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THE SOLO-VIOLIN MUSIC OF GRAHAM WHETTAM

A new recording of the complete solo-violin music of Graham Whettam will be launched on Saturday 14 September in an event hosted as part of the Gloucester Heritage Open Days. A person of great integrity, Whettam was a composer prolific in many genres; he was also the longest serving Chairman of the Composers’ Guild of Great Britain and in this role was responsible for fostering understanding, musical performance and the exchange of ideas between people from many different countries. He lived in Gloucestershire for several years, so it is especially fitting that the launch of this recording should take place in Gloucester in the Church of St Mary de Lode. The event is free to attend.

 

Christine Talbot-Cooper, who knew Whettam well and has been instrumental in securing performances of many of his works, will discuss with Rupert Marshall-Luck, the artist on the disc, the composer’s life and music. Excerpts from the disc will also be played.

HOLST AND HOLBROOKE RARITIES TO BE RELEASED

We are delighted to announce that another forthcoming disc, comprising songs for tenor and piano by Gustav Holst and Joseph Holbrooke performed by James Geer and Ronald Woodley, will be launched at the Fourth Yorkshire English Music Festival at 1.15pm on Sunday 29th September at St Andrew’s Church, Aysgarth, Leyburn, in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. The event will be complemented by a recital that same evening by Geer and Woodley, the programme including many of the works featured on the disc.

 

Tickets to the launch cost £8.00, which includes a glass of prosecco or a non-alcoholic drink; while tickets to the recital cost £15.00. Both are available directly from the website of the English Music Festival: please click here for the online Box Office.

GURNEY RARITIES TO BE RELEASED ON DISC

The May 2018 English Music Festival featured a concert which, even more than ever, thrilled and delighted the packed audience in Dorchester Abbey. The concert was given by celebrated baritone Roderick Williams, the Bridge Quartet and pianist Michael Dussek, and one of the works they presented to tremendous acclaim was Ivor Gurney’s “The Western Playland”. A few weeks later, we took this work into the recording studio at Potton Hall with the same artists: the sessions also included the world première recording of Gurney’s String Quartet in D minor of 1925 (a rare survivor among Gurney string quartets), as well as songs by Gurney and Howells (including the wonderful “King David”). The disc will be launched this coming autumn.

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REVIEWS
Beautifully shaped by Benjamin Frith... Beguiling sounds, graced by the tawny richness and unexaggerated line of Richard Jenkinson’s cello playing... The sense of purpose and sureness of line of Ian Venables’ music is pure oxygen.
EMR CD31 | BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
Exquisitely rewarding... Ravishing accounts.
EMR CD029 | CHOIR AND ORGAN
This is music of great beauty and integrity and the performances fully do it justice. It would be criminal to let it pass you by.

EMR CD028 | INTERNATIONAL
RECORD REVIEW

The Bridge Quartet approach these pieces with a sympathetic and insightful warmth, and confirm their ambassadorial credentials for British chamber music. A lovely, radiant disc.
EMR CD025 | Gramophone
Duncan Honeybourne’s playing is astonishingly affectionate, yet never saccharine... Honeybourne plays with suave confidence.
EMR CD024 | INTERNATIONAL PIANO
Rupert Marshall-Luck is an ideal interpreter: generously but not effusively lyrical; agile and athletic... The warm, folk-song like slow movement is at times almost painfully beautiful, with a shimmering pastoral central section... Marshall-Luck is, again, indefatigable and keenly picks up on the work’s melancholic strain.  Finely recorded and with comprehensive booklet notes, this is a must for fans of 20th-century English repertoire.
EMR CD023 | THE STRAD