Anthony Gilbert’s ‘Monsoon Toccata’ for solo piano, written in memory of his former pupil Janet Owen Thomas, has been released on CD alongside Owen Thomas’ own works. The CD, entitled ‘A Shooting Star’, has been recorded by Prima Facie (ASC Records) in celebration of Owen Thomas’ life. Richard Casey, who gave the premiere of ‘Monsoon Toccata’ in Belfast, in 2014, is the pianist ; the other artists on the disc are Simon Passmore, Jane Ford, The Goldberg Ensemble and The Bingham Quartet.
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.