New Releases

Ireland: Piano Concerto/Cello Sonata
Casella: Triple Concerto (FHR63)

John Ireland: Piano Concerto in E flat
Annarosa Taddei, piano
Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma della RAI / Alfredo Casella
RAI live broadcast recording of a concert given in the Foro Italico (formerly Foro Mussolini) Rome, Italy on 15 March, 1946
Remastering: Paolo Zeccara, from the original RAI acetate discs / FHR
This is the only surviving recording of Casella as conductor

John Ireland: Cello Sonata
Antoni Sala, cello
John Ireland, piano
Recorded by English Columbia on October 25, 1928
Matrices: WAX4190-4196; all first takes except the first and last sides which are second takes.
Released on Columbia L 2314-2317 in September 1929

Alfredo Casella (1883-1947)
Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra, Op. 56 (1933)
Alfredo Casella, piano
Alberto Poltronieri, violin
Arturo Bonucci, cello
Boston Symphony Orchestra / Serge Koussevitzky
Westinghouse Broadcasting Company recording of a concert given in Symphony Hall, Boston, USA on 22 February, 1936
This is the only surviving recording of Casella the pianist with orchestra

Hear an excerpt:

This release has been generously sponsored by The John Ireland Trust


Clarinet Fantasies (Prima Facie PFCD076)

Nadia Wilson, clarinet
Martin Butler, piano

Bax: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in D
Horovitz: Sonatina for clarinet & piano
Butler, M: Barlow Dale: Four Characteristic Pieces
Ireland: Fantasy Sonata

Clarinettist Nadia Wilson’s debut CD Clarinet Fantasies, with composer and pianist Martin Butler, celebrates music for clarinet and piano by twentieth-century British composers Arnold Bax, Joseph Horovitz, John Ireland and Martin Butler.

“The Ireland is a classic British masterpiece for clarinet and piano and was an obvious choice for the CD; it’s a real duo with virtuosic, exciting and varied writing for both instruments, creating vivid sound worlds that envelop the listener.”


Celebrating English Song (SOMMCD 0177)

Roderick Williams, baritone; Susie Allan, piano

John Ireland: Great Things; Sea Fever; In Boyhood; Youth’s Spring Tribute
George Butterworth: Six songs from A Shropshire Lad
Ian Venables: A Kiss; Flying Crooked
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Silent Noon; The Vagabond
Ivor Gurney: Black Stitchel; Lights Out; Captain Stratton’s Fancy
Roger Quilter: Weep you no more, sad fountains
Peter Warlock: Jillian of Berry
E J Moeran: The Pleasant Valley
Benjamin Britten: The Salley Gardens; The Ploughboy
Gerald Finzi: Come away, Death; Who is Silvia?; Fear no more the heat o’ the sun; O Mistress Mine; It was a lover and his lass
Ivor Gurney: Sleep

This wonderful Celebration of English Song was recorded especially for SOMM by baritone Roderick Williams deliciously partnered here by Susie Allan in a collection to gladden the hearts of all lovers of English music. This splendidly wide-ranging collection features two well-loved song cycles, Butterworth's Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad and Finzi's Let us Garlands bring. It also includes some of the best-known English songs of the periods before and after World War II – Ireland's world-famous Sea Fever and Great Things and The Kiss and Flying Crooked, from Ian Venables – now widely regarded as the finest living English composer of art songs and a true successor to Benjamin Britten, represented here by two irresistible settings of English folk-songs, The Salley Gardens and The Ploughboy. Also included are songs by Quilter, Gurney, Warlock and E.J. Moeran.


Elgar, Bridge, Ireland - Violin Sonatas (Meridian CDE84648)

Susanne Stanzeleit, Violin; John Thwaites, Piano

Edward Elgar: Violin Sonata Op.82
Frank Bridge: Violin Sonata (1932)
John Ireland: Violin Sonata No.2 in A minor
(Read more about the centenery of this work on the Home page)


Sea-Croon – The Voice of the Cello in the 1920’s (EM Records CD042)

Joseph Spooner, cello; Rebeca Omordia, piano (Ireland Cello Sonata); Maureen Galea, piano

Eric Fogg: Poem (1922)
John Ireland: Sonata for Cello and Piano (1923)
Cyril Scott: The Gentle Maiden (Irish Air)
Frederic Austin: Sonata (1927)
Greville Cooke: Sea-Croon (1929)
William Alwyn: Two Folk Tunes (1929)
Benjamin Burrows: Sonatina (1930)


British Music for Violin and Piano: Elgar, Bridge, Delius, Scott, Ireland (Naxos 8.573790)

Clare Howick, violin; John Paul Ekins, piano

Elgar, Edward: Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 82
Bridge, Frank: Romanze
Delius, Frederick: Lullaby for a Modern Baby
Scott, Cyril: Vesperale, Op. 40, No. 2 (arr. R. Lange for violin and piano)*
Bridge, Frank: Moto perpetuo
Scott, Cyril: 2 Sonnets
Bridge, Frank: Country Dance*
Delius, Frederick: Hassan, Serenade (arr. L. Tertis)
Bridge, Frank: Con moto*
Delius, Frederick: Romance for Violin and Piano
Ireland, John: Bagatelle
Bridge, Frank: Romance
Ireland, John: Cavatina
Bridge, Frank: Meditation*
Scott, Cyril: The Gentle Maiden (version for violin and piano)
Elgar, Edward: Mazurka
* Denotes World Premiere recording

Framed by Edward Elgar’s deeply personal Violin Sonata and the bravura fireworks of his Mazurka, this programme is a fascinating look at British music for violin and piano at the turn of the last century. Popular pieces such as Delius’s haunting Serenade can be found alongside premiere recordings such as that of Frank Bridge’s attractive Con moto or Cyril Scott’s contemplative Vesperale. Clare Howick’s recital of British Women Composers can be heard on Naxos 8.572291, ‘in very fine performances that evince total commitment’. (MusicWeb International)


Echoes of Land & Sea (SOMMCD 0174)

Maria Marchant, piano

Britten: Holiday Diary Op. 5
Stevenson: Peter Grimes Fantasy
Ireland: Ballade of London Nights
Ireland: Sea Fever transcribed freely by Roderick Williams

Roderick Williams: Goodwood by the Sea
Leighton: Six Studies Op. 56
Holst: Solo Piano Music: Toccata/Chrissemas Day in the Morning/O! I Hae Seen The Roses Blaw/The Shoemaker/Nocturne/Jig
Holst: Brook Green Suite

This cleverly planned new recital represents a uniquely valuable addition to the catalogue and focuses attention on English piano music which is less well known but no less delectable. Our programme ranges from some of the most famous names in music to those best-known in other areas of the art – and has been carefully chosen to present a uniquely fascinating conspectus of piano music by British composers of the last 100 years.


John Ireland Chamber Music (Heritage HTGCD 197)

Tessa Robbins (violin), Thea King (clarinet), Alan Rowlands (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 2
Fantasy-Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
The Cherry Tree
The Towing-Path
Spring will not wait
The Island Spell
Month’s Mind
Summer Evening
The Holy Boy
Spring Sorrow
Alan Rowlands

This record brings together two classic performances of chamber works by John Ireland. Originally made for the SAGA label in the early 1960s, the recordings have been remastered and both appear on CD for the first time. It is particularly gratifying to feature the playing of violinist Tessa Robbins, one of the UK’s finest post-war violinists, who made precious few recordings. Alan Rowlands’ stereo performances of Ireland’s popular piano pieces receive their first commercial release and offer an opportunity for comparison with the earlier mono recordings he made for Lyrita. Thea King performs the Fantasy-Sonata which was originally written for and performed by her teacher (later her husband), Frederick Thurston. The project is supported by the John Ireland Trust.


British Cello Sonatas: Ireland, Delius & Bax (Lyrita SRCD361)

Lionel Handy, cello; Jennifer Hughes, piano

Bax: Cello Sonata in E flat
Delius: Violin Sonata No. 3 (arr. for cello and piano L. Handy)
Ireland: Cello Sonata

The Cello Sonata in G minor was written in 1923 and premiered the following year on 4 April by the cellist Beatrice Harrison with pianist Evlyn Howard-Jones at the Aeolian Hall, London. The composer himself performed the Sonata many times as pianist with several cellists including Antoni Sala, who pronounced it ‘the best cello sonata of modern times’, and recorded it with Ireland on the Columbia label in October 1928.


Reizenstein, Bush & Ireland: Sonatas for Violin & Piano (Lyrita SRCD360)

The Steinberg Duo: Louisa Stonehill, violin; Nicholas Burns, piano

Bush, G: Violin Sonata (First Recording)
Ireland: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor
Reizenstein: Violin Sonata in G-sharp, Op. 20

All three of these works were written at times of war. John Ireland's sonata was composed during World War One (1917) and was the work that established Ireland as a composer of note in the UK. The Franz Reizenstein and Geoffrey Bush sontatas come later, composed in 1945, and are far less well known. While all three works maintain a sense of melody and tonality, each composer finds room to push boundaries.

Twentieth Century Music for Violin & Piano (Lyrita SRCD359)

Fenella Humphreys, violin
Nathan Williamson, piano

Doreen Carwithen (1922-2003)
Violin Sonata (c.1960)

Charles Wilfred (C W) Orr (1893-1976)
Serenade (after 1930)
Minuet (after 1930)

Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989)
Elegy & Toccata Op. 33 Nos 2 & 3 (1951)

Cyril Scott (1879-1970)
Sonnets (1914/15)
Sonnet I & II

Frederick Delius (1862-1934)
Légende in E-flat (1916)

Thomas Pitfield (1903-1999)
Sonata No. 1 in A (1939)

Percy M. Young (1912-2004)
Passacaglia (1931)

John Ireland 
Berceuse (1902)
Bagatelle (1911)

THE STANFORD LEGACY (Nimbus Alliance NI 6334)

Martin Outram, Viola; Julian Rolton, Piano

Charles Villiers Stanford arr. Henry Waldo Warner Sonata for Viola and Piano op 129 
Rebecca Clarke: Sonata for Viola and Piano 
John Ireland arr. Martin Outram: Sonata for Viola and Piano

Having been appointed Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music in 1883 and Professor of Music at Cambridge University in 1888, Stanford taught many of the leading British composers of the day. To name but a few, these included Frank Bridge, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arthur Bliss and the other two composers represented on this disc, John Ireland and Rebecca Clarke.


City of London Sinfonia. Conductor, Richard Hickox

Re-issue: originally recorded in 1994

A Downland Suite (Arranged for string orchestra by John Ireland and Geoffrey Bush)
Orchestral Poem
Concertino Pastorale for Strings
Two Symphonic Studies

In 1971, Richard Hickox founded the Richard Hickox Orchestra, which in 1979 became the City of London Sinfonia. Fifteen years later he made this highly praised recording of orchestral works by John Ireland, now made available at ‘classic Chandos’ price.
Gramophone featured this recording in its 2010 Classical Music Guide, stating in its original review that ’Chandos have been doing John Ireland proud over the last few years, and Richard Hickox’s new anthology is well up to the high standards of previous instalments in this valuable series. With rich, refined Chandos sound, this remains a most enjoyable collection... Hickox gives a sensitive account of the Downland Suite and extracts great expressive intensity from the glorious second movement “Elegy”. The Concertino Pastorale is another fine work, boasting a most eloquent opening “Eclogue” and tenderly poignant “Threnody”, towards the end of which Ireland seems to allow himself a momentary recollection of the haunting opening phrase of his earlier orchestral prelude, The Forgotten Rite.‘

JOHN IRELAND and E. J. MOERAN: Choral Music (Naxos 8.573584)

The Carice Singers; David Owen Norris, piano; George Parris, Director

Renowned for his outstanding piano miniatures and solo songs, John Ireland is little known these days as a composer of partsongs. His deep understanding of choral forces brings a unique polish and artistry to the genre, his early style reflecting a deference to his masters Parry and Stanford, and deeply moving post-war masterpieces such as Twilight Night exploiting a more acerbic harmonic vocabulary. E.J. Moeran's inclination towards introspective melancholy blends with his knowledge of Elizabethan madrigal and renaissance dance, resulting in true gems on themes of love such as While she lies sleeping. The cover photo shows the two composer's on the Norfolk Broads.

John Ireland:
A Cradle Song
Weep you no more, sad fountains
Laughing Song
The Peaceful Western Wind
Spring, the Sweet Spring
When May is in His Prime
Fain would I change that note
Twilight Night
These Things Shall Be
The Hills
They Told Me, Heraclitus
Sea Fever
In Praise of Neptune
E J Moeran:
Songs of Springtime
Blue-eyed Spring
Weep you no more, sad fountains
Phyllida and Corydon

(Champs Hill CD-CHRCD094)

Kitty Whately, mezzo-soprano
Joseph Middleton, piano
Navarra Quartet
Kevin Whately
Madelaine Newton

Include's Ireland's 'Earth's Call' and 'Spring will not wait'

A beautiful collection of English Poetry and Song performed by mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately and her family and friends.
The pain of longing for home, of true not sentimental nostalgia, deep seated in the art of the British Isles, permeates this album’s exquisite programme of poetry and song, from Shakespeare’s Scepter’d Isle, the ‘blue remembered hills’ of Housman’s Shropshire or Hardy’s Wessex, to the idyllic Ireland of Joseph Campbell’s ‘I wish and I wish’.
Features beautiful texts by poets including Dante Gabriel Rosetti, his sister Christina Rosetti, AE Housman and John Masefield
The stoicism the British are known for flickers in so many of the songs on this album, hope for peace and hope for eternal values of beauty and truth. It stands proud in ‘The fields are full’, one of many fine songs written by Ivor Gurney in the fruitful post-war years following his initial recovery from shellshock, and there too in John Ireland’s ‘Earth’s Call’, 
Kitty Whately, a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist for the 2013–15 seasons, was the winner of both the Kathleen Ferrier Award, and the 59th Royal Over-Seas League Award for Singers in 2011 
Pianist Joseph Middleton was described in the BBC Music Magazine as ‘one of the brightest stars in the world of song and Lieder’, he has also be labelled as ‘the cream of the new generation’ by The Times. 
Featuring Kitty’s actor parents, Kevin Whately (Lead roles in Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Inspector Morse, and title role in Lewis) and Madelaine Newton (Theatre and TV actress including leading roles in the hugely successful series When The Boat Comes In, The Spoils of War and Auf Weidersehen Pet)
Award winning Navarra Quartet feature both individually and as a quartet in Samuel Barber’s beautiful Dover Beach.


English Chamber Orchestra
Julian Lloyd Webber, conductor

This wide-ranging programme of English music for strings includes the world première recording of Howard Goodall’s moving 'And the Bridge is Love', in which Julian Lloyd Webber plays cello, and of William Lloyd Webber’s 'The Moon', only performed for the first time in 2014. There are also established classics such as Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Op. 47, as well as novelties in the case of the never-before-recorded arrangements by Elgar’s friend and biographer W.H. Reed of the two Chansons

The Ireland work is the Minuet from 'A Downland Suite' (version for string orchestra)


Songs by John Ireland

April Fredrick, soprano 
Mark Bebbington. piano

The Songs of John Ireland form an important part of his output and are highly regarded by professional singers who appreciate the lyrical contours of his melodies, the sensitivity of his word settings and the wide variety of moods they encompass.


Paul Watkins, cello; Huw Watkins, piano

York Bowen 
Sonata, Op. 64 in A major for Cello and Piano    
Arnold Bax
Sonata in E flat major for Cello and Piano    

John Ireland
Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano        



Piers Lane, piano
Down Longford Way, (No 2 of Four Musical Sketches for Piano) Katharine Parker               
Toccata (Movement 4 of Suite), Alan Lane  
Toccata for Piers Lane, Anthony Doheny                 
Ballerina, John Ireland                      
Jesu, joy of man's desiring, (Movement 10 of Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV147)   J S Bach , arr. Dame Myra Hess                     
Marigold, Billy Mayerl                
Naila Waltz, Léo Delibes , arr. Ernö Dohnányi                    
Margaritki, 'Daisies'   (No 3 of Six Romances, Op 38)   Sergei Rachmaninov         
Dizzy Fingers, Zez Confrey                   
Barcarolles, Mark Saya                     
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square, Manning Sherwin, arr. Regis Danillon                     
Nocturne No 4 in C minor 'Bal fantôme', Francis Poulenc                     
Bach goes to town 'Prelude and Fugue in swing', Alec Templeton
Jamaican Rumba, Arthur Benjamin                       
The Tiger Tango, (Movement 3 of Save the Animals Suite)    Robert Keane                      
Variations on a well-known theme, Antony Hopkins                    
Arabesque No 1 in G flat major 'Filigran' Op 5, Sigfrid Karg-Elert                    
Beethoven Parody 'And the same to you', Dudley Moore                    
Irish tune from County Derry, Percy Grainger  

'Ballerina' by John Ireland may sound familiar, but this is in fact the first recording of a piece published only after the recording sessions. It is the early version of Ireland’s 'Columbine' (1951), originally called 'Impromptu', a title its composer disliked. For its recent publication it was renamed 'Ballerina', a working title used by Ireland on one of his sketches for the piece, now held in the British Library. It was originally commissioned in 1949 by the American screenwriter William Rose, as a present for his wife Tania (née Price). Ireland reworked it before its publication as 'Columbine' two years later. Alan Bush, the trenchant British composer who studied with Ireland from 1927 to 1932, used to play this early version and preferred it to the revised 'Columbine', which he described as bowdlerized! After a performance I gave in Milan of Ireland’s Piano Concerto, Bruce Phillips, Director of The John Ireland Charitable Trust, asked me what other Ireland I was performing for the fiftieth anniversary of the composer’s death. I mentioned this recording and the possibility of including the delicious ‘valse lente’ 'Columbine'; it was he who suggested I might consider 'Ballerina' instead. Piers Lane

ENGLISH SONGBOOK (Convivium Records)

Adrian Green, tenor; Noel Skinner, piano

The English Songbook is the debut album from Adrian Green, Tenor, Producer, Director and Founder of Convivium Records and the Convivium Singers.
Is she not passing fair? Edward Elgar
The East Riding John Ireland
A sea burthen Michael Head
The sea-bird Roger Quilter
A kingdom by the sea Arthur Somervell
Orpheus with his lute Ralph Vaughan Williams
The bayly berith the bell away Peter Warlock
The salley gardens arr. Benjamin Britten
The green hills o’Somerset Eric Coates
Go, lovely rose Roger Quilter
Silent Noon Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Sigh Gerald Finzi
Sleep Ivor Gurney
Early one morning arr. Percy Grainger
Bredon Hill George Butterworth
In dreams Will Drakett
Youth and Love Malcolm Archer
When I am dead, my dearest Adrian Green

(Convivium Records)

Portsmouth Cathedral Choir, Convivium Singers, Malcolm Archer, conductor (in partnership with The Baltic Exchange)

They that go down to the sea in ships Grayson Ives
Vast Ocean of Light Jonathan Dove
Here I am, Lord Daniel Schutt (arr. Malcolm Archer)
Windswept Skies  Carson Cooman
Anthem for Seafarers (Eternal Father, Strong to Save) Malcolm Archer
Never weather-beaten sail Charles Wood
Sailing Trad. (arr. Peter Hunt)
Sea Fever John Ireland
The water is wide Trad. (arr. William Drakett)
Blow the wind southerly Trad. (arr. Timothy Salter)
There is an old belief Hubert Parry
Crossing the Bar Hubert Parry
Nearer, my God, to Thee Lowell Mason (arr. Malcolm Archer)

(Stone Records: 5060192780260)

Mark Stone, baritone; Sholto Kynoch, piano
The first CD in a four-disc series comprising the first complete recording of the songs of John Ireland:
Sea Fever; The Bells of San Marie; The Vagabond; Hope the Hornblower; The East Riding
In Praise of Neptune (version for voice and piano); Here's to the ships!; Song from o'er the hill.
The Land of Lost Content: The lent lily; Ladslove; Goal and wicket; The vain desire; The encounter; Epilogue.
The Heart's Desire; We'll to the Woods No More; In Boyhood; Spring will not wait. Hawthorn Time; Spring Sorrow.
Two Songs to Poems by Rupert Brooke: The soldier; Blow out, you bugles.
Two Songs (1917-18): Blind; The Cost.
A Garrison Churchyard; Love's Window; Billee Bowline; When I grow old; Hillo, My Bonny; Porto Rico.

Supported by the John Ireland Charitable Trust

Altogether a disc to leave one freshly enthusiastic about the writing of John Ireland, often strikingly supported by his idiomatic piano-writing.
Edward Greenfield, Gramophone Magazine, (March 2014) 



Alexander Baillie, cello; John Thwaites, piano

Bridge: Cello Sonata in D minor
Delius: Cello Sonata
Ireland: Cello Sonata in G minor
Clarke: Sonata for Cello and Piano
Keys: Cello Sonata
Rubbra: Cello Sonata in G minor
Supported by the John Ireland Charitable Trust

"Of all these fine works it’s perhaps the Ireland Sonata that wears best – a piece (it seems in this performance) written in blood, and surely among its composer’s greatest works. Somm’s recording is wonderfully immediate and almost perfectly balanced." 
A '5 star' review for performance and recording
Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine (September 2013)

"Six significant British cello sonatas impeccably performed."
Ian Lace, MusicWeb International


THE ROMANTIC CELLO, Volume ii (VIF Records: VRCD082)

Philip Handy, cello; Robert Markham, piano

Ireland: Cello Sonata
Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata
Delius: Serenade
Benjamin Woodgates: Serenade for solo Cello
Supported by the John Ireland Charitable Trust

“The playing is stunning – from both performers – and the sound quality is ideal.”
John France, MusicWeb International

"It is a highly restless piece, given a powerful performance, with Handy playing with a fine grained tone giving focus to the intensity.  An impressive debut from a young cellist."
(on the Ireland Cello Sonata)
Robert Hugill:

(Dutton Epoch CDLX 7281)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Martin Yates, conductor

Moeran: Sketches for Symphony No. 2 in E flat (Realised and completed by Martin Yates)
Ireland: Sarnia: an island sequence for orchestra (Orchestrated by Martin Yates)
Overture for a Festival (Orchestrated by Rodney Newton)

One of MusicWeb’s recordings of 2012:


Julian Hellaby, piano; Peter Noke, piano; Linda Merrick, clarinet; Naomi Wright, cello; Catriona Lang, soprano

Fantasy Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Rhapsody for Piano
Mother and Child (song cycle)
Sonata for Cello and Piano
Songs: The Lent Lily; The Vain Desire; Santa Chiara
Supported by the John Ireland Charitable Trust

"This outstanding CD is a fine introduction to the music of this composer. The project had been supported by the John Ireland Charitable Trust and all John Ireland fans will also want this CD in their collection."
John France, MusicWeb International

DUET (Divine Art: DDA25104)

Caroline Clemmow and Anthony Goldstone, pianos

Ireland: The Forgotten Rite
Mussorgsky: Night on the Bald Mountain
Ibert: Escales
Lyadov: The Enchanted Lake
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes


Peter Cigleris, clarinet; Antony Gray, piano

Ireland: Fantasy Sonata
Alwyn: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Carmichael: Fetes Champetres
Jenkins: Five Pieces for Clarinet and Piano
Carmichael: Aria and Finale
Armstrong Gibbs: Three Pieces for Clarinet and Piano

"This is a fresh and impressively pleasing collection which mixes the usual and the unusual to good effect with more of the latter than the former."
Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International


EVENING SONGS (Naxos 8.572902)

Julian Lloyd Webber and Jiaxin Cheng, cellos; John Lenehan, piano

Songs by Ireland and Delius arranged for cello and piano by Julian Lloyd Webber, including world premieres of ‘Evening Song’ and ‘In Summer Woods’.

Spring Sorrow, Evening Song, Sea Fever, The Holy Boy, Baby, The Three Ravens, Hope, Ladslove, Summer Schemes, Her Song, In Summer Woods.
Delius songs: Sunset, Birds in the High Hall Garden, In the Seraglio Garden, Love’s Philosophy, Over the Mountains High, Serenade from Hassan, Through Long, Long Years, Little Birdie, Slumber Song, With Your Blue Eyes.


Lincoln Cathedral Choir, Charles Harrison; Aric Prentice, organ

Te Deum in F
Communion Service in C
My song is love unknown
Elegiac Romance (organ solo)
Evening Service in C
Christ the Lord is risen today (Sampford)
Four unaccompanied Carols
Greater love hath no man
I am trusting (Eastergate)
Ex ore innocentium
Capriccio (organ solo)
Island Praise
Evening Service in F

"Full marks for devising such a varied programme of choral items and for choosing two of Ireland's best organ solos.  A very enjoyable and rewarding disc, showcasing the fine quality of British Cathedral music-making."
Christopher Nickol, Gramophone
Naxos 'CD of the Month' December 2012


Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir; Paul Spicer, Director

SOMM celebrates some of Frederick Delius's and John Ireland's choral and vocal music

Ireland: Heraclitus; Weep you no more sad fountains; Fain would I change that note; When May is in his prime; New Prince, New Pomp; Adam lay ybounden; The Holy Boy; New Year Carol; Twilight Night; The Peaceful Western Wind; Laughing Song; Spring, the sweet spring; Cupid; Cradle Song; Immortality; The Hills.
Delius: Durch den Waid, Sonnenscheinlied, Fruhlingsanbruch, Her den
Sonnensfhein, Ave Maria, On Craig Ddu, The splendour falls on castle walls,
Midsummer Song, Wander’s Song.

Two songs to be sung of a summer night on the water (No.1 without words and No. 2 with tenor solo)
Supported by the John Ireland Charitable Trust


Mark Bebbington, piano

London Pieces (Chelsea Reach; Ragamuffin; Soho Forehoons)
Supported by the John Ireland Charitable Trust


Mark Bebbington, piano

Sarnia (Le Catioroc; In a May Morning; Song of the Springtides)
Sea Idyll
Two Pieces from A Downland Suite (Elegy; Menuet)
Greenways: Three Lyric Pieces (The Cherry Tree; Cypress; The Palm and May)
The Darkened Valley
Two Pieces (For Remembrance; Amberley Wild Brooks)
Love is a Sickness (transcribed Robert Helps)
Supported by the John Ireland Charitable Trust


Mark Bebbington, piano

Rhapsody (1915)
Two Pieces (February’s Child; Aubade)
Four Preludes (The Undertone; Obsession; The Holy Boy; Fire of Spring)
Two Pieces (April; Bergomask)
Ballade of London Nights
The Almond Trees
Three Dances (Gipsy Dance; Country Dance; Reapers’ Dance)
Prelude in E flat
First Rhapsody (1906)
Supported by the John Ireland Charitable Trust


Mark Bebbington, piano

The Towing Path
Three Pastels (The Grecian Lad; The Boy Bishop; Puck’s Birthday)
Summer Evening
Spring Will not Wait
In Those Days (Daydream; Meridian)
Merry Andrew
Leaves from a Child’s Sketchbook (By the Mere; In the Meadow; The Hunt’s Up)
Meine Seele
Epic March (premiere recording)
Month’s Mind
On a Birthday Morning
Supported by the John Ireland Charitable Trust 

“If you can resist a welling-up of tears on encountering this music, then you are a better man than I, especially given Bebbington’s fabulous feel for the harmonies and voicing of chords. Having now had the pleasure of reviewing all four of Mark Bebbington’s John Ireland discs, I congratulate him for his terrifically imaginative response to this music.”

International Record Review, February 2013

'Five-star' review: BBC Music Magazine


IRELAND: PIANO WORKS (Naxos 8.553700)

John Lenehan, Piano

In those days
Sarnia (Le Catioroc; In a May Morning; Song of the Springtides)
Prelude in E flat
London Pieces (Chelsea Reach; Ragamuffin; Soho Forehoons; Month’s Mind)


Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; John Wilson, conductor; John Lenehan, piano

Piano Concerto
First Rhapsody (1906)
Pastoral (world premiere recording)
Indian Summer (world premiere recording)
A Sea Idyll
Three Dances (Gipsy Dance; Country Dance; Reapers’ Dance)
Supported by the John Ireland Charitable Trust


Orchestra of the Swan
David Curtis, conductor 
Mark Bebbington, piano

Bax: Concertino for Piano and Orchestra 
(Premiere Recording edited and orchestrated by Graham Parlett)
Ireland: Piano Concerto
Ireland: Legend

(Albion ALBCD011)

Adrian Rowlands and Adrian Sims, pianos

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6 in E minor
(arranged for two pianos by Michael Mulliner; edited by Alan Rowlands)
Ireland: Prelude: The Forgotten Rite
(arranged by the composer for piano, four hands)
Ireland: Symphonic Rhapsody: Mai-Dun
(arranged by the composer for piano, four hands)
Vaughan Williams: Overture: The Wasps
(arranged by Constant Lambert for piano, four hands)


London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Richard Hickox, conductor; Roderick Elms, organ
Soloists: Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone; Paula Bott, soprano; Teresa Shaw, contralto; James Oxley, tenor

Vexilla Regis
Greater Love Hath No Man
These Things Shall Be
A London Overture
The Holy Boy
Epic March


Chamber Ensemble of London; Peter Fisher, Director/Violin; Maya Iwabuchi, violin; Peter Adams, cello

Purcell: Overture and Rondeau from Abdalazer
Darke: Fantasy in E major for String Orchestra (world premiere)
Ireland: The Holy Boy (arr. Christopher Palmer)
Farnaby: Seven Pieces for String Orchestra (world premiere)
Jenkins: Sinfonietta for Strings (world premiere)
Elgar: Elegy for Strings
Arnold: Concerto for Two Violins and String Orchestra
Fisher: Variations on Widecombe Fair in the style of Pagannini (world premiere)


The Trust is registered as a charity. Reg. No. 255004
Trustees: David Wordsworth, Graham Parlett, Simon Wright.

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