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On these pages you will find a series of articles concerning Bush as a major composer of the 20th century and his contribution as a pianist, conductor, and teacher of composition.


A Recollection of the 1st Performance of The Nottingham Symphony
by Nancy Bush
A recollection of the 1st Performance of The Nottingham Symphony on on 27 June 1949 by Alan Bush's wife, Nancy Bush.
The Complete Organ Works of Alan Bush
by David Bednall
A review of the CD 'Alan Bush: The Complete Organ Works'.
The Correspondence of Alan Bush and John Ireland, 1927 1961
by Rachel O'Higgins
Rachel O'Higgins previews her forthcoming book 'The Correspondence of Alan Bush and John Ireland, 1927 - 1961' which provides invaluable insight into the lives of Alan Bush and John Ireland and their long musical and personal relationship.
Northumbrian Impressions
by Chris Calver
Chris Calver writes about Northumbrian Impressions, originally composed by Alan Bush for the Northumbrian Smallpipes and also reviews a performance of the work by Alison Teale at the Purcell Room in London.
"Rhapsody in Red" BBC Radio 4
by Rachel O'Higgins
A review of a programme, broadcast on Radio 4 on 15th June 2002, which explored the link between music and socialism between the wars, through the work of Rutland Boughton, Michael Tippett and Alan Bush.
Recording Alan Bush's Piano Music
by Peter Jacobs
In June 1986, Peter Jacobs published an article in the British Music Society Newsletter. In this article, he wrote about his experiences in recording the Twenty-Four Preludes and other works by Alan Bush.
The English Production Of Wat Tyler, June 1974
by Rachel O'Higgins
In June 1974, the first and only British stage production of Wat Tyler was mounted at the Sadler's Wells Theatre, London. This article recalls those memorable performances.
Alan Bush Remembered
by Roger Steptoe
Roger Steptoe, the composer and pianist, is a former student of Alan Bush at the Royal Academy of Music, 1974 - 1977.
The Alan Bush Centenary Concerts
by Simon Jenner
This article is reproduced with the kind permission of the British Music Society.
Alan Bush
by Martin Anderson
First published in 'Counterpoints', the newsletter of the British Music Information Centre.
Alan Bush (1900-1995) - 'Time Remembered'
by Michael Jones
This piece was first published in British Music, ed. Roger Carpenter, Volume 22, 2000 and was edited for the Alan Bush website by Rachel O'Higgins.
More Than a Pleasant Way to Pass the Time? Alan Bush and Socialist Music Between the Wars
by Duncan Hall
A book by Duncan Hall, 'A Pleasant Change From Politics': The musical culture of the British labour movement, 1918-1939, will be published in 2001.
Alan Bush - An Appreciation
by John Amis
Taken from programme note for the "Alan Bush and Aaron Copland Centenary Focus Concert".
Writing for Music
by Nancy Bush
First published in "Time Remembered - Alan Bush: an 80th Birthday Symposium".
Alan Bush as a Composition Teacher
by Timothy Bowers
Dr Timothy Bowers' motivation for writing this article was to express his "profound appreciation for Alan Bush as a teacher of composition and to publicise his huge contribution in that field".
Alan Bush and the English Tradition
by Professor Wilfred Mellers
First published in Clarion: the newsletter of the Alan Bush Music Trust (Autumn 1998).

Alan Bush at Radlett aged 69

Interested in contributing an article?
Please contact the Alan Bush Music Trust at info@alanbushtrust.org.uk.