ARTISTS

Hewitt Jones, Simon

Simon
Hewitt Jones
Violin

Simon Hewitt Jones performs, records and broadcasts widely as a solo violinist, concertmaster, teacher, writer, chamber musician, music researcher and leader of the Fifth Quadrant (5Q) music collective. His work is strongly influenced by the legacies of Yehudi Menuhin, Pablo Casals, Leonard Bernstein and Daniel Barenboim, and he is involved extensively with projects that explore the intersection of music, technology, education, and cultural diplomacy.


Simon’s solo and chamber music performances have been featured internationally in festivals and TV/Radio throughout Europe, the USA and the Middle East, including NPR’s Performance Today and BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4. His debut chamber music recording won a BBC Music Magazine ‘Premiere’ award. He tours extensively in the UK, and has appeared at most of the UK’s major venues, including the Bridgewater Hall, the Barbican and the South Bank Centre.

Simon has contributed extensively to commercial projects for Universal Music, and his string section has recorded sessions for EMI, Virgin, Naxos and the BBC. He is a regular guest concertmaster of orchestras and ensembles in the UK, Europe and Middle East.

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Worswick, David

David
Worswick
Violin

David Worswick became inspired to play the violin after hearing the recordings of Jascha Heifetz. Initially, he was self-taught – the Liverpool Central Library a goldmine for scores and CDs. At fourteen, things got a little more serious and he began lessons at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior School, where his unorthodox violin technique was radically revamped. He then progressed to Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, enjoying two riotous years, before moving to his now beloved London to study at the Royal Academy of Music.

In recent seasons, David has performed at many of London’s major music venues – Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Cadogan Hall, Roundhouse, Conway Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Linbury Theatre, LSO St. Luke’s. He has also played in some slightly more unusual venues – City Hall, The Macbeth, Old Vic Tunnels, London Eye, Classic FM Studios, National Portrait Gallery, Village Underground. And, he has featured at many festivals throughout the UK – Edinburgh Fringe, Aldeburgh, Soundings, Johnsmas Foy in the Shetland Islands, Leeds International Concert Series, Sounds New, St. David’s, North Wales International Music, Spitalfields.

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Hankey, Tom

Tom
Hankey
Viola

Tom Hankey studied the violin with David Takeno, Krzyzstof Smietana, Levon Chilingirian and Yossi Zivoni. He studied at the Purcell School, the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music.

Tom is a member (as violinist and violist) of the Aronowitz Ensemble. The group took part in the Radio 3 New Generation Artist Scheme which involved frequent performances on the radio - live and pre- recorded from venues throughout the UK, such as Wigmore Hall, The Sage (Newcastle), Bridgewater Hall and the Bath, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Kings Place, Spoleto Festival and City of London Festivals. In September 2008 the group performed in the proms chamber concert series. The Borletti-Buitoni Trust award enabled them to release two CDs on the Sonimage label.

Tom was a founding member of Ensemble Na Mara - a piano quartet and string trio. The group won the 2006 Royal Over-Seas league ensemble prize, the Tunnel prize and a Kirkman prize.

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Coates, Oliver

Oliver
Coates
cello

Oliver Coates is a cellist, composer and producer based in London. In the past year he has performed solo shows in China, Russia, Brazil, Egypt and Australia, and made his New York debut at Le Poisson Rouge. He was the first cellist to be awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award, in 2011, following previous winners including Gustavo Dudamel and Colin Currie, and is an Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre. He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2009 playing Britten, Rachmaninoff and Beethoven with Danny Driver, and has performed in a cello-piano recital partnership with Driver for 16 years. In the last few seasons, he has performed concertos with Britten Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Neojiba Youth Orchestra of Bahia in Brazil, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra and London Contemporary Orchestra. He has played as principal cello with Aurora Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Contemporary Orchestra, and currently devotes all of his time to solo and chamber music, and to writing all kinds of music.

He has released records on Prah Recordings and Slip, and collaborates with Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead (on The Master and There Will Be Blood), Mica Levi (on Under the Skin) and the visual artist Lawrence Lek (on the award-winning video piece Unreal Estate). With Lek, he presented the world premiere of a new work, QE3, at the Glasgow International festival in April. His new LP, Upstepping, came out on Prah in May 2016, he programmed the Southbank Centre’s DEEP∞MINIMALISM festival and released a collaborative record with Mica Levi on Slip/Warp.

His playing has been described as “world class” (The Guardian), “virtuosity in the extreme” (Seen & Heard), “remarkable ... reminiscent of a young Tortelier or Rostropovich” (broadcaster Henry Kelly) and “mind-blowing ... masterly in every way” (composer Anthony Gilbert).

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Hewitt Jones, Thomas

Thomas
Hewitt Jones
cello

Thomas Hewitt Jones is an award-winning composer of contemporary classical and commercial music. Winner of the 2003 BBC Young Composer Competition, his music has been published by Boosey & Hawkes, Oxford University Press, Banks Music, the RSCM, Encore Publications, Universal Music, and is frequently heard on radio, TV and the cinema in the UK and abroad.

Thomas has written three ballets which toured the UK in 2008–2011 with Ballet Cymru, most notably a dance setting of Dylan Thomas’ masterpiece Under Milk Wood. His choral and instrumental music is frequently performed worldwide. He has also written numerous Christmas carols, including What Child is This? (OUP, 2012). Recent large-scale works include Wildflower Meadows, a song cycle commemorating the First World War, and the Christmas cantata Incarnation, released on Regent Records, both with words by regular collaborator Paul Williamson.

Commercial commissions have included work in America and scores for films in the UK, as well as music for the London 2012 Olympics Mascots animated films, with stories by Michael Morpurgo and narration by Stephen Fry. Thomas has also composed the music for a new musical version of Rumpelstiltskin which premiered at The Egg, Bath in December 2014. Recent performances include the premiere of a new set of songs charting the history of Bath with words by Paul Williamson (Bath Abbey, 2015), and the UK premiere of choral and orchestral work Panathenaia at the British Museum, commissioned by Hugo Ticciati.

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Swain, Daniel

Daniel
Swain
Piano

Daniel Swain read Music at St. Anne's College, Oxford winning a Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music. He graduated with the highest honours and an 'Award for Excellence', and was subsequently awarded a Junior Fellowship.

He has performed in many of the major London venues including the Wigmore, Cadogan, Queen Elizabeth, and Royal Festival Halls, the Purcell Room, the churches of St-Martin-in-the-Fields and St James', Piccadilly, the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and the Millenium Centre, Cardiff. Daniel is a member of the Randolph Piano Trio and has also performed with such internationally acclaimed artists as cellist Alexander Baillie, Leonid Gorokhov, and Tim Hugh, the tenor Daniel Norman, and violinst Hideko Udagawa. He performs regularly in venues across the UK as a Live Music Now! Fellowship Artist, and has also given recitals in Sweden, Norway, France, Italy, and Austria.

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Simon Hewitt Jones violin
David Worswick violin
Tom Hankey viola
Oliver Coates cello
Thomas Hewitt Jones cello
Daniel Swain piano

 

One of NMC's commitments to new music is rescuing significant recordings that have been deleted. This award-winning album of first recordings of Imogen Holst's chamber works (originally released on the Court Lane Music label) is an important addition to the NMC catalogue, and a wonderful tribute to a significant 20th-century British composer. Stylistically, many of the works share a similar soundworld to early Tippett and Finzi, however during the 1930s Imogen heard Berg's Wozzeck in Vienna, which had a profound impact. Her Sonata for Violin and Cello, written during this time, explores a darker, more unsettling dissonance. There is another reason that this release is important to NMC. It is thanks to Imogen (and Colin Matthews) that NMC Recordings was created, back in 1989, with support from the Holst Foundation.

 

'Imogen Holst was a visionary. When together we established the Holst Foundation, not long before her death in 1984, she was clear that she did not want its future role to be to subsidise her father’s music in the way that most other composer trusts function. Instead she hoped that it would be able to support the work of living composers; and this is what the Foundation has done for nearly 30 years. We had talked at length about the possibility of funding recordings, and although it took a while to get NMC off the ground, I have always felt that the label was founded with her blessing, and that she would have approved whole-heartedly of what we have achieved since 1989.'

Colin Matthews Composer/NMC Executive Producer

REVIEWS

'An invaluable reminder of Imogen Holst's gifts as a composer' BBC Radio 3 Record Review

'A touching and beautifully presented tribute to a significant figure in 20th-century British music' The Guardian

'Music that reveals skill and a fertile imagination' Gramophone

'The recorded sound, full of presence and atmosphere, is state-of-the-art' BBC Music Magazine

AWARDS

BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE AWARD WINNER 2010

RECORDING CREDITS

Recorded and produced at All Saints Church, West Dulwich in August 2007

THOMAS HEWITT JONES Producer/Engineer

KEVIN WEAVER Producer (String Quintet)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Faber Music
Catalogue number:
NMC D236
Release Date:
22 September 2017