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Stainer & Bell acquires English Philharmonia Catalogue

Embracing fresh challenges after a decade of successful choral music publishing, founders of the English Philharmonia catalogue Graham and Anna Wili are delighted to be passing on the entire corpus to one of the UK’s best-loved and longest established music publishers, Stainer & Bell.

Over ten years, Graham and Anna have curated a unique list of choral works, for ensembles ranging from community choirs to professional choruses, by outstanding composers including Paul AyresAndrew CotteeJenny GouldBrian KnowlesSebastian Weiss and Chris Williams.

Reflecting on the experience, Graham said: “The last ten years have been wonderful, working with such talented names to publish new music that both delights audiences and is rewarding for all singers. With Stainer & Bell’s great energy and vision under the leadership of Managing Director Antony Kearns and the newly appointed Choral Ambassador Angus Smith, I have no doubt this music will go on to have a very bright future.”

Responding to the acquisition, Antony Kearns commented: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome English Philharmonia’s composers to our unrivalled collection of British music, and we look forward to introducing these works to choirs and audiences throughout the world. Their composers couldn’t have found a better home than S&B, with its unique heritage and dedication to building on the past with a programme of exciting new publishing projects for the twenty-first century.”


Founded in 1907, Stainer & Bell is an independent publishing house with an extensive catalogue of music for voices, representing the highest achievements of British composers from the Byrd Edition to the contemporary Choral Now series, as well as opera, orchestral and chamber music and hymnody. Stainer & Bell also publish several collected editions that are internationally esteemed for their surpassing scholarship.

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