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Welcome to the British Viola Society

The Society was originally founded as the English Viola Society in September 2007 by the late Professor John White and Dr Louise Lansdown (President).

The society exists for the benefit of violists and aficionados of the instrument

It has expanded to become the British Viola Society with charitable objectives, aiming to support, promote and encourage every aspect of playing, teaching, composing and research relevant to the viola in Great Britain.

The British Viola Society’s inaugural meeting was held at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on 14 October 2012.

The British Viola Society is a member of the International Viola Society (IVS). 7% of members’ subscriptions go to the IVS, bringing together around 1500 violists across eighteen countries.



The British Viola Society has received the very sad news that Honorary BVS member, Duncan Druce, died in hospital on Monday 12th October 2015.
BVS President, Dr Louise Lansdown pays tribute to Duncan:

“Duncan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Huddersfield for his his work across a number of fields, including historically informed performance of baroque and classical music, his editorial work (mostly famously his completion of Mozart’s Requiem), his performance of contemporary music (he was a founder-member of the Fires of London), BBC Radio 3 producer and composer.
As an Honorary member of the British Viola Society, Duncan freely gave us many of his very special talents, including supporting our viola events in Huddersfield.  I will always remember him conducting his new composition ‘Violas!’ scored for four part ensemble, which he  presented to the Viola Ensemble Day I directed in Huddersfield on 16th November 2014.
His kindness and generosity has inspired many young musicians and he will be very greatly missed.
Our thoughts go to his family.”