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August 2020 New Release Round-Up

This month we bring you a first batch of works from our latest signing Mary Bellamy, dramatic works from Paul Alan Barker and a range of solo and chamber works as well as choral offerings.

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Terence Allbright

Wonderous Machine

Five Toccatas for organ

Premiered by Timothy Ravalde, the title of this collection comes from Hail! Bright Cecilia – Nicholas Brady’s text for Henry Purcell’s Ode to St Cecilia.


Paul Alan Barker


for orchestra, five actors and dancer

Designed for young audiences of all ages and related to works such as Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf or Every Good Boy Deserves Favour by Stoppard and Previn


The Pillow Song

for cello, amplified ensemble and a chamber opera after Sei Shonagan

A true tale from ancient Japan, after The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagan, commissioned by the London International Opera Festival


Mary Bellamy


for solo amplified cello

Written for and premiered by Séverine Ballon. Commissioned by the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.


Behind the transparent surface

for flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello and percussion plus Harry Partch instruments

Written for Ensemble Musikfabrik. Premiere: Studio des Ensemble Musikfabrik, Cologne 2020.


beneath an ocean of air

for piano quintet

Written for the Bozzini Quartet and Philip Thomas.



for bass flute

Written for and first performed by Richard Craig, at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival



for solo cello

Written for and premiered by Séverine Ballon at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.


Charlotte Bray

Midnight Interludes 

three pieces for clarinet and cello in an arrangement for soprano saxophone and cello

A companion piece to ‘Midnight Closes’, Bray’s song cycle for soprano and piano, taking inspiration from Thomas Hardy poems.


Joe Cutler

Chords on the Shore

for four electric guitars

Commissioned by Krock with funds from the Swedish Arts Council.


Christopher Fox

Canti del carcere

three madrigals for five singers (SSATB)

Three madrigals which may also be performed separately, dedicated to James Weeks



for flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello

Commissioned by the London Ear Festival for the London Sinfonietta.



for solo woodwind instrument and square-wave pulses

Commissioned by Christopher Redgate; premiered by him, Dartmouth College, USA.



for piano

Commissioned by Philip Thomas with funds from the Britten-Pears Foundation; premiered by Philip at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.


O Antiphons

for choir (SATB)

Seven anthems for Advent, setting Latin and Early English texts; dedicated to Lisa Colton and Edward Wickham.


something to do with belief

for five musicians

Commissioned by the Transit Festival; premiered by Apartment House, Leuven


The Red Studio

for piano

For John Snijders and premiered by him on BBC Radio 3


This is the wind (1)

for violin, cello and piano

Commissioned by the Fidelio Trio, the title comes from James Fenton’s poem, ‘Wind’: ‘This is the wind, the wind in a field of corn’.


James Gardner

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for solo violin

For Mark Menzies on his half century.


Brian Inglis

O Nobilissima Viriditas

for vocal ensemble/chamber choir

Latin text ‘deconstructed’ to perform a kind of meditative exegesis



for soprano, flute (or violin), viola and cello

A contemporary translation of a medieval rondeau inspired by Hildegard of Bingen.


Two songs

for voice and guitar

A pair of songs first performed by Gina Fergione and Brian Inglis.


Liz Johnson

Cello Suite

Reflections, Dances and Fantasias a flexible suite for unaccompanied cello

A flexible suite designed to encourage the cellist to create and invent their own selection of music, combining the notated music with improvised moments, and offering an invitation to shape, reorder and invent new ideas around the given music of the score.


John Palmer


for Yamaha SY-77 or SY-99 synthesizer and tape

An exploration of the sonic capabilities of the Yamaha SY-77 with concréte tape part.



for bass flute, viola and guitar (6 & 12-string)

An exploration of microtonal differentiations in relation to different tunings of the guitar and the viola reinforced by the timbral flexibility of the bass flute. Commissioned by Das Neue Kammertrio


Three cadenzas on Mozart

for piano

self-contained triptych of three earlier cadenzas, unfolding in gradual tonal evolution and celebrating the joy of improvisation.


Camden Reeves

Chicago Blue Time

for piano solo

Fast, rhythmic piece, interspersed with glimpses of more meditative music inspired by a visit to the famous Chicago Blues club 100 South Wabash.


Susannah Self

Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Symphony No.2 for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Inspired by the autobiography of Carl Jung of the same name. Find out more in this post by Susannah Self.


Ian Stephens

Ha’n mor-tyd morlenow

‘As the sea-tide flows’ for solo piano

Cornish-inspired Commission by Truro Three Arts in remembrance of Lorna Blewett.


Mount’s Bay

for unaccompanied mixed choir

Setting of a poem by Penzance-born poet, chemist and inventor Humphrey Davy commissioned by my father Nicholas Stephens for Camerata Kernow and their director Nigel Wicken.


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