Iain Bell signs to Music Sales

Iain Bell signs to Music Sales
Music Sales is delighted to announce the signing of an exclusive agreement between composer Iain Bell and Chester Music. Bell has a prolific output of vocal and stage works, earning him the attention of many of the greatest singers of our generation including Diana Damrau, Nathan Gunn and Andrew Bidlack. His opera, In Parenthesis, an adaptation of the epic poem by Welsh poet, writer and artist David Jones was recently premiered to critical acclaim by Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, Birmingham and in London at the Royal Opera House.

Iain Bell comments:
‘Chester has been my musical family and a huge bedrock of support for me for several years. I am so excited to be working even closer with James, Gill, Meg, Rosie and the entire international team and relish the adventures that lay ahead of us. With more operatic, song and symphonic commissions on the way, our deepening partnership means the world to me.’

James Rushton, Managing Director, Chester Music comments:
‘We have worked with Iain on a work by work basis for six years now, and it has been a great pleasure getting to know him and witnessing his development as a composer over that time. With the recent success of Iain’s latest opera In Parenthesis and with several new and important projects under discussion, we have agreed to work together on an exclusive basis. I am delighted to welcome Iain to Music Sales and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.’

About Iain Bell
Born in London, Iain Bell is best known for his vocal music (opera and song) and has developed a close artistic relationship with Diana Damrau, for whom he has written various works including Daughters of Britannia and The Hidden Place as well as the opera A Harlot’s Progress (2013, Theater an der Wien). Other pieces include the operatic adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol (2014, Houston Grand Opera, starring Jay Hunter Morris and directed by Simon Callow), the orchestral song cycle A Litany in Time of Plague and the chamber song cycles Cradle Suite, Day Turned into Night, The Undying Splendour and These Motley Fools. His works have been performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Munich Opera Festival.

Highlights of the 2015/16 season included a new production of A Christmas Carol, the world premiere of his third opera In Parenthesis, and a cantata commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. This September Alek Shrader will give the UK premiere of The Undying Splendour at Wigmore Hall, London and in 2017 The Hidden Place receives its world premiere at the George Enescu Festival in Romania performed by Valentina Nafornita and the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Dmitry Sitkovetsky.

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