Sparling, Andrew


Andrew Sparling has played guest principal clarinet with many UK orchestras, including the BBC Scottish, Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Sinfonietta, Sinfonia ViVA, New Kent Opera and Grange Park Opera.

Andrew also appears regularly with many of the most important Contemporary Music Ensembles in the UK, including the Almeida Opera, Apartment House, Chroma, Double Image, Ensemble Exposè, Gemini, Lontano and the Michael Nyman Band.

As a soloist and chamber musician Andrew performs regularly with the pianist, Thalia Myers and he has also joined the Brindisi Quartet to perform the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, and also the first performance of Gabriel Jackson's Quintet: In Prairial and Thermidor. Andrew has given solo and chamber recitals in the UK, Europe, USA, the Far East and the Middle East.

Andrew has been invited to give recitals at the London Festival of Chamber Music, run by the English String Quartet, every year since 2001

In May 2000, he made his concerto debut at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia playing theCapriccio Notturno by the French composer, Nicholas Bacri.

Andrew also performs on period instruments, and plays principal clarinet in Charles Hazlewood's orchestra The Mozart Collective, taking part in the BBC 2 drama-documentary series "The Genius of Mozart" broadcast in 2004. Andrew acted the role of clarinettist Anton Stadler and the photo in Andrew's photo gallery (click on the RHS Photo Gallery link) shows him rehearsing Mozart's Clarinet Quintet with the composer. He has since played principal clarinet with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (including a run of Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride at Covent Garden, on baroque clarinets), Classical Opera Company, Armonico Consort and the Tallis Scholars.

Fidelio Trio

Fidelio Trio

The …virtuosic Fidelio Trio… (Sunday Times) are Darragh Morgan, violin, Adi Tal, cello and Mary Dullea, piano.  Shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, the Fidelio Trio are enthusiastic champions of the piano trio genre, performing the widest possible range of repertoire on concert stages across the world; they are broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM, WNYC, NPR and featured on Sky Arts documentaries; they have an impressive list of commissions and first performances from the leading and newest composers and have a large discography of highly acclaimed recordings. 

Since their debut at London’s Southbank Centre, they have appeared at the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place, at festivals from Brighton and Cheltenham to St. Magnus, and from Gregynog to Huddersfield. They regularly perform across the Irish Sea at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Kilkenny Festival and Belfast Festival at Queens as well as overseas in Shanghai, Porto, Paris, Venice, Florence, Johannesburg, New York City, Princeton, San Francisco and Boston.

Their extensive discography includes Ravel and Saint-Saëns for Resonus Classics; Philip Glass Head On; Korngold and Schoenberg (Verklärte Nacht arr. Steuermann) for Naxos; the complete Michael Nyman Piano Trios for MN Records; multiple releases on NMC, Delphian Records including portrait CDs for composers such as Luke Bedford and Michael Zev Gordon. Their recent release of French Piano Trios for Resonus was a Gramophone Magazine Critic’s Choice.

Keen to ensure the future development of the piano trio, The Fidelio Trio work closely with composition and performance students at institutions across the UK and all over the world including the Peabody Conservatory, Curtis Institute, NYU, NAFA Singapore, and Stellenbosch Conservatorium South Africa. They have been artists-in-residence at St. Patrick’s College Dublin City University, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and the State University of New York, SUNY.

The Fidelio Trio are constantly commissioning new works, giving first performances, and importantly, further performances to introduce them into the repertory. Composers that the Trio have worked closely with include Toshio Hosokawa, Charles Wuorinen, Johannes Maria Staud, Michael Nyman, Gerald Barry, Donnacha Dennehy, Joe Cutler, Evan Ziporyn, Simon Bainbridge, Judith Weir… to name but few.

Inspirational musicians The Fidelio Trio have collaborated with include Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Richard Watkins (horn), Joan Rodgers and Patricia Rozario (soprano), Rachel Roberts (viola), and with spoken word, author Alexander McCall Smith and T.S. Eliot prizewinning poet Sinéad Morrissey.
2017 saw tours of USA, South Africa, Zimbabwe and China, many festival appearances including a Schubert cycle at Kilkenny Arts Festival. Collaborations included new piano trio commissions from Kevin Volans and Alexander Goehr and a world premiere recording of two works by Philip Glass for his label Orange Mountain. This year they continue their residency at the National Concert Hall in Dublin; a further tour of China and recordings of Gerald Barry’s Chamber Music for Mode Records and a second instalment of French Piano Trios (Chausson, Fauré and Satie) for Resonus Classics.
They are Artistic Directors of their annual Winter Chamber Music Festival at Belvedere House, Dublin City University and continue to be passionate in their advocacy for the piano trio across the world.


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Hugo Glendinning

Orkest de Ereprijs

Orkest de Ereprijs
Orkest de Ereprijs play contemporary music especially composed for them, and undertake projects exploring different disciplines, resulting in programmes which combine music with dance, sculpture, cinema, theatre and architecture. Their repertoire includes works by composers of many nationalities, resulting in invitations to festivals and theatres abroad. By changing the structure of the ensemble – working with invited soloists, additional instrumentalists or singers, or using electronic means – their stage presentation and sound can be radically altered from a classical chamber orchestra, to a pop group, to an electronic studio.
The ensemble is based in Apeldoorn, in the Netherlands, where it organises the annual International Young Composers Meeting, in association with the International Gaudeamus Music Week.

Leonard, Sarah


Sarah Leonard is one of Britain's most respected and versatile sopranos. She has a wide repertoire from baroque to contemporary and has appeared throughout the world in major concert halls, opera houses and festivals. She has premiered many works by leading composers including Harrison Birtwistle, Pascal Dusapin, Jonathan Harvey, Helmut Lachenmann, John Harle and Joe Cutler.

Her 30-plus recordings include a recital series of English Song with Malcolm Martineau, works by Varèse with Chailly and the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Ligeti’s Aventures, Nouvelle Aventures with the Schoenberg Ensemble, In Praise of Dreams by Joe Cutler for NME.  January 2017 saw the release of vocal works by Nicola LeFanu and David Lumsdaine with Gemini Ensemble for Metier, and The Silver Hound, new recordings of songs by Betty Roe.

For many years Sarah toured as a guest soprano with The Hilliard Ensemble, singing and recording the music of Arvo Pärt. She sang with The Michael Nyman Band for over 20 years and featured on Peter Greenaway films The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, and Prospero’s Books and many Nyman CD’s. Sarah has also worked extensively with John Harle and is the voice in the title music of the long running TV series Silent Witness.

Sarah regularly gives song recitals with pianist Stephen Gutman. These have included recitals at the BMIC’s Cutting Edge series, Benslow Music’s Summer Festivals, The Clothworkers Centenary Hall and The London Song Festival.

Alongside her performing career Sarah teaches singing and holds popular singing courses at Benslow Music and Jackdaws. She also gives regular workshops and master classes at Trinity Laban.

In January 2013 Hull University awarded Sarah Leonard a Degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa for her services to music.


Michael, Robin



Born in 1976, Robin Michael studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange and Colin Carr and also with Truls Mork, Pieter Wisplelway, Karine Georgian and Ferenc Rados. Following a critically-acclaimed South Bank recital debut he has devoted much of his time to contemporary music, working with composers such as Ligeti, Kurtag, Ferneyhough, Maxwell Davies, Finnissy and Dillon amongst others.

Robin regularly appears with Lontano, Gemini, Expose, Ixion, BCMG, Almeida Ensemble, Music Projects/London and has taken part in numerous broadcasts and world premieres. He recently premiered Joe Cutler's cello concerto in London and gave the UK premiere of the Reich cello counterpoint. As the cellist in the Fidelio trio he has given recent premieres of works by Dennechy and Hind as well as the UK premiere of Sciarrino's first trio and toured Asia, Europe and South Africa.

Robin has appeared as guest principal cellist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and on period instruments with the Academy of Ancient Music and English Baroque Soloists and has given performances of the complete cycles of Bach and Britten suites in London and Edinburgh. Recent chamber collaborations include projects with Ronald Brautigham, Lucy van Dael, Evan Zipporyn, Rolf Hind and Dave Holland and recent festival appearances include Spier (Cape Town), Musica Contemporanea (Buenos Aires), Ochrid (Macedonia), Regello (Italy), Klara (Belgium), Kilkenny (Ireland) and Huddersfield contemporary festival.

Forthcoming releases include a disc of the Ginastera cello music on Lorelt, a recording of the Cutler concerto on NMC and Fidelio trio recording of recent commissions. Robin plays on a cello by Vincenzo Panormo c.1791 and keenly follows the exploits of the England cricket team (despite being a Scot).


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Sophie Dennehy

BBC Concert Orchestra

BBC Concert Orchestra
The BBC Concert Orchestra is the UK’s most versatile orchestra. Their action-packed, eclectic schedule boasts concert programmes with music from Haydn to Tchaikovsky, film scores with Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) and the Pet Shop Boys to gigs alongside the Guillemots, Kasabian, Annie Lennox, KD Lang and Will Young.
The 56 players happily switch between recording shimmering scores for TV like Planet Earth, Coast, Walking with Dinosaurs, Kombat Opera and Sports Personality of the Year to building talent and audiences of the future in schools workshops in London and the South East. The Orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence is Jonny Greenwood (otherwise best-known for his work with Radiohead). His score for the film There will be Blood which was recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra was nominated for two Golden Globes and a BAFTA.

Hazlewood, Charles

Charles Hazlewood is one of the most dynamic British musicians of his generation. Currently principal guest conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, he also guest conducts many leading UK and world orchestras. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2003, and BBC Proms debut in 2006.
As music director of contemporary ensemble Excellent Device (formed in 1991), Hazlewood has blazed a trail in new ways of approaching music; its sister orchestra, Harmonieband, fearures leading UK period instrumentalists. Hazlewood is music director and co-founder of the Cape Town-based lyric theatre company Dimpho Di Kopane; as a composer, he has conceived the music for Yiimimngaliso (The Mysteries), Ibali Loo Tsotsi (The Beggar's Opera), and The Snow Queen, premiered in New York in 2004.
As part of his drive to engage the maximum number of people with music, Hazlewood is known to millions as "the face of classical music" (The Daily Telegraph) for BBC TV, in addition to presenting Discovering Music on BBC Radio 3 and the Sony Award-winning Charles Hazlewood Show on BBC Radio 2 broadcast from his farm in rural Somerset.
Future projects include a new album and film combining Excellent Device with Welsh rock band Super Furry Animals, and creating a brand new fully-staged version of Handel's Messiah, and a landmark series for the BBC on the history of British music.

Morgan, Darragh


Violinist with Fidelio Trio, Darragh Morgan has performed extensively throughout Europe, USA, Africa and Asia. He has performed concertos with orchestras including European Union Chamber Orchestra, Istanbul Symphony, Cyprus Chamber Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Ulster Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, and Kolner Kammerorchester.

As a highly active and renowned interpreter of contemporary music, Darragh Morgan has worked with and premiered the music of many of the most important composers of our time, including Arvo Part, Philip Glass, John Tavener, Kevin Volans, Michael Nyman, Gerald Barry and Michael Finnissy. He regularly leads London Sinfonietta, and has also guest led Ensemble Modern, Musik Fabrik, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Remix Ensemble (Porto) and Athlesas Sinfonietta (Copenhagen ). Darragh was violinist with the acclaimed Smith Quartet from 2005-2011 and previously Artistic Director of Barqoue 2000 in South Africa. From 2009-19 he was on the violin faculty at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has given masterclasses at Curtis Institute, Peabody Conservatory, Central Conservatory Beijing and YST Singapore. Darragh has recorded over 50 albums for Naxos, Resonus, NMC, Metier, Delphian and Signum. He plays an 1848 Giuseppe Rocca violin, generously on loan from The Morgan-Rocca Instrument Trust which is administered by The Royal Society of Musicians and a fine bow made by Alfred Lamy.

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Frances Marshall
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Joe Cutler's first full-length album demonstrates his multi-faceted style of composition - from the song cycle In Praise of Dreams, written for soprano Sarah Leonard, to the driving rhythms of Sal's Sax (performed by Orkest de Ereprijs) and the dark orchestral Music for Cello and Strings - recorded by Robin Michael with the BBC Concert Orchestra under Charles Hazlewood.


Gramophone Critics' Choice of 2008

Music Web 'Record of the Month'

'The titles of Joe Cutler's pieces seem designed as smokescreen more than anything else. Behind their jokey references and diverse cultural allusions lurks beautifully crafted music of great energy and creative imagination.' Guardian


Produced in association with BBC Radio 3


Joe Cutler’s music is available from Sound and Music (formerly BMIC)


Music for Cello and Strings was recorded on 29 November 2007 at CTS Studios, Watford Colosseum.

Engineer: PHILIP BURWELL for BBC Radio 3
Producer / Editor: NEIL VARLEY for BBC Radio 3
Buckley’s Hot Licks was recorded on 26 January 2004 at the Church of St Silas, Kentish Town.
Engineer / Producer / Editor: DAVID LEFEBER for Metier
Sal’s Sax was recorded on 15-16 June 19996 at Musis Sacrum, Arnhem, The Netherlands.
Archie and Bartlebooth were recorded on 15 April 2007 at Riverrun Studios, Potton, Bedford; In Praise of Dreams was recorded on 17 April
2007 and Clavinova Music on 19 February 2008, both at Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire.
Engineer / Editor: SIMON HALL
Executive Producers: SIMON HALL, JOE CUTLER
Mastering: SIMON HALL
Executive Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS

Front Cover image: TOM DALE

Music for Cello and StringsIn Praise of DreamsArchieBartleboothClavinova Music and Sal’s Sax (P) 2008 NMC Recordings Ltd
Buckley’s Hot Licks (P) 2006 BMIC


Catalogue number:
NMC D134
Release Date:
16 June 2008