Alan Bush (1900 - 1995) "....wrote music of an energetic force and melodious lyricism that was capable of exercising an immediate appeal": Obituary in the Daily Telegraph, 2nd November 1995.
Throughout his life Alan Bush was deeply concerned with improving the human condition and this was reflected in his musical compositions. In addition to being a distinguished composer, he was also a fine pianist, conductor and an excellent teacher of composition.
During his lifetime Bush's career suffered in this country as a result of his unswerving commitment to his Marxist views and espousal of left-wing political causes and from the 1940s onwards he was never properly accepted by the British musical establishment. However, his prodigious output and the sheer quality of his musical works which range from Operas, Symphonies and Concertos to a host of instrumental and vocal works - deserve recognition. It is hoped that in the Centenary Year will begin a process whereby by focusing on the quality of his music, rather than his politics, Bush will receive the recognition he deserves.