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Balmoral Suite and other Recorder Favourites (PFCD101) £12.50

John Turner, recorder; Manchester Sinfonia, leader David Routledge, conducted by Richard Howarth

1-5 Balmoral Suite, for recorder strings and harp ROBIN STEVENS
1 Overture - The Family Gathers; 2 Grandpa hankers for the Past; 3 A Graceful Beauty; 4 Enter Great-Grandpa; 5 Rough and Tumble in the Nursery

6-10 Geordie Tunes, for recorder, strings and harp PETER HOPE
6 Go to Berwick, Johnnie; 7 Bonny at Morn; 8 Fairly Shot of Her; 9 Blow the Wind Southerly; 10 Bobby Shafto

11 Elegy for Tony, for recorder, string orchestra and harp ANTHONY HEDGES

12-16 A Playford Garland, for recorder and strings NICHOLAS MARSHALL
12 The Old Mole; 13 The Irish Lamentation; 14 Prince Rupert’s March; 15 Spring Garden; 16 The Fit’s come on me now

17-21 Little Suite, for recorder and string orchestra WILFRED HEATON
17 Grave/Prestissimo; 18; Con Energia; 19 Cantabile; 20 Giocoso e Ritmico; 21 Presto

22 Twilight and Evening Bell, for recorder, string orchestra and bells ELIS PEHKONEN

23-25 Concerto No. 2 (Tableaux), for recorder, strings, harp and percussion; DAVID BECK
23 Nocturne; 24 Seascape; 25 Playtime

26-28 New World Dances, Op. 62a, for recorder and strings JOHN GOLLAND
26 Ragtime; 27 Blues; 28 Bossa Nova

29 Saltarello, for recorder and string quartet COLIN HAND

"Every work is splendidly played by Turner and the ensemble." John France, MusicWeb International

"John Turner’s playing, especially in dizzying faster movements is startlingly virtuosic, clean, precise..." Alan Cooper, British Music Society, March 2020

"British composers have benefitted much from John Turner's virtuosity and dedicated advocacy." ***** Richard Carder, Musical Opinion Quarterly.

Blamoral Suite CD

John Turner (recorder)
Manchester Sinfonia, leader David Routledge, conducted by Richard Howarth

Violins: David Routledge, Paula Smart, Alexandra Stemp, Lily Whitehurst, Simon Gilks, Susie Gibbon, Gemma Bass, Liz Rossi
Violas: Steven Burnard, Alex Mitchell
Cellos: Svetlana Mochalova, James Heathcote
Basses: James Manson, Martin Ludenbach
Harp: Anna Christensen
Percussion: David Lewis, Ed Cervenka

All tracks were recorded at St. Thomas's Church Stockport on 5th and 6th April 2018.
Recording Engineer and Producer: Richard Scott.

For further details of this recording, please see the CD booklet

John Turner

John Turner
John Turner moved from a legal career to become one of the country’s leading recorder players, performing and being broadcast as soloist with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Academy of Ancient Music, English Chamber Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, Early Music Consort and many others. He has played in four continents and given many recitals on BBC Radio 3. He has given the premières of over 500 works and received an honorary Fellowship from the RNCM for his services to British music.

Manchester Sinfonia

Manchester Sinfonia
Manchester Sinfonia is a vibrant new professional orchestra. The players are the cream of musicians in and around Manchester (UK) and produce exceptional performances of the highest quality. Manchester Sinfonia is fortunate to have the vastly experienced Richard Howarth as the orchestra's Leader / Director / Conductor. He draws on a successful career as a violinist, playing in and leading many of the UK's orchestras. He has led the Ulster Orchestra and Manchester Camerata, and has been guest leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra inter alia. Richard now enjoys heading the new Manchester Sinfonia along with his other conducting commitments.