The Walford Award is made to someone who has made a significant contribution to the reference and information world in the United Kingdom.
Dr Lewis Foreman not only has had a distinguished career in libraries, but also he has contributed enormously to the literature of music, and it is for that reason he is being presented with the Walford Award.
He is a renowned and established authority on British classical music of the 20th century, with an impressive portfolio of books, articles, record notes and musical obituaries as well as regular appearances on BBC Radio 3.
Lewis has authored or edited several essential reference works on music including Information sources in music and London: a musical gazetteer. The latter, written in collaboration with his wife Susan, is a fascinating book for anyone interested in London and/or music. The five musical walks sound very interesting and, of course, there is an extensive bibliography.
Earlier in his career, Lewis published Discographies: a bibliography and Systematic discography. These were followed by books on Havergal Brian and the performance of his orchestral work, The music of Frank Bridge, a complete catalogue of the works of Arthur Bliss, The church music of Walford Davis, and From Parry to Britten: British Music in Letters 1900-1945.
Lewis is the authority on the works of Arnold Bax, and in 2007 published Bax: a composer and his times, which has been described as a classic biography. He seems tireless, in the last few years contributing to The Cambridge companion to recorded music, as well as producing works on Percy Grainger, John Ireland and Herbert Howells.
He was awarded a PhD from Cardiff University in 2005, and is a research fellow in the Music Department at Birmingham University.
For his contribution to music information, the Information Services Group is delighted to present Lewis Foreman with the Walford Award for 2016.
Refer 32 (3) Autumn 2016