Frances-Hoad: The Snow Woman, for solo violin

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The Glory Tree


BBC Music Magazine

Chamber Choice - October 2011

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31st May 2011




76 minutes


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The Glory Tree

Chamber Works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad


Memoria, for oboe, cor anglais, string trio & piano

Nicholas Daniel (oboe, cor anglais), Nadia Wijzenbeek (violin), Ylvali Zilliacus (viola), Marie Macleod (cello), Alasdair Beatson (piano)

My Fleeting Angel, for piano trio

Ensemble na Mara

The Snow Woman, for solo violin

Natalia Lomeiko (violin)

The Ogre Lover, for string trio

Lenvai String Trio

Invocation, for solo cello, six tutti celli & double-bass

Leonid Gorokhov (solo cello)

Instrumentalists from the Yehudi Menuhin School

Bouleumata, for solo clarinet

Catriona Scott (clarinet)

Melancholia, for piano trio

London Mozart Trio

The Glory Tree, for soprano & chamber ensemble

Natalie Raybould (soprano)

Kreisler Ensemble, Matilda Hofman



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Cheryl Frances-Hoad has a unique and special compositional voice, recently becoming the youngest composer to win two prizes in the same year at the British Composer Awards, in 2010.

Since winning the BBC Young Composer Competition in 1996, at the age of 15, Cherylʼs works have garnered high praise and awards from all quarters. Over recent years, she has had numerous notable successes, with commissions including solo, chamber, orchestral and choral works, as well as opera.

Champs Hill Records is delighted to present this collection of Cherylʼs chamber music, performed in many cases by the musicians who commissioned and gave the premiere performances of the works.

“The Glory Tree had remarkable scoring, stratospheric singing and was performed with shamanic authority, her final scream reverberating through the cloisters.” Keith Bruce, The Herald.

The songs of the title work on this disc - The Glory Tree - are arresting settings, in original Anglo-Saxon, from The Dream of the Rood and Judith, treated as the utterances of Shamanic ritual.

Shamanism also provides the inspiration for the solo violin work The Snow Woman written for, and played here by, Natalia Lomeiko.

These works are typical of the fertile soil for musical invention which Cheryl Frances-Hoad finds in literary inspiration. Stories, poems or literary ideas have provided the spark for many works on this disc, performed by exceptionally talented musicians, including Nicholas Daniel (oboe), the Lenvai String Trio, the Kriesler Ensemble, Leonid Gorokhov (ʻcello), the London Mozart Trio, Ensemble na Mara, and others.

The disc is packed with 77mins of music, all newly recorded in the Music Room at Champs Hill.

Cheryl Frances-Hoad: Memoria

I. Prelude

II. Fugue

Cheryl Frances-Hoad: My Fleeting Angel

I. Larghetto

II. Allegro spiritoso e scherzando

III. Allegretto eleganza

Cheryl Frances-Hoad: The Snow Woman

I. Allegro moderato

II. Adagietto

III. Allegro vivace

Cheryl Frances-Hoad: The Ogre Lover

I. Allegro vivace e ritmico

II. Agitato

III. Scherzando e eleganza

IV. Adagietto

V. Andante

VI. Allegro vivace

VII. Coda (Andantino rubato)

Cheryl Frances-Hoad: Invocation


Cheryl Frances-Hoad: Bouleumata


Cheryl Frances-Hoad: Melancholia

Theme (Largo trascinando)

Variation I. Più mosso

Variation II. Meno mosso

Variation III. L'istesso tempo

Cheryl Frances-Hoad: The Glory Tree

I. "Behold! I shall tell the choicest of visions"

II. "Hail is the whitest of grains"

III. "I have often suffered on the weary seas"

IV. "The sun is always a source of hope"

V. "What have you done, bloodstained one?"

The Guardian

23rd June 2011


“There's something engagingly freewheeling about Frances-Hoad's works, the feeling that she is quite unselfconscious about the music she writes and oblivious to how others might categorise it...All of them reveal Frances-Hoad's ability to vary pace and mood just as she requires...Perhaps the most striking piece of all, though, is Invocation...its subterranean rumblings underpin a long-limbed, achingly expressive melodic line.”

Sunday Times

26th June 2011


“Frances-Hoad (b1980) is a remarkable talent. This retrospective of her chamber works is like a declaration of faith in the eternal verities of composition. As with a composer she recalls, Nicholas Maw, traditional skilfulness does not preclude originality and, indeed, audacity.”

The Telegraph

25th August 2011


“The care lavished on this CD of chamber works by the 31-year-old Cheryl Frances-Hoad is patent. An impressive array of musicians including oboist Nicholas Daniel play their hearts out for her. Frances-Hoad’s skill at creating a rich texture from modest chamber forces is astonishing.”

BBC Music Magazine

October 2011


“Frances-Hoad's allegiances are to mainstream modernism, rather than the various popular post-modernist 'isms'. Her compositions may tend towards the sternly ascetic, but they are full of feeling and memorable gestures. All the performers play with an admirable combination of passion, precision and attention to tone production”

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