Lyrita was also the first label to record George Lloyd, whose monumental Fourth Symphony of 1946, given a studio performance thanks to Wright two years ago, awaits a second public performance. Foulds, Finzi and Bax hardly get a look in, except in what might be called cult circumstances. If you are lucky you might occasionally encounter a performance of Howells’s overwhelming Hymnus Paradisi, but what about his orchestral music?
I suppose, lacking the coat-tails of a continuous centuries-old tradition to ride upon, English composers of the late 19th and 20th centuries should regard themselves as lucky to be allowed out at all. For years, neither the BBC nor recording companies did their bit. Now they are. It is up to the audience now to go beyond the obvious, be daring, and hear what they have been missing.