Robert Saxton's commemorative solo organ work Passacaglia on the name John McCabehas garnered praise in the Summer 2016 edition of The Organ magazine. Robert Matthew-Walker describes the piece as 'a very impressive short work indeed; brilliantly imagined and written for the instrument, to the extent that one feels Saxton should essay a much larger organ piece. The growing sense of majesty, as the music builds to a thrilling final E major tutti chord, is irresistible.'
Passacaglia was commissioned by George Vass for a concert in celebration of the life and work of John McCabe CBE. Matthew-Walker remembers McCabe 's many talents, as 'a composer, first and foremost; a magnificent pianist with a wide repertoire; a gifted writer on music, a major contributor to musical education and someone who was always putting his great gifts at the service of fellow-composers.'
Sadie Harrison’s CD on Toccata Classics ‘Solos and Duos for Strings and Piano’ has received another excellent review. Along with the recent 'The Rosegarden of Light' CD, has been called "a valuable pair of discs which challengingly introduce this composer to a wider audience."
Following the great success of The Rosegarden of Light European Tour this May-June, the related CD TOCC0342 (featuring music by Sadie Harrison, traditional music from the students at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and arrangements of popular Afghan songs by Kevin Bishop) continues to receive excellent press. The latest review was on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review (Saturday 30th July), which described Harrison’s music and the collaboration with ANIM as ‘moving and intriguing’.
Lumsdaine wrote 5 works in the Mandala series, ranging from string quartet to large orchestra, between 1967 and 1988. Gilbert's survey explores the pieces' treatment of themes such as knowledge, meditation, dreams, and unity.