Selected Highlights of Reviews of Recordings

Complete Works for Violin and Piano. Altamira

A treasure trove for those who enjoy the lyrical English pastoral tradition. MusicWeb International

Very pleasant, very assured music, beautifully written for the two instruments, which should appeal to all lovers of English music in the general vein of John Ireland, Roger Quilter or the early Frank Bridge. – International Record Review.

Dale and Fell

A quiet mastery of the medium that brings constant pleasure, nicely performed and recorded. BBC Music Magazine.

Outstanding playing. – Classic FM Magazine.

Songs by Armstrong Gibbs – Hyperion

It becomes clear that Gibbs is yet another English composer whose music is inexplicably forgotten today. If you like Vaughan Williams, Bax and other contemporary composers you will enjoy this recording.

Janet Baker – English Song Anthology. Regis

It catches Janet Baker at her glorious best singing some of the finest English songs in the repertoire. They are performed with such beautiful and sensitive phrasing as you would expect from Janet Baker, and this album is a must have.

Complete Piano Trios – London Piano Trio. Altamira

Fantastic! This was a real surprise. I had no idea that these pieces are so wonderful, and the playing is world class.

Symphonies 1 and 3 – Ireland National Symphony Orchestra. Marco Polo

Very much worth investigating. The masterpiece is undoubtedly the Third. This is impassioned Nature music and linked to specific Westmorland locations. These two symphonies place Gibbs firmly in British symphonic history.

English Fantasy – Gala

Fresh and impressively pleasing. Musicweb International

Fine tone and ensemble. Musicweb International

English String Miniatures – Naxos

A delight to listen to. All performed to perfection. Full of delightful melodies and wonderful invention.

British Light Music Miniatures – Marco Polo

62 minutes of bliss. Tomlinson at his supreme best.

British Light Music Classics – New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp. Hyperion

Fabulous collection of some old time favourites.

A superb collection. Beautifully played and recorded.

The Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra. Vocation

Great compilation containing many long-forgotten tracks. Highly recommended.

Gibbs Songs – Marco Polo

Superb anthology of Armstrong Gibbs songs. A wonderful and memorable CD of unjustly neglected songs by a ‘minor master’.

English Song, various artists. Naxos

Excellent for both listening and inspiration. I am an accompanist and my soloist and I find these CD’s very useful in our own interpretation.

A Collection of 20th century part songs – Etcetera

The well-honed voices of the Gentlemen of St John’s deliver a treat.

A Marian Christmas – Cygnus

Christmas and choral music fans – this is one not to miss.

St Martin’s Chamber Choir is a marvel in itself…delicately balanced and blended in a soothing radiance. American Record Guide

Favourite English Songs – Chandos

I discovered this little treasure on Amazon. It’s a great pity that British composers are not more known outside the UK. Superb tunes combined with great poems sensually performed.

The Golden Age of Light Music: The 1930’s Revisited – vol 3.

A treasure chest of instrumental music.