Cheryl writes new choral work with Simon Armitage
A brand new commission project from the Huddersfield Choral Society in collaboration with poet Simon Armitage and composers Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Daniel Kidane. The online premiere will take place on 28th November: read more about the project here.
The Whole Earth Dances released
Cheryl's final CD with Champs Hill Records has been released! This diverse collection of chamber works showcases Frances-Hoad’s originality and artistry, featuring everything from The Prophecy, her first professional commission, to The Whole Earth Dances, The Schubert Ensemble’s final commission before they disbanded in 2018. Buy the disc here!
Watch a performance of 'Bloom', commissioned by Elena Urioste and Tom Poster for their #UriPosteJukebox
Cheryl was thrilled to be asked to write a new piece for Elena and Tom to perform as part of #UriPostJukebox - a fabulous series of performances they have been streaming since the lockdown begun. Visit Youtube to watch the performance, and to read about the inspiration behind the piece.
Even You Song tour culminates with the London Premiere by the London Oriana Choir, 29th November 2019
Even You Song is an immersive work by Bettina Furnée and Lucy Sheerman, with new writing and digital projections, set to music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad.
Candid responses from a series of interviews with twelve couples about a potential trip to the moon form the basis of a libretto to the format of Choral Evensong.
The work has been performed in Kings Lynn, Kingston (Cambs.) and Cambridge this year to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing. Catch the last performance at St. James's Piccadilly by the London Oriana Choir on the 29th November at 7pm.
Between the Skies, the River and the Hills released on the Rubicon label.
Cheryl is delighted that her concerto for piano and orchestra, Between the Skies, the River and the Hills, has been released on the Rubicon label. The concerto was written especially for Ivana Gavric and was premiered at St. John's Waterloo in June 2018 with the Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Karin Hendrickson.
The CD also features Haydn's Piano Concerto in D major, and Cheryl's arrangement of Kad ja podjoh na Bentbasu, a folk song from Sarajevo.
The disc can be purchased on the Rubicon website.
Associate Composer at Oxford Lieder
Cheryl is very excited to be Associate Composer at the Oxford Lieder Festival this year. Much of her existing song repertoire will be performed during the festival, and she will write two new works: a song for contralto and piano, and a song cycle for soprano and string quartet. Watch this space and check the Oxford Lieder Festival website for more info!
Composer in Residence at the Presteigne Festival
Cheryl is really looking forward to the 2019 Presteigne Festival where she is Composer in Residence this year alongside American composer Hannah Lash. Her new clarinet quintet (a Presteigne Festival Commission), Tales of the Invisible, will be premiered during the festival by Rozenne Le Trionnaire and the Albion Quartet, alongside many of her existing works including Katharsis, Homages Book 1, Cloud Movements and The Ogre Lover. She is delighted that her clarinet quintet is going to be recorded by BBC Radio 3 for later broadcast. Visit the Presteigne Festival website for more information and to book tickets!