Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Holst Society, established to commemorate the English composer Gustav Holst. The Society's aim is to bring his work to a wider audience by promoting and sponsoring performances and recordings of his compositions.

For over 80 years, there has been no Holst society, although his music has been promoted not only by the Holst Birthplace Trust in Cheltenham, but also by the Holst Foundation. The chairman, Chris Cope, a committed advocate of British music for many years, recognised the omission and the need to support the life and works of Gustav Holst, and decided to set up the Holst Society, which was officially launched at the English Music Festival at the spring bank holiday weekend in 2017.

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With the exception of his ever popular work, The Planets, live performances of Holst's works appear to be in decline, and he is sadly at risk of becoming known as a one-work composer. Therefore, the Society wishes to ensure that a wide selection of his music is played and sung throughout the UK by amateur orchestras, choral societies and other music groups.

Since Holst's death over 80 years ago, much of his music has been recorded, but many gaps remain. The Society will also promote the recording of works as yet unrecorded, particularly the choral repertoire for which he was renowned.

The work of the Society will primarily be carried out by means of grants provided to support performances and recordings.

To find out more about supporting the Holst Society, please visit the Support Us page.

About the Holst Society

More about the Holst Society's foundation, objectives, funding and activities.
About the Society

About Gustav Holst

Find out about Holst's life and work, and explore the wide variety of his compositions.
About Gustav Holst

Support Us

All about subscriptions, grants and the benefits of joining or supporting the Holst Society.
Supporting the Society

Recordings

Read about the upcoming recording projects currently planned and sponsored by the Society.
New Recordings

Launch of the Holst Society

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The Holst Society was launched at the English Music Festival in May 2017.

The festival included a lecture by the Holst Society Chairman, Christopher Cope, as well as performances of several of Holst's works.

Friday 26th May, 7.30pm
The Mystic Trumpeter

Saturday 27th May at 7.00pm
Toccata
Nunc Dimittis
Hymns from the Rig Veda (Third Group)
Two hymns from the Rig Veda (Second and Fourth Groups)

For more about the English Music Festival follow the website link below.

English Music Festival website