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Fireworks at Cremorne Gardens, Chelsea by Walter Greaves (1846-1930)
Private Collection / Photo © Bonhams, London / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67758
Recording details: July 2009
Melbourne Town Hall, Australia
Produced by Mark Edwards & Paul Spicer
Engineered by Mark Edwards & Bradley Reader
Release date: October 2010
Total duration: 1 minutes 33 seconds

'A source of perpetual admiration in this endlessly rewarding series is the sheer amount of repertoire Christopher Herrick gets through … some wonderfully entertaining highlights, some memorably revisited classics … superb playing of a truly enticing programme, a richly magnificent instrument and a top-notch recording; what more could you want?' (Gramophone)

Fanfares and Dances
2004; dedicated to Nigel Potts and Liese Leyrer

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The distinguished choral conductor Paul Spicer (b1952) is perhaps best known for his work with the Finzi Singers and the Birmingham Bach Choir, but he enjoys a growing reputation both as a composer and as a writer. His Fanfares and Dances, written in 2004, is dedicated to Nigel Potts and Liese Leyrer and was played at their wedding, which took place at St Peter’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Bay Shore, New York in October that year. Marked ‘lively and celebratory’ and characterized by colourful harmony, it alternates majestic passages in 4/4 time and dance-like ones in which the tuba stop enjoys irregular metres.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2010

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