I appreciate that statistics can be maniplulated and misleading but I selected 50 British composers each of whom had written at least two numbered symphonies and at least one of whose symphonies is on cd. (So...no Derek Bourgeois!).
I excluded those symphonies withdrawn and the score no longer available to my knowledge. I also excluded Joseph Holbrooke (my apologies!) because I cannot be certain how many symphonies he actually wrote!
The total is indeed 288 symphonies. Those which are not available on cd or which cannot-to my knowledge- be downloaded from off-air recordings are:
Edgar Bainton Symphony No.1
Stanley Bate Symphony No.2
Arthur Butterworth Symphony No.7
Arnold Cooke Symphony No.2 (and No.6 but that will soon be rectified!)
Alun Hoddinott Symphony No.1
John McCabe Symphony on a Pavane(Symphony No.6)
Anthony Milner Symphony No.3
Robert Still Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
William Wordsworth Symphony No.6 "Sinfonia Elegiaca"
11 in total (10 after the Cooke No.6 is broadcast). David Matthews is completing or has already completed his Ninth but it will certainly become available in due course.
The point of all this? Yes, to recognise that the situation over the last few years has indeed changed out of all recognition. There are certainly a considerable number of British symphonists who have not had even one of their symphonies recorded commercially-a composer like David Ellis springs to mind, Ian Parrott is another. But those of us-and I very much do include myself-who lament the neglect of so many British composers need to reflect on what has been achieved over the last decade!
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