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On 10th March 2010, Stephen, who died in 1992 would have had his sixtieth birthday. To mark this milestone, his sister and brother together with his many friends, co-ordinated efforts to celebrate his work and document his extraordinary life. We also record below, information about events that took place and the book about Stephen's life.
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Lady Jane CD at last!
We receive more enquiries about the soundtrack to the film Lady Jane than any other of Stephen's works!

Thanks to the good works of Tadlow Music and Quartet Records, there is at last a recording available....and what a recording! This is a double CD of the original recording played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Harry Rabinowitz. It comes with a lengthy and fascinating booklet about the background to the piece.
To purchase this newly issued double CD, go to www.tadlowmusic.com/2017/07/the-rare-film-score-event-of-the-year-world-premiere-release-of-the-complete-score-to-lady-jane/

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After Stephen died in 1992, amongst his possessions we found a large blue Trophy box containing this crystal Rose Bowl. He had never mentioned it and we had no idea who had awarded it. Stephen’s mother did some research and it transpired that it was the Wavendon AllMusic Award presented to Stephen on 17th January, 1991 at the Banqueting House by HRH Princess Margaret. Stephen used the occasion to make an impassioned speech about the state of music education in UK schools.

Now the trophy is back at Stephen's old school, Ardingly College where it is awarded to annually to the 'Musician of the Year'. This year, it has been awarded to a student named (co-incidentally) Oliver. The citation reads:

"A consummate, eccentric and highly virtuosic performer, Oliver has won the inaugural Ardingly Young Musician of the Year competition with his performance of Joseph Horowitz’s ‘Clarinet Sonatina’. This was a flamboyant and musical display which married the technical demands of this jazz-inspired Sonatina with his own personal dynamism. Totally comfortable in performance, Oliver has also managed the very demanding workloads of the IB Diploma alongside his various musical activities where he contributes to the Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band. Oliver has a very promising musical career ahead of him as he heads to university, either at Durham or Exeter later this year."

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Performances coming up
Tim Rice is launching a new production of 'Blondel' at Union Theatre, London from 21st June to 15th July 2017.
Performances are from Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm.

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"Friendships in Constant Repair: Perspectives on the Life and Work of Stephen Oliver"
This new book was 'editor's choice' in Classical Music Magazine and listed as one of the books of the year in Classic FM Magazine. It was also reviewed by Rodney Milnes in the March, 2011 Opera magazine.

In addition to a biography of Stephen’s unusual early life and school days, the book includes wonderful reminiscences and quotes from many eminent people in the Arts world. There are also over 30 photographs and transcripts of two interviews with Stephen. There are examples of his own brilliant writing plus a CD of him talking and singing.
Stephen's enormous talent in music and literature, generosity to others, keen wit and wonderful sense of humour, make this a must-read book for anyone interested in music, theatre and the arts—or anyone interested in simply exploring the concept of friendship or an approach to dealing with a terminal illness in the prime of life.

Ruth and James Oliver say: “We have experienced a wide range of emotions and remembrances as we have compiled our brother’s story. We have shed tears and laughed out loud, and in learning more about his extraordinary life, we have in turn learnt more about ourselves. We hope that all who read this book will enjoy something of the same experience.”

The £20 hardback book (ISBN 978-184876-534-4) is now available from UK booksellers and can be ordered from this website using Visa, MasterCard, Maestro and a wide range of other cards or PayPal. BOOKS ORDERED ON THIS WEBSITE ARE SOLD AT 25% DISCOUNT i.e. £15 plus £3 p&p per book.

Click the 'Add to Cart' button above to order a copy or copies. If you have any difficulty ordering online, simply use the contact section to send a message with your request and we will get back to you.

Andrew Green's four star review in the Classical Music Magazine (23rd October, 2010) says:

"Nearly two decades after his death and published to mark the 60th anniversary of his birth comes this variegated collection of writings in memory of the extraordinary Stephen Oliver. His output as a composer was staggering enough, most notably of course opera and musical theatre, but he was also a natural broadcaster, writer, lecturer and even actor, cramming his all-too-short life with contributions to the cultural body politic. And as the Samuel Johnson quotation in the book title is intended to indicate, Oliver took friendship and its responsibilities as seriously as anything else.
Friends indeed contribute much to this compilation, the devoted work of Oliver's brother and sister. The memories go back to early years, including his time as a St Paul's Cathedral chorister, when the already precocious early talent blossomed. We sample 0liver's own authentic voice talking about his life in conversation with Paul Griffiths and then German journalist Werner Bleisteiner, before moving on to a transcript of a legendary Radio 3 One Pair of Ears review of a week's broadcasting - deliciously written in rhyming couplets. Both this and the Bleisteiner interview also appear (along with examples of Oliver as witty songwriter/performer) on a bonus CD which adds greatly to the overall package.
Among the household names contributing memories are Tim Rice (on his collaboration with Oliver on the strangely underperformed musical Blondel), Simon Callow (musing on Oliver's gift for graceful bluntness), Graham Vick, Jonathan Dove and Jane Glover, whose close friendship with Oliver began at Oxford and flourished ever thereafter. There are contributions from Oliver's doctor and the nurse with him when he died of an Aids-related illness. His ashes were scattered at Batignano, the medieval Tuscan hill village graced so often, as we read, by his operas. Finally comes a transcript of the 1992 celebration of Oliver's life at St Paul's Covent Garden, including his setting of the Horatian lines embracing the legendary motto Carpe Diem. I hope that the truly gigantic concluding list of works and the book as a whole will encourage an 'Oliver Revival'. He probably would have chortled at the thought."


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