Alan Bush should be ranked as one of the major musical figures of 20th century British music. Born in 1900 he was a pupil of John Ireland and was a Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music for half a century. Sadly, his work was little recognised in Britain during his lifetime, despite early career success with his Dialectic for String Quartet.
The reason for this neglect lies with fact that Alan Bush was a member of the British Communist Party from the mid 1930's until his death which alienated him from the influential movers and shakers of the British musical hierarchy, especially the BBC. Thankfully, this no longer acts as a barrier to the wonderful music which is being performed far more regularly.