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Updated  24 Jun 24

Our Society has been dormant for a while following the sad loss of Maurice Bent our founder and Chair.

We are now in the process of re-establishing the society centred around two key themes:

  1. Funding a bursary for local Forest of Dean musicians under the age of 25 to support a formal musical education and or personal development.

  2. Promoting the Life and works of Herbert Howells.

Our Society aims:

For the Promotion of the knowledge and appreciation of the works of Herbert Howells. ​Encouraging young musicians in the Forest Of Dean by way of bursaries. ​Organising concerts and talks and providing a trophy for the Cheltenham competitive (Music) Festival.

Please note The Society takes no responsibility for the external websites or their content

A sample of our great Photographs

All our Photos can be seen at the bottom of each event

Viv Hargreaves the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire presenting to Louis Thomas

2019 Bursary Winner


Our Chair - Maurice Bent with Treasurer - Ed Gaffney

taken at the Bursary Winners Society Concert June 2018


The Gloucester Academy of Music Ensemble playing at the 2019 Bursary Concert

Tobias Napleton Piano the 2006 Bursary Winner playing at the 2018 Bursary Concert


Benjamin Stratford on Baritone Euphonium the 2017 Bursary Winner playing at the 2019 Bursary Concert


Alex Kirk on Piano the 2011 Bursary Winner playing at the 2018 Bursary Concert


Gloucester Cathedral Youth and Junior Choirs singing at the Bursary Concert 2018


The Pillowell Singers performing at the 2019 Bursary Concert


Guest performers, Society Committee members and  Steve Knibbs BBC Points West at the 2018 Bursary Concert

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