Most of Moeran's contemporary composers have
societies or trusts set up as registered charities in their names,
dedicated to the continual promotion of their work, the sponsoring
of performances, recordings, competitions and so on. Somehow Moeran
missed out on this.
Well, this website can provide a stepping stone towards
a similar goal. By creating an organisation, even one which initially
meets virtually through Internet technologies, the seeds can sown
for a fully recognised, "official" society at a later
date. If this becomes a funded organisation which can initiate recordings
and sponsor concerts, so much the better, but that is for the members
to discuss and decide at a late date. The first step is to create
a loose organisation of interested parties, a group able to decide
democratically the direction it wants to take.
For the moment the Virtual Moeran Society is looking
for initial registrations of interest. Anyone is free to join, or
leave, at any point, and at no cost. If there is sufficient interest
I can set up online chat facilities or e-mailing groups for further
discussion - that way you will decide what direction any society
is to take. In this way anyone around the world can become involved
at no extra cost or inconvenience, and we take another step towards
harnessing the Internet in what I believe is a unique way.
So if you sign up for a Virtual Moeran Society membership
now, what does that mean? What's in it for you now, beyond the initial
registration? Here are a few initial ideas:
The restoration of the 1946 Violin Concerto recording
is hopefully only the start of a series of such projects. I may
not be in a position to make these recordings commercially available,
but through Society membership I hope to offer you 'homemade' CDs
of these works at budget CD prices.
Show your enthusiasm for Moeran by adopting a Moeran.com
e-mail address. You might not be able to get the name you want at
Hotmail or AOL, but the slightly smaller numbers involved here mean
you've a pretty good chance of getting <yourname>@moeran.com
as an e-mail address. As long as yourname isn't Andrew or Barry,
of course! You don't need to change Internet Provider to use this
- mail sent to your Moeran.com address can be automatically redirected
to your normal account - it just acts as an alias.
Put your name in the Moeran Society Register, as we
build up an indication of just how many people are interested in
Moeran and his music.
Your own ideas
These are just a few suggestions. Ideally a Virtual
Moeran Society will generate further ideas which, if feasible, can
be put into practise. Until we have a firm idea of numbers and level
of interest it's hard to say where this might lead - so have your