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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 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 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.
Fand Music Press is delighted to publish another new piano piece by Peter Thompson: his just-completed Toccata for Piano. This fast, exciting and flamboyant piece with intricate dance overtones should be highly rewarding material for competent pianists (Grade 8 and above).
Also new this month from Fand, unusually, is a new edition of a very well-known piece, beloved of choirs in the North of England in particular: Hail, Smiling Morn by Reginald Spofforth. This is arguably the most well-known and lastingly popular glee in the entire glee repertory, and although it has ‘universal’ words and is not inherently seasonal in any way, there is such a strong tradition of performing it at Christmas and Easter that people often consider it a carol. Nevertheless, it can be sung at any time of year.
The new Fand edition is an enhanced version of an edition published in the nineteenth century, and has been produced with amateur choirs in mind. It has also been priced accordingly, to make it affordable to often struggling groups. A characteristic of many amateur choirs today is a shortage of male singers to fill out the lower voice parts. This version of Hail, Smiling Morn recognises this problem and provides a single male-voice line that can be sung by tenors and/or basses (together with Soprano and Alto upper parts). Alternative upper and lower notes are provided for tenors and basses, but either or both may be sung and the male line is otherwise in unison.
The resulting three-part arrangement is still sufficiently harmonically full to be performed unaccompanied if desired. (The original glee was written for four unaccompanied male voices, with the top alto line being sung by one or more countertenors.) However, an optional piano part is also provided, and is a proper accompaniment rather than merely a reduction of the voice parts. It too fills out the harmony in places and provides further interest to the arrangement.
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.
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.
Cara Thompson, niece of Fand composer Peter Thompson, is currently a music student, and sang Bax’s I heard a piper piping as part of a final-year recital in October last year. Although Fand does not publish this particular song, our Bax ties are sufficiently strong that we thought that our regular visitors might enjoy the opportunity to experience 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.
Previous announcements may be found in the Fand News Archive.