpts from The Tigers performed by Kensington SO/Leslie Head

20 January 1976

First public performance of Symphony 9, Royal Liverpool PO/Sir Charles Groves

25 June 1975

BBC broadcasts Das Siegeslied

18 June 1975

BBC broadcasts Symphonies 6, 16, 24, London PO/Myer Fredman

11 June 1975

BBC broadcasts Symphony 18, New Philharmonia/Bryan Fairfax

9 June 1975

Psalm 23, Stoke on Trent, John Wilbraham Trio, Bedford Singers/May Walley

May 1975

Lyrita releases LP of Symphonies 6, 16, London PO/Myer Fredman

22 April 1975

Symphony 10, Hanley, Hallé Orchestra/James Loughran

18 April 1975

Symphony 10, Sheffield, Hallé Orchestra/James Loughran

17 April 1975

BBC broadcasts first public performance of Symphony 10, live, Manchester, Hallé Orchestra/James Loughran

12 April 1975

Concerto for orchestra [premiere], City of Leeds College of Music Symphony Orchestra/Joseph Stones

7 December 1974

The jolly miller, [UK premiere] Havant Symphony Orchestra/Peter Craddock

28 November 1974

BBC Radio London broadcasts In memoriam, Hammersmith, Fulham Municipal Orch/Josef Vandernoot

16 November 1974

In memoriam, Hammersmith, Fulham Municipal Orch/Josef Vandernoot

16 November 1974

BBC broadcast of Symphony 23, University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra/Bernard Goodman, 7 October 1973

15 November 1974

Two performances of The jolly miller [premiere], Philadelphia, Main Line SO/Robert Fitzpatrick

18 October 1974

First performance (BBC broadcast) of Symphony 3, Ronald Stevenson, David Wilde (pianos), BBC SO/Stanley Pope

13 October 1974

BBC invitation concert of Das Siegeslied, Alexandra Palace, BBC Singers & Choral Society, Goldsmith’s Choral Union, London PO/John Poole

4 October 1974

Two performances of Fanfare from The Cenci, University of Illinois Wind Ensemble/Robert Gray

30 August 1974

BBC broadcasts Psalm 23, Symphony 22, Paul Taylor, Brighton Festival Chorus, Leicestershire Schools SO/Eric Pinkett and Laszlo Heltay

20 August 1974

Second BBC broadcast of Agamemnon, BBC Northern forces/Richard Armstrong

14 June 1974

Public rehearsal of In memoriam, Hammersmith, Fulham Municipal Orch/Josef Vandernoot

1974

Musica Viva publishes facsimile study score of Symphony 9

1974

Publication of Malcolm MacDonald, The Symphonies of Havergal Brian, vol 1 Symphonies 1–12

1974

Musica Viva publishes facsimile study score of Symphony 6

1974

Havergal Brian Society founded

7 October 1973

Performance of Symphony 23, University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra/Bernard Goodman

5 October 1973

Performance of Symphony 23, University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra/Bernard Goodman

5 October 1973

UK broadcast of the world premiere of Symphony 28 (performed in June), New Philharmonia/Leopold Stokowski

4 October 1973

First performance of Symphony 23, University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra/Bernard Goodman

27 September 1973

BBC broadcast of Symphony 2, London 24 May, Kensington SO/Leslie Head

18 September 1973

BBC broadcast of Festival fanfare, Royal Liverpool PO/Sir Charles Groves

16 June 1973

BBC broadcast of Agamemnon, BBC Northern forces/Richard Armstrong

7 June 1973

World premiere of Symphony 28 at BBC Maida Vale Studio no. 1 for future broadcast. Conducting this symphony by a 91–year–old composer was the internationally–renowned 91–year–old Leopold Stokowski, with the New Philharmonia

6 June 1973

UK premiere (and BBC broadcast) of Festival fanfare, York Festival, Royal Liverpool PO/Sir Charles Groves

24 May 1973

Performance of Symphony 2, London, Kensington SO/Leslie Head

20 May 1973

Performance of Symphony 2, Hanley, Kensington SO/Leslie Head

19 May 1973

First performance of Symphony 2, Brighton, Kensington SO/Leslie Head

9 May 1973

BBC broadcasts Symphony 10, Leicestershire Schools SO/Eric Pinkett

15 April 1973

Second BBC Radio Brighton broadcast of 10 March performance of Psalm 23

12 April 1973

BBC Radio Brighton broadcasts 10 March performance of Psalm 23

April 1973

Unicorn releases first commercial recording: an LP of Symphonies 10,21 Leicestershire Schools SO/James Loughran, Eric Pinkett

10 March 1973

Psalm 23 performed at Hove: Stuart Holland, Brighton Festival Chorus, Leicestershire Schools SO/Laszlo Heltay

1973

Musica Viva publishes facsimile study score of Symphony 10

1973

Musica Viva publishes facsimile study score of Symphony 8

1973

Musica Viva publishes facsimile study score of Symphony 2

16 December 1972

Second broadcasts of Symphonies 9, 22, Royal PO/Myer Fredman

Material by Lewis Foreman (1974) and Malcolm MacDonald (1981), published in Havergal Brian Society Newsletter 37, December/October 1981.
Additional material by Lewis Foreman (from Havergal Brian and the Performance of his Orchestral Music) and Malcolm MacDonald (various dates to 1998).
Further information from the Havergal Brian Society Archives.
Based on a chronology by Tim Horwood. Collated, with ‘non-Brian’ events added by Jeremy Marchant and Martyn Becker.