We are delighted to announce that Cheryl Frances-Hoad has signed an exclusive contract with Chester Music Limited, part of the Music Sales Group of Companies. Chester Music will publish Cheryl's back catalogue comprising some seventy-five works which were included in the recently acquired Cadenza Music publishing house, plus her new compositions.
Future projects include Last Man Standing, a work for Marcus Farnsworth and the BBC Symphony Orchestra with librettist Tamsin Collison, commissioned for the Armistice Centenary, to be premiered at the Barbican in London on November 30, and a new work for the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra for Spring 2019. The German premiere of her second piano concerto, Between the Skies, the River and the Hills will take place this week on August 15 in Berlin, performed by Ivana Gavric and Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Simon Over. In November 2018 Champs Hill records will release a recording of Cheryl's vocal music, featuring Nicky Spence, Sophie Daneman, Mark Stone and Sholto Kynoch among others.
Cheryl Frances-Hoad comments: 'I am absolutely delighted to be joining Chester Music, and to mark the start of our working relationship with the publication and premiere of my largest work to date, a song cycle for baritone Marcus Farnsworth and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to commemorate the Armistice. I'm thrilled to get the chance to work with such a wonderful team of people and am very excited about what the next few years will bring creatively.'
James Rushton, Managing Director of Chester Music Limited says: 'It is a real pleasure to be able to work with a composer of such freshness and ingenuity. Cheryl’s music deserves the widest attention and we greatly welcome the chance to work with her to create new opportunities.'
About Cheryl Frances-Hoad...
Cheryl Frances-Hoad was born in Essex in 1980 and received her musical education at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the University of Cambridge (where she was awarded a double 1st for her BA in Music and a distinction for her MPhil in Composition) and Kings College London (PhD, Composition). Her music has been described as 'like a declaration of faith in the eternal verities of composition' (The Times), with 'a voice overflowing not only with ideas, but also with the discipline and artistry necessary to harness them' (The Scotsman).
Chosen to be a featured composer on BBC Radio 3’s Composer of the Week (Five under 35, March 2015), her works have garnered many awards, from the BBC Lloyds Bank Composer of the Year award when she was just 15 to more recently the Mendelssohn Scholarship, The Bliss Prize, The Cambridge Composers Competition, The Robert Helps International Composition Prize (USA), The Sun River Prize (China), The International String Orchestra Composition Prize (Malta), The RPS Composition Prize, and the BASCA British Composer Awards (where she became the youngest composer to win two awards in any year for Psalm 1 and Stolen Rhythm in 2010).
She has received two awards from the PRS Women Make Music Fund for The Madness Industry (a brass quintet for Onyx Brass) and Sailing to the Marvellous (a ninety minute oratorio for four choirs and ensemble for Bridlington Priory) and has held the posts of Leverhulme Musician in Residence (at the University of Cambridge Psychiatry Department, 2008), Rambert Composer in Residence (2012/13), and Opera North/Leeds University Cultural Fellow in Opera Related Arts (2010/12).
Cheryl's fourth CD, of vocal music (featuring Nicky Spence, Sophie Daneman, Mark Stone and Sholto Kynoch amongst others) will be released on the Champs Hill Records label in November 2018. Her first three CD’s received rave reviews, with The Glory Tree being selected as Chamber Music Choice by BBC Music Magazine in October 2011. Her works include two piano concertos, a cello concerto (Katharsis), three piano trios, a ninety-minute opera about the life of Amy Johnston (Amy’s Last Dive with librettist Adam Strickson), and several large-scale works involving young musicians (A Young Person’s Guide to Composition was premiered by the London Chamber Orchestra and 150 children conducted by Christopher Warren Green in May 2014). Cheryl's BBC Proms debut took place in 2015 with a new work for the Cardinall's Musick entitled From the Beginning of the World.
Future projects include Last Man Standing, a work for Marcus Farnsworth and the BBC Symphony Orchestra with librettist Tamsin Collison (commissioned for the Armistice Centenary) to be premiered at the Barbican in London on November 30 and a new work for the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra for Spring 2019.