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Robert Saxton’s Piano Music: A Creative Collaboration

Clare Hammond introduces her album of Robert Saxton’s piano music, in preparation for release in March 2018 In August I travelled to SJE Arts in… 

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Rodney Newton’s Spanish Diary

Day 1, Sunday, 17 September 2017 This afternoon my old friend Martin Anderson and I set out for Málaga to record some music that I… 

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Zuzana Růžičková, Doyenne of the Harpsichord – And Mrs Viktor Kalabis

The death of Zuzana Růžičková – peacefully, in her sleep, in the early afternoon on 27 September 2017 – brings to an end one of… 

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Recording my Tone Poems in Liepāja

The first thing I noticed was the trees. Once we were out of Riga airport, they soon crowded up to the edge of the road;… 

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Steve Elcock Orchestral Music IndieGoGo

Help to make the first recording of Steve Elcock’s Orchestral Music a public release by funding the IndieGoGo campaign: After writing music for over 25… 

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‘Long Memories’: The Diary of an Unfolding Project for Toccata Press – First Stop: Lithuania

‘Long Memories’ – the original idea for a book of interviews with senior composers came as the result of meeting and working with two very… 

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Robert Crowe Guest Blog on The Opera Stage

Explore Toccata artist Robert Crowe has penned a guest-blog for the site, The Opera Stage. Read the excerpt below, and continue reading on TheOperaStage.com and… 

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An Estonian Excursion for the Heino Eller Award

Toccata Classics has now released five albums of the piano music of the Estonian composer Heino Eller – enough for Toccata founder Martin Anderson to… 

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A Tribute To Pascal Bentoiu

This Friday, 7 April, the Romanian Cultural Institute in London plays host to the first of two events paying homage to Pascal Bentoiu, one of… 

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David Gorton’s “Variations on John Dowland” Reviewed on BBC Radio 3

Order Now Andrew McGregor and Kirsten Gibson talking on Record Review, BBC Radio 3, broadcast Saturday 18 March 2017: Kirsten Gibson reviews a collection of… 

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John Gardner, Symphonist

This interview was published in Fanfare, Vol. 24, No. 1 (September/October 2000) to mark the release of an ASV CD of John Gardner’s orchestral music.… 

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Algernon Ashton and Stephen Dodgson: A Brief Introduction to Two English Composers

A brief introduction to the music of Algernon Ashton and a discussion with Jane Clark Dodgson about her late husband, Stephen Dodgson, in St Margaret… 

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‘We Should Know Who We Are’: Veljo Tormis in Conversation

Learn More I am much saddened by the news of the death of Veljo Tormis on Saturday, 21 January. Tormis was as significant a figure… 

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Unlocking the Secrets of Sacred Music in Late-Eighteenth-Century Rome: Detective Work among Dusty Manuscripts

For better or worse, I have always been highly (some would say provocatively) inquisitive, and not always content to accept, without question, received narratives of… 

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Martin’s Final Sponsored Slim Check-In

Well, the end of the year also saw the end of my four-month sponsored slim, and I’m pleased to relate that when I got weighed… 

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Discovering Robert Fürstenthal and his ‘Lost Lieder’

It was while I was working as music curator at the Jewish Museum in Vienna that someone told me about Robert Fürstenthal. It must have… 

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