Discs of Cheryl's Music
The Whole Earth Dances
"Covering nearly two decades of composition, the fifth and final Champs Hill release devoted to the music of Cheryl Frances-Hoad focuses on her works for chamber forces. A wide variety of influences lie behind the featured pieces, suggesting an open-mindedness and curiosity that keeps the material enterprising and fresh." Paul Conway, Musical Opinion
Magic Lantern Tales
A collection of songs set to texts by Ian McMillan, Andrew Motion, Kei Miller, Kate Wakeling, Tamsin Collison and Stuart Murray.
"The album title is taken from the opening cycle on World War One poems by Ian McMillan, in which the composer follows a well-trodden English path, but with her own highly persuasive contemporary language." Jessica Duchen,
BBC Music Magazine
Even You Song
An Evensong-inspired work for choir and organ
"As ever, Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s music is frequently challenging, always original and sometimes deeply moving. The whole undertaking seems to have been an unqualified success, and I wholeheartedly commend this disc to one and all."
Chamber Orchestral and Chamber Works
"Frances-Hoad’s implicit trust in the expressive power of her melodic invention and harmonic thinking is paramount...That may seem to be an old-fashioned approach, but nothing in Frances-Hoad’s music ever sounds secondhand."
Andrew Clements, The Guardian
You Promised Me Everything
Vocal and Choral Works
"Someone should commission a music theatre piece from Cheryl Frances Hoad: this disc reveals a dramatic instinct straining at the leash..."
BBC Music Magazine
The Glory Tree
"Frances-Hoad is a remarkable talent. This retrospective of her chamber works is like a declaration of faith in the eternal verities of composition. Traditional skilfulness does not preclude originality and, indeed, audacity."
Paul Driver, The Sunday Times
Other discs featuring Cheryl's music
Bass Clarinet and Friends
Works for Bass Clarinet and other instruments, featuring Frances-Hoad's How to Win an Election for mezzo soprano and bass clarinet, performed by Alison Wells and Ian Mitchell.
The Long Way Home
Works for piano trio performed by the Lawson Trio, featuring Frances-Hoad's
Five Rackets for Trio Relay for double piano trio (with pupils from Chetham's School of Music).