PUBLICITY SERVICES

An active and experienced musician, she has an insider’s feel for the material with which she is working and has plenty of interesting input for her clients to consider

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, 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.

Please contact Frances for further information or to discuss your requirements


Clients

Kahn & Averill publishers

Kahn & Averill publishes books on all aspects of classical music – technique, performance, interpretation and biographies including the highly-acclaimed Yehudi Menuhin Music Guides. Many of these titles are essential reading for both the interested amateur as well as those involved at the highest level in all aspects of classical music.

Forthcoming: Helmut Deutsch – Memoirs of an Accompanist. A new English translation by Richard Stokes. An honest, entertaining and fascinating insight into the life of an accompanist and lieder specialist, and “a declaration of love – for all the many wonderful songs and cycles, and for many singers”.


Hertfordshire Festival of Music

Founded in 2016, 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, just 25 minutes by rail from central London.

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.

HFoM 2021: Friday 4th June to Saturday 12th June

Principal Artist: Chloë Hanslip

Featured Living Composer: Judith Weir CBE


The Exhale

Founded by renowned violinist Gwendolyn Masin, The Exhale is a series of online holistic music masterclasses bringing together a faculty of world-class artists and practitioners in areas such as Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, yoga, performance psychology, musicians’ health and wellbeing, career development and even food and nutrition. The first edition of The Exhale saw a remarkable 250+ people sign up to attend the classes and included sessions with internationally-renowed musicians, including cellists Natalie Clein and Gary Hoffman, and violinist/conductor Robert Gonzalez-Monjas. Created for professional musicians, students who wish to pursue a professional career, players in search of professional development, and amateur musicians, The Exhale offers a safe space where musicians can come together to explore, pause and refresh.


Eleonor Bindman – pianist

New York-based pianist and Bach devotee Eleonor Bindman has in recent years turned her attention to creating transcriptions of Bach’s most well-known works. In 2014 she was inspired to compose a new transcription six Brandenburg Concertos for piano four-hands, which was released on the Naxos label in 2017. This has been followed by her Stepping Stones to Bach, a two-volume collection of transcriptions for early to intermediate level pianists – from the Badinerie from the Suite BWV 1067 to the elegant Largo from the Double Violin Concerto, the chorale prelude “Wachet Auf”, movements from the Brandenberg Concertos and “Erbarme dich, mein Gott” from the St Matthew Passion. Now she has turned her attention to new transcriptions for solo piano of the Cello Suites, scheduled for publication in 2020, with an accompanying recording made on Eleonor’s own Bosendorfer piano for Naxos.


Sandra Mogensen – pianist

Canadian pianist Sandra Mogensen has embarked on a multi-CD and concert project exploring piano music by women composers. Called En Pleine Lumière (In Full Light), the series focuses on piano music by women composers, from those born in the middle of the nineteenth century (c.1840-1870) right up to the present day, including new commissions. The first volume was released in December 2019, the bicentenary year of Clara Schumann’s birth.

Women such as Clara Schumann, Amy Beach and Cécile Chaminade are now recognised as a significant pianist-composers, who also enjoyed international performing careers, but in the course of her research, pianist Sandra Mogensen discovered many other women composer-pianists who were well-regarded in their day, but whose names and music are hardly known today. These include Mélanie Bonis, Helen Hopekirk, Agathe Backer-Grøndahl, Luise Aldopha Le Beau, and Laura Netzel. Now, in the changing climate of classical music with a greater emphasis on diversity, these once-forgotten composers are being given the recognition they deserve.


Garreth Brooke – composer and pianist

Garreth Brooke (AKA Garreth Broke) is a pianist and composer, now based in Frankfurt, Germany. 2019 saw the release of Garreth’s album Healing which 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 2020.

Solo Piano (published spring 2020) is an anthology of Garreth’s contemporary classical pieces, including The Frost Falls As We Sleep, Flakes Unwatched And Improvised, and Suspire. All of the pieces included were released on the popular Decca subsidiary 1631 Recordings and have been featured on Spotify playlists including Spotify’s editorial playlist Atmospheric Piano and Soft Piano Music To Fall Asleep


Bernard Hughes – composer

February 2020 saw 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 generation

Musical 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 sound

Qwest TV

Clara Rodriguez – concert pianist
Karl Lutchmayer – concert pianist
James Lisney – concert pianist
Joy Lisney – cellist / composer / conductor