GENESIS AND HOPE

GENESIS AND HOPE

Concert review: music by Kraus, Coult, Sibelius and Arnold St Paul’s SinfoniaPhilippa Boyle soprano Andrew Morley conductor Friday 17 May, St Margaret’s Church, Blackheath The St Paul’s Sinfonia, who celebrate their 20th anniversary next year, are a...
Series unearths scores from the past

Series unearths scores from the past

The English Heritage Music Series, an initiative presented by the University of Minnesota’s Library Publishing Services, now offers free access to musical compositions previously out of reach or long out of print.  More than 160 performance scores for music by...
GODS, GHOSTS AND MONSTERS

GODS, GHOSTS AND MONSTERS

Songs by Collins, Butterworth, Warlock, Holst, Bridge Scott Robert Shaw tenorConceptus DIVINE ART DDX 21133 Australian-born Scott Robert Shaw is a former member of (among many others) the Holst Singers. His debut disc The English Tenor explored early C20th English...
GREG CAFFREY: Environments

GREG CAFFREY: Environments

Ulster OrchestraSinead Hayes ConductorCraig Ogden guitar Daniel Browell piano DIVINE ART DDX 21131 The Ulster composer Greg Caffrey is a new name to me, though I have been aware of the Hard Rain Ensemble that he founded a decade ago. Aingeal is a tribute to a loved...
NEXUS

NEXUS

Twenty compositions by seven contemporary composers Oscar Whight trumpetZeynep Özsuca piano Willowhayne Records  WHR093 It was trumpet-player Oscar Whight who, in 2020 during the pandemic, when musicians were being forced apart from one another, decided to bring...
THE PRE-RAPHAELITE CELLO

THE PRE-RAPHAELITE CELLO

Adrian Bradbury celloAndrew West piano SOMM SOMMCD 0685 It might be thought perverse to choose the shortest piece here as the defining example of the distinguished artistry epitomised within. Grainger’s Variations on Handel’s ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’, which later...
HUW WATKINS: Chamber Music and Works

HUW WATKINS: Chamber Music and Works

Leonore Piano TrioOrchestra NovaGeorge Vass conductor Resonus RES10338 The booklet notes confidently proclaim right from the start that ‘Huw Watkins is widely recognised as the leading Welsh composer of his generation’. It is certainly true that his CV proves as much....
STEPHEN DODGSON: Canticle of the Sun

STEPHEN DODGSON: Canticle of the Sun

SonoroNeil Ferris conductor SOMM SOMMCD 0686 Having recently reviewed the new publication marking the composer’s centenary, it has been a pleasure to encounter this third issue of his music from the confident and enterprising chamber choir, Sonoro. Dodgson’s scores...
PHILIP HAMMOND: Tales of the Glens

PHILIP HAMMOND: Tales of the Glens

Piano music by Philip Hammond with storytelling by Liz Weir and Colin Urwin Anthony Capparelli piano Divine Art           ddx 21125 American pianist Anthony Capparelli, now resident in Belgium, presents his own choice of piano music by the...
Private viewing of John McCabe video

Private viewing of John McCabe video

The video tribute to John McCabe, first screened at the BMS AGM in October last year, can be viewed by members only on a private online platform for three days from 18 to 20 July. Members wishing to see the video during this limited period will need to email Wendy...