Clifford Bartlett Appeal



Over a year ago, I wrote about the demise of King’s Music, one the most distinguished publishers of early music facsimiles and editions (whose catalog has since been taken over by the Early Music Company).

The owner and founder of the now defunct company, Clifford Bartlett, has suffered much in the process, the fallout of which has been apparent to many friends and colleagues.

An appeal has been initiated to help Clifford recover some of his financial losses. A number of luminaries have given their names in support—Emma Kirkby, Peter Maxwell Davies, John Eliot Gardiner, Roger Norrington, Harry Christophers, Christopher Hogwood, Andrew Parrott, and John Rutter.

The goal is to raise £75, 000 ($122,000) in order to help secure the future of Clifford’s children. You can help, too, by making a donation.

“…made payable to Clifford Bartlett Appeal, may be sent to the Appeal Secretary, Nick Fisher, at Providence House, High Street, Northleach, Gloucestershire, GL54 3EU or direct to NatWest Bank, 121 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4DD, sort number 60-70-03 and account number 50229613. (If your account is in Europe you will need to quote the IBAN, SWIFT numbers.) For further information, please contact Nick via email:”

On a personal note, I first met Clifford in London at the International Early Music Festival and Exhibition when it was still held at the Royal College of Music. He was kind, genuinely interested in my questions, and generous—he gave me an incredible discount on a purchase which included his edition of Handel’s “Messiah” for Oxford University Press. I’ll never forget that meeting.

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