The three orchestral pieces here are representative of a highly productive creative period in my life. It was also one in which I can barely remember having had enough time to compose, for we ha d three children and I maintained a full programme of teaching at the Guildhall School (I had been invited to jo in the staff in 1967) in addition to travelling regularly during the 1970s as a member of international juries in choral competitions in Hungary, France and Estonia – with commitments even further afield in Venezuela and New Zealand. It is therefore far less of a surprise to me than to others that I have now spent much of the last decade revising pieces which I consider worth keeping from this frenzied period. New works still flow, though perhaps more slowly!
“Tight, tensile rhythms, sharply sculpted orchestration, and a genuine individuality - Patric Standford's music merits close inspection. Impressively punchy performances.”
“This is the British Music Society label's first venture into orchestral recording and it must be deemed an unbridled success. Not only are the performances under David Lloyd-Jones's clear-headed direction consistently tidy and persuasive, the disc also benefits from really excellent production values.”