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.
Musica Sancta (PFCD121)
CAROLS and SACRED music composed by David W. Jepson
Performed by Kantos, director Elspeth Slorach; Simon Mercer, organ and piano; John Turner, recorder.
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Music by David Beck (PFCD109) £12.50
Performed by Zephyr, The New World String Quartet, Camerata Nova Chamber Orchestra
Prima Facie continue their Reticere series with music by an old friend. David Beck is an established, Manchester-based composer - a composer's composer. We would like to share this portrait of an unsung hero. On this composer portrait compilation, Chris Swann directs Zephyr (and also plays the clarinet, beautifully) in the première recording and release of David's 'Nonet'.
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The Road Less Travelled (PFCD111) £10.00
Piano music by Geoff Cummings-Knight - performed by Duncan Honeybourne
Piano Sonata no 1
Selected preludes from Book 1 and 2
"I am particularly proud to be involved with another exciting and worthy project energised by my friend and colleague, pianist Duncan Honeybourne.
Duncan approached me to record piano music by Geoff Cummings-Knight.
There is a degree of urgency to this as Geoff is in very poor health; his wife and many supporters are keen that there is a record of this esteemed composers work.
Having now recorded Geoff's music I agree with Duncan that it is both lyrical and contemporary and fits in with the philosphy of my Prima Facie label, namely to promote and preserve British Contemporary Music.
We made a short film (on my iPhone and without a page turner) to give you a taste of Geoff's music.
We are still trying to raise enough money to release the album asap, so with this in mind please purchase a copy here, for £10 including P&P."
Geoff Cummings-Knight was born in Colwyn Bay in 1947. A strong urge to compose first exhibited itself at the age of eight, and by the age of eighteen Geoff had completed 18 piano sonatas, most of which have since been destroyed. He later studied music at the Birmingham School of Music (now the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire), Goldsmith's College and Leeds University, and his numerous compositions include a symphony, a piano concerto, chamber works, songs, choral settings and stage works. In 1986 Geoff was a finalist in the Barclaycard Composer of the Year competition and in 1998 his work was featured in the TV series "Heartland FM". His works have been widely performed and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and his Piano Concerto, premiered in 1985 by Philip Challis and the Worthing Symphony Orchestra, received a further acclaimed performance in Birmingham's Adrian Boult Hall. As a teacher of music and drama for over thirty years, Geoff composed several musicals and cantatas for schools, plus a full-scale drama concerning the true story behind Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice'. Geoff is also a successful radio presenter, responsible for many hundreds of classical radio programmes on all manner of subjects.
Duncan Honeybourne enjoys a diverse profile as a pianist and in music education. His concerto debut in 1998 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and the National Concert Hall, Dublin, was broadcast on radio and television, and recital debuts included London, Paris, and international festivals in Belgium and Switzerland. Duncan has toured extensively as soloist and chamber musician, broadcasting frequently for the BBC and radio networks worldwide. His many recordings reflect his interest in 20th and 21st century British piano music. He is a Tutor in Piano at the University of Southampton.
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Reviews for Kenneth Hamilton Plays Ronald Stevenson Volume 2:
"I cannot fault the wonderful performance by Kenneth Hamilton of these works. The recording is always clear and bright. The entire programme is a subtle balance between original music and arrangements which well-reflects Stevenson’s achievement." John France, Music Web International
"A well-constructed, varied recital…performed with commendable verve." Guy Rickards, International Piano Magazine
Reviews for Preludes to Chopin:
"Brilliantly captures both the musical and the technical content…well judged and beautifully played." John France, Music Web International
This recording has a uniquely special sound, which drapes the music in a round, full, Romantic tone-colour.” Radio 100.7 Luxembourg
"The commercial success of this release shows how strongly audiences hunger for fresh interpretations of mainstream repertory, and a fresh interpretation is exactly what you get.“ James Manheim, AllMusic