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Em Records is seeking to raise funds necessary to record a fascinating disc of World Premier recordings of works by Norman O'Neill, Gustav Holst, Frederick Delius, Cyril Scott and Havergal Brian with the BBC Concert Orchestra and celebrated baritone Roderick Williams.


O'Neill's orchestral baritone scena 'La Belle Dame sans Merci' sets words by John Keats. First performed at the Queen's Hall in 1910. Such was its success that the work received a number of subsequent performances, and the music critic Francis Toye described the scena as "an altogether delightful piece of work, full of imagination, poetry and sensitive response to the varying atmosphere of the poem."


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A new CD 'Percy & Friends: The Music of Grainger and his Circle' will be released this month by Heritage. American pianist, Richard Masters explores the piano works of Percy Grainger and his circle – while a student at the Hoch Conservatory, Frankfurt, Grainger studied piano with James Kwast and composition with Ivan Knorr. Knorr provided a key connection to four other composition students who would eventually be known as the Frankfurt Group. The group was comprised of five English-speaking expatriates: Grainger, Norman O’Neill (1875-1934), Cyril Scott (1879-1970), Henry Balfour Gardiner (1877-1950), and Roger Quilter (1877-1953).


Roger Quilter: Summer Evening (from Three Pieces, Op. 16)

Henry Balfour Gardiner: Con brio (from Shenadoah and Other Pieces); Adagio (from Five Pieces); Gavotte (from Five Pieces)

Cyril Scott: Lento (from Two Pierrot Pieces, Op. 35); Pierrette; Cherry Ripe; Rainbow Trout

Norman O’NeillDeux Petites Pièces, Op. 27;

Frederick DeliusIn a Summer Garden (trans. Philip Heseltine)

Percy Grainger: Bridal Lullaby; Shepherd’s Hey; Colonial Song; Spoon River; The Nightingale and the Two Sisters; Scotch Strathspey and Reel


To purchase, or for more information, please visit Heritage website: https://www.heritage-records.com/shop/keyboard/heritage-keyboard/percy-friends-the-music-of-grainger-and-his-circle/


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The Cyril Scott Companion: Unity in Diversity

Edited by Desmond Scott, Lewis Foreman and Leslie De’Ath

The Boydell Press

First published 2018

Front cover image: Cyril Scott by George Hall-Neale, oil on canvas. National Portrait Gallery, London.


Cyril Scott (1879-1970) was an English composer, writer and poet. Educated at the Hoch Conservatory, Frankfurt, and a member of the well-known ‘Frankfurt Gang,’ he was a close friend of Norman O’Neill and his wife Adine who performed many of his early piano pieces. A prolific composer and professional pianist he wrote some four hundred works including symphonies, concerti, songs and operas.  A true polymath –  his books on alternative medicine, occultism and theosophy being highly successful –  he was a controversial figure in his own day and despite his early success  ( he was admired by Stravinsky, Debussy, Strauss and Percy Grainger, a life-long friend )  he was all but forgotten in his own life-time.  This Companion reflects a reviving interest in his work:  consisting of a series of contributions from specialist musicologists and other authorities and the personal reminiscences of friends and his son Desmond, it has a broad scope and is of interest to the general reader and scholar alike in bringing into focus this remarkable artist and his times. In addition there is a Catalogue of Music, Discography and Bibliography.


The book is available for purchase here.


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