"Frances-Hoad’s music is melodic, passionate, equal parts humor and reverence… I urge you to become acquainted with this composer’s work. Her music is worth your time."
American Record Guide
"There's something engagingly freewheeling about Frances-Hoad's works, the feeling that she is quite unselfconscious about the music she writes and oblivious to how others might categorise it."
Andrew Clements, The Guardian
"The sheer luxuriance of Frances-Hoad's imagination is almost overwhelming"
"What a sound. Frances-Hoad drenched each phrase in dramatic expression – wonderment and horror, principally – of the most ravishing intensity."
Matthew Wright, The Arts Desk
Admired for her originality, fluency and professionalism, Cheryl Frances-Hoad has been composing to commission since she was fifteen. Classical tradition (she trained as a cellist and pianist at the Menuhin School before going on to Cambridge and King's College, London) along with diverse contemporary inspirations including literature, painting and dance, have contributed to a creative presence provocatively her own. "Intricate in argument, sometimes impassioned, sometimes mercurial, always compelling in its authority" (Robin Holloway, The Spectator), her output - widely premiered, broadcast and commercially recorded, reaching audiences from the Proms to outreach workshops - addresses all genres from opera, ballet and concerto to song, chamber and solo music.
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Helen Wallace, BBC Music Magazine, on You Promised Me Everything (CD)
"Someone should commission a music theatre piece from Cheryl Frances-Hoad: this disc reveals a dramatic instinct straining at the leash."