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Stainer & Bell Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – London, UK – 15 November 2019

Stainer & Bell, the independent British music publisher, today announces the retirement of Carol and Keith Wakefield as Managing Director and Chairman, respectively.

This is a landmark moment for the Company, as Carol and her husband have been at the helm for over three decades, taking over from Carol’s father Bernard Braley in 1988, and with family links to the publishing house dating back to 1912. Stainer & Bell is hugely indebted to both Carol and Keith for their remarkable stewardship of this unique family firm and wishes them all the very best for their retirement.

The new team, headed up by Antony Kearns, already have many years’ experience with the Company behind them, and Carol and Keith wish them well as they write the next chapter of Stainer & Bell.

Commenting on his appointment as Managing Director, Antony Kearns said, “I am honoured, privileged and absolutely thrilled to take up the baton for this iconic, much-loved company. Stainer & Bell has a rich publishing pedigree, with a special contribution to British music. We have a gifted, dedicated staff here in North London and are well placed to continue to thrive and flourish as a fiercely independent music publisher in the 21st century.”

Founded in 1907, Stainer & Bell is well known for its early 20th-century works – Holst, Howells, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, etc. – forming the beginning of an important catalogue of British sacred and secular choral, chamber and orchestral music which is continued through to the present. The company is also recognised for its distinguished collected editions including Musica Britannica, The Byrd Edition, Early English Church Music and new volumes in the Purcell Society Edition. Contemporary British hymnody and religious song also feature prominently in the catalogue, which represents many of the most influential hymnwriters acknowledged today.

For additional information, contact:

Antony Kearns
Managing Director

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