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Frances Wilson offers a range of publicity services for classical musicians, from simple social media campaigns and one-off projects to more involved long-term strategies, including profile-building and ongoing publicity support, tailored to the client’s aims and requirements.
Her clients have featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, local radio, independent podcast interviews, in leading industry publications including Classical Music, Musical Opinion, International Piano and Pianist magazine, and on respected independent classical music websites such as Seen and Heard International, The Classical Source and Planet Hugill.
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Hertfordshire Festival of Music
Now in its fifth year, the Hertfordshire Festival of Music (HFoM) has grown rapidly from a small weekend event to a major summer celebration of classical music, based in and around the attractive historic county town of Hertford.
An established part of the summer classical music calendar, under the direction and vision of co-Artistic Directors conductor Tom Hammond and composer James Francis Brown, HFoM is now one of the UK’s major music festivals, featuring international artists and ensembles alongside innovative outreach and educational projects.
This year’s festival runs from Friday 12th to Saturday 20th June and showcases a diverse range of artists and music.
Principal Artist – Chloë Hanslip
Featured Living Composer – Judith Weir CBE, Master of the Queen’s Music
Full details of this year’s festival are on the HFoM website.
Garreth Brooke – composer and pianist
Composer and pianist Garreth Brooke’s album Healing explores the process of recovery and healing from physical and emotional wounds through music and art, in a creative collaboration with his wife, artist Anna Salzman. A personal musical response to 11 abstract art pieces by Salzmann, the suite of 10 pieces that make up Healing are by turns tender, melancholy, poignant and ultimately redemptive in the joyous final movement ‘Cave, Mind, Clear’. Designed to be performed live with an accompanying art projection featuring the 11 art works, Healing is a unique and innovative project, immersive, eloquent and profoundly moving with a universal message. Healing is currently available on CD and Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and YouTube. The sheet music is published by Editions Musica Ferrum. A vinyl release of Healing is planned in Spring 2020.
To seek to heal is to be human. Everyone suffers grief, loss, and fear. Everyone feels pain. Although this project came from us, it is not about us. The strength of any person comes from their willingness to confront the darkest moments, to accept reality for what it is and to choose to move forward.Garreth Brooke
James Lisney – concert pianist
The main focus of James Lisney’s 2019/20 season is ‘Endgame’, a series of concerts in the UK and Europe exploring the notion of Late Style and creative maturity through the music of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin – four composers who are particularly close to his heart, whose late piano music is some of the most fascinating, intriguing and endlessly satisfying in the pianist’s repertoire. Less concerned with valediction or failing creative energy, this musical treasure trove displays boundless creative energy and distilled authority. Representing the fruit of four decades of study, for James Lisney the ‘Endgame’ programmes are a source of fascination for performer and audiences alike.
a breathtaking interpretation of some of the last works of the great composersSeen and Heard International review of Endgame I at St George’s Bristol, autumn 2019
James Lisney enjoys a rich musical life, moving seamlessly from concerto and recital soloist to chamber musician, song accompanist and pianist director, and his career has taken him to many prestigious venues and gained invitations to appear with major orchestras. Highlights include residencies at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. His recordings (on Naxos, Bis, Somm, Olympia and Carlton) have gained the highest recommendations. Recent seasons have seen him perform Schubert cycles in the Oxford International Piano Series, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the first Schubert piano sonata cycles on the Indian subcontinent, and his recital debut at the Prague Rudolfinum. He also performs regularly with his daughters Emma and Joy, both distinguished soloists in their own right.
Bernard Hughes – composer
February 2020 sees the release of ‘Not Now Bernard and Other Stories’ (Orchid Classics), an irresistible album of world premiere recordings, revelling in the magical colours of childhood memories, and featuring music for narrator and chamber orchestra by British composers Judith Weir, Malcolm Arnold, John Ireland and Bernard Hughes, performed by the Orchestra of the Swan, conducted by Tom Hammond, and narrated by TV star Alexander Armstrong.
Bernard Hughes’s music has been performed at major British venues including Symphony Hall, Birmingham and St Paul’s Cathedral in London. He has won a number of awards both in the UK and internationally and is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3. After studying music at Oxford University and composition privately with Param Vir, Bernard was awarded a PhD in composition by London University in 2009. A CD of Bernard Hughes’s choral music, I am the Song, performed by the BBC Singers, was released in 2016, and he wrote music for the film Bill (2015). He lives in London, where he is Composer-in-Residence at St Paul’s Girls’ School.
Tom Hammond – conductor
A dynamic, award-winning conductor known for his exciting and thoughtful programming and broad repertoire, Tom Hammond is equally at home working with top-flight international artists or conducting leading non-professional and youth orchestras. Tom also regularly visits the Middle East to conduct ensembles from the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, Palestine.
Recent collaborators include pianist Stephen Hough, clarinetist Emma Johnson, cellists Steven Isserlis and Matthew Sharp, and violinist Ray Chen. This season Tom will be performing with celebrated violinists Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Chloë Hanslip and David Le Page, French horn player Ben Goldscheider, soprano Susana Gaspar and mezzo soprano Emma Stannard, and he is also forging an exciting relationship with Stratford- upon-Avon based Orchestra of the Swan.
…a serious contender for most promising maestro of his generationMusical Opinion, 2017
A champion of music-making outside the capital, Tom is Co-Artistic Director and founder of the Hertfordshire Festival of Music. Launched in 2016, it has rapidly grown to become one of the leading celebrations of classical music in the UK, featuring major artists and ensembles alongside innovative outreach work, and winning major support from Arts Council England.
7 Star Arts
7 Star Arts presents a diverse range of unique and original productions, often combining words and music, and words, music and art, designed for festivals, arts centres and small-scale venues.
7 Star Arts works with a number of internationally-renowned classical artists, including pianists Viv McLean, Anthony Hewitt and Clara Rodriguez, violinist David Le Page, and actress Susan Porrett, and cutting-edge jazz musicians of the younger generation.
From the life stories of the great composers to the history of cabaret, experience something different with 7 Star Arts……
Helen Anahita Wilson – pianist and composer
Critically acclaimed pianist, composer, multi-instrumentalist and musical explorer, Helen Anahita Wilson released her debut solo album BHOOMA in 2018. Her compositions are inspired by jazz and Asian musics, and fuse Indian textures, Persian rhythms and Japanese minimalism. Her performances are intimate, sensuous occasions.
May 2019 saw the release of her second album DIWAN in collaboration with master Indian tabla player Shahbaz Hussain. A third album is currently in preparation
hypnotic…….a spiritual connection with soundQwest TV
Joy Lisney – cellist, conductor, composer
Praised for her stylish playing, musical maturity, formidable technical finesse and keen advocacy for new music, Joy Lisney is one of the most exciting young musicians to emerge in recent years in a busy career combining the cello with composing and conducting.
The current season includes performances of the Elgar Cello Concerto and the Brahms Double Concerto (with Emma Lisney, violin), the premiere of several new compositions for chamber ensemble, and concerts at Temple Music Foundation, West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge, St George’s Bristol, the Purcell Room, and St John’s Smith Square.
Joy conducts Seraphin Chamber Orchestra, which she co-founded with her violinist sister Emma at King’s College Cambridge in 2017. The orchestra has received critical acclaim for its recent performances of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, Busoni’s rarely-performed Piano Concerto (with Karl Lutchmayer) and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.
Clara Rodriguez – concert pianist
Venezuelan pianist Clara Rodriguez is one of the most distinguished of the present generation of international artists. Her concert programmes imaginatively contrast traditional classical music with the output of South American composers.
Karl Lutchmayer – concert pianist
Karl Lutchmayer is equally renowned as a concert pianist and a lecturer. A Steinway Artist, Karl performs across the globe, and has worked with conductors including Lorin Maazel and Sir Andrew Davis, and performed at all the major London concert halls. A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Karl has also given over 90 world premieres and had many works written especially for him.