On the 15 February, at the launch of the Brighton Festival, a ‘Spotlight’ film of Cuckmere: A portrait was shown. The imagery for the film was produced by Cesca Eaton and the Spring and Summer sections of Ed Hughes’ score were played in the background.
A CD of Robert Saxton’s piano music, recorded by pianist Clare Hammond, will be released by Toccata Classics in March 2018, and will include Hortus Musicae, Book 1 (2013) and Hortus Musicae, Book 2 (2016), published by UYMP. Both works are dedicated to Hammond and she has written a fascinating introductory blog to the album. As well as describing the works on the recording in more detail, Hammond speaks of a most successful and harmonious professional collaboration with Robert Saxton since she first met him, when playing his Chacony for left hand, six years ago. During these years Hammond has given the premieres, besides a number of further performances, of the Hortus Musicae cycles.
We are very pleased that Sadie's two works Geda's Weavings for string quartet and Hidden Ceremonies Ifor solo piano have received excellent reviews in Musical Opinion Quarterly (January 2018) following their performance in the Late Music Festival series 2017.
We are delighted that Sadie’s new Christmas Carol released on Prima Facie has been receiving fabulous reviews. As-salāmu ʿalaykum Bethlehem combines selected words from O Little Town of Bethlehem (written by Phillips Brooks after his visit to the town in 1895) with the Islamic greeting meaning ‘Peace be unto you’. At a time when Bethlehem is beset with troubles, this optimistic carol brings together the two traditions in a spirit of solidarity - ‘Peace be unto you O little town of Bethlehem!’