Prima Facie Records

CD label featuring world premières by British composers.

Prima Facie is the meeting of two minds - Giles Easterbrook and Stephen Plews - both known in the music industry as champions of new music. They have produced or promoted hundreds of projects, many of which have won awards or been recognised as outstanding contributions to the arts.

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New for 2018

Organ Works Volume 1 (PFCD076) £12.50

Organ works by Ronald Frost performed by Simon Passmore

Toccata for St Ann’s (July 1980)
Partita: Conditor Alme (Bury, December 1996)
Berceuse (Bury, July 1984) (For Andrew Shaw – former Organ Scholar at St Ann’s – to celebrate his success in the ARCO examination)
Three Pieces for Organ (for Calthorpe Emslie – August 2001)
Chorale Preludes (for Calthorpe Emslie, 1999)
Meditation on a Dutch Hymn Tune (for Jeffrey – August 1982) (De eersten zijn de laatsten – Fritz Mehrtens)
Meditation on ‘Ripponden’ (for Trevor – Bury, July 1981) (For the funeral of my dear friend Trevor Tildesly)
Variations on David Mardon’s Hymn Tune ‘Nicola’ (Bury, April 1998) (To David Mardon – with apologies for ruining a good tune!)

Ronald Frost Vol 1 CD

Prima Facie are delighted to celebrate the life and works of the legendary musical polymath Ronald Frost with this first volume in the series of his complete organ works, performed by Simon Passmore.

As organist of the historic St Ann's, Manchester, for 37 years, Ronald Frost remained at the forefront of the city's music-making throughout the second half of the 20th century. He was associated with the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) where his input and experience helped mould the creative personalities of many of Britain's most eminent practitioners. Likewise, as one of the defining choral conductors of his generation, he brought the Hallé Choir to a level of performance which had few, if any, equals.

Simon Passmore was born in Hexham in 1990 and began piano lessons at the age of seven, studying with Hexham Abbey's then directors of music John Green and Michael Haynes, and then with Newcastle University's head of keyboard David Murray. He has given solo piano recitals at numerous festivals across the UK and has featured as a concerto soloist both in the UK and abroad. Simon is currently the Organist and Director of Music at St Ann's Church, Manchester, where he gives lunchtime organ recitals on a weekly basis.

Clarinet Fantasies (PFCD078) £12.50

20th Century British Works for Clarinet and Piano, performed by Nadia Wilson, clarinet, and Martin Butler, piano

Arnold Bax: Clarinet Sonata in D Major
I. Molto moderato
II. Vivace
Joseph Horovitz: Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano in B Flat Major
I. Allegro calmato
II. Lento, quasi andante
III. Con brio
Martin Butler: Barlow Dale: Four Characteristic Pieces
I. Barlow Dale
II. Inspector Merlin
III. Miss Honeyflower
IV. Asiam Rex
John Ireland: Fantasy-Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

Clarinet Fantasies CD

This album boasts the world première recording of Martin Butler’s 1977 work 'Barlow Dale: Four Characteristic Pieces'.

The album also includes Arnold Bax’s 'Clarinet Sonata in D Major', the 'Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano in B flat Major' by Joseph Horovitz, and John Ireland’s 'Fantasy-Sonata for Clarinet and Piano'.

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Coming Soon

Mark Yeats
'the anatomy of melancholy'
the anatomy of melancholy CD

"Ian Pace is a phenomenal pianist; a man whose musicality and intellect I have admired for many years. I have heard him fearlessly play some of the most challenging music of our time with huge flair, passion, insight and musicality. I’ve been writing piano music since 1997 and over the years have built up a substantial catalogue of works, many of them hugely ambitious and virtuosic beyond normal pianistic expectations. Across the years, due to a number of factors mainly around the music’s enormous challenges, only a tiny handful of the pieces (often the least frightening and shortest of them) have been performed live, and none so far recorded. Now, for the first time in this amazing collaboration with Ian Pace I have found a pianist who not only enjoys and can meet these challenges but actually wants to perform my work because of the very nature of the music itself.

This album will be the first recorded collection of my piano works ranging from 1997 to the present day. Pieces on the album include:
‘the anatomy of melancholy’ (1998 c. 17 minutes)
‘enuma elis’ (2010 c.13 minutes)
‘ouroboros’ (2009/15 c.17 minutes)
‘the viciousness of circles’ (1998 c.10 minutes)
‘professor wingard’s nameless force’ (2010/15 c.10 minutes)
‘william mumler’s spirit photography’ (2016 c.11 minutes)

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this." Marc Yeats