Welcome to Fand Music Press

Fand Music Press is a publisher of high quality sheet music, CDs and books, all focussing on accessible 20th Century and contemporary composers and concentrating mainly on first editions. Please use the tabs at the top of the page to explore the catalogue. Further details, such as information about ordering, can be found on the Contact/Info page.

7th November 2015: Peter Thompson’s Symphony no 3

We are pleased to announce the publication of Peter Thompson’s Symphony no 3. It is in three movements and is now available to purchase both as an A4-sized study score and in a wire-bound A3 Conductor Score. Separate parts will be available in due course.

Bax arr. Mitchell: Dance in the Sun

Fand Music Press continues its pioneering efforts with the music of Sir Arnold Bax by publishing a new piano version of his Dance in the Sun, arranged by John Mitchell.

Dance in the Sun is the second of Four Orchestral Pieces that Bax wrote in 1912–13; it was performed once in 1914 and then neglected for a century! In the meantime, Bax revived three of the four movements in 1928 as Three Pieces, transposing this movement and renaming it Dance in the Sunlight.

For this new piano arrangement, John Mitchell has gone back to the original version of the Dance in the Sun score, which has recently been edited by Bax authority Graham Parlett. John’s arrangement is typically pianistic, and is aimed at advanced pianists; whilst presenting a technical challenge, it remains accessible to competent players and attempts to preserve as much as possible of Bax’s score whilst allowing the music to be performed at its intended rapid pace on the piano.

6th November 2015: Philip Mead Live in Concert

Philip Mead Live in Concert

International concert pianist Philip Mead is giving an exciting free lunchtime concert in the Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge this November.

Philip is playing a highly innovative programme, comprising mostly world première performances, that should be of extreme interest to visitors to this site! Indeed, almost all of the music that Philip will be playing is published by Fand.

The highlight of the programme is the first performance of the original piano version of Sir Arnold Bax’s tone poem Nympholept. Philip will also play Bax’s Hill Tune.

The other composer represented in this performance is Peter Thompson, and Philip will be playing a total of four piano pieces by him, three of which are premières, including his recently published Soliloquy and Toccata.

The concert takes place on Friday, 6th November at the Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, at 1·10 pm. Please visit the concert page for further information.

September 2015: Gary Higginson’s Inventions on a Theme of Carey Blyton

The latest issue from Fand Music Press is Gary Higginson’s newly-written Inventions on a Theme of Carey Blyton for piano: a delightful tribute to Carey Blyton which, though skilfully simply written, nevertheless offers great scope for variety of expression, ranging from the wistful, through dancing gracefulness, bird calls and Blyton-esque humour, to the darker shades at the end – all unified by Carey Blyton’s original folk-like melody. This charming work should suit pianists of intermediate ability; Grade 6 and up. Gary Higginson was a pupil, friend and champion of the works of Carey Blyton, and there is a further personal connection between the two in terms of the theme on which the Inventions are based.

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October 2015: Lionel Handy: new Bax & Bate CD

World-renowned cellist Lionel Handy has released an outstanding new CD containing both the underrated Cello Concerto of Sir Arnold Bax and the totally unknown Cello Concerto of Stanley Bate, which Lionel Handy himself has transcribed, edited and prepared. This new CD represents not just the work’s first recording but indeed its very first performance. Lionel’s two previous CDs, BAX: Works for Cello and Piano and From Bohemia to Wessex were both produced with Fand’s involvement. Although the same is not true of this new Lyrita disc, Fand is nevertheless very excited by its arrival, and is delighted to make it available for sale at an advantageous price.

July 2015: Cara Thompson: more Bax

Another piece performed by Cara Thompson at her recent recital was Bax’s A Milking Sian. Again, though Fand does not publish this song, given our interest in Bax we thought that our regular visitors might enjoy hearing the performance. View it below or on our YouTube channel (direct link). Please note that the words are presented as optional subtitles over the video.

June 2015: Cara Thompson sings Thompson

Cara Thompson performed Dawn, composed by her uncle, Peter Thompson, in a recent recital. We present here a video comprising an audio recording combined with appropriate imagery. View it below or on our YouTube channel (direct link to video). Please note that the words are presented as optional subtitles over the video.

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