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Severe disruption to Royal Mail International Export Services

We are experiencing major delays with postal deliveries abroad. This was caused by a recent Cyber incident effecting all international parcel mail. Royal Mail are working to resolve this asap but have warned there will be delays for a few days possibly weeks yet.
We apologise for the inconvenience it causes our customers.
 

Paul Westcott

We are saddened to announce the death of Paul Westcott. He died of cancer on Christmas day, one day before his 53rd birthday.
Paul was Press Officer at Chandos Records for 25 years and was instrumental in its success.
He was much loved in the industry and by all at Chandos right up to this day and will be much remembered for his huge knowledge of music, optimism, dedication and love for the industry and those that worked within it. RIP Paul. We miss you.
Ralph Couzens, MD Chandos Records.

 

We are delighted - and extremely proud - to have been awarded Gramophone's coveted 'label of the year'. Editor Martin Cullingford writes "A commitment to the finest artists and the highest sound quality, the Colchester-based company is a shining beacon for the art of recording".

 

We are saddened to hear that the conductor Bramwell Tovey has passed away. Known for his work with Brass Bands & orchestras, he will be greatly missed.

BBC R3 Disc of the Week!

Georgia Mann enjoys Donohoe's Mendelssohn.

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Happy 85th Maestro!

Wishing maestro Neeme Järvi a happy 85th birthday.

Neeme Järvi on Chandos

Critics Circle Award

TTOTS is the joint winner for Outstanding Achievement!

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Dutilleux wins BBC Award!

SoL/Wilson win Orchestral award for third year running!

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Presto Record of Year

English Music for Strings is Presto Music's 2021 Pick

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Gramophone Awards

Peter Grimes named 'Record of the Year!'

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Sinfonia of London debut!

SoL & John Wilson make stunning Proms debut

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Recording with Sir Roger

Francesca Dego shares experiences in the Strad

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Thais wins Juno Award!

Sir Andrew Davis disc wins Best Classical Album (Vocal)

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The Prison wins a GRAMMY

Smyth premiere recording wins at March 2021 awards.

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Barry Douglas Podcast

Father-son-duo Barry & Liam start new music podcast.

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Artist in Focus
 

Peter Donohoe

Born in Manchester in 1953, Peter Donohoe CBE studied at Chetham’s School of Music and Leeds University before going on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Derek Wyndham and in Paris with Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod. He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility, and commanding technique.

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“… The JACK Quartet plays with great clarity and athleticism; and the group is wholly comfortable in any context, from hushed moments to driving climaxes and raucous special effects. Hijmans executes his concerto grosso with flair and virtuosity; and Otto renders the etudes with marvellous skill and artistry. As expected, Bermel contributes his superb fingers, wide dynamic range, and mind-blowing sonic manipulations that should not be possible on the clarinet…”

“… The JACK Quartet plays with great clarity and athleticism; and the group is wholly comfortable in any context, from hushed moments to driving climaxes and raucous special effects. Hijmans executes his concerto grosso with flair and virtuosity; and Otto renders the etudes with marvellous skill and artistry. As expected, Bermel contributes his superb fingers, wide dynamic range, and mind-blowing sonic manipulations that should not be possible on the clarinet…”

Patrick Hanudel – American Record Guide – January/February 2023

“… This sibling duo, both skilful performers with a command of this music, paired with an understandable and creative contemporary composer, have produced a unique album that deserves to be heard.”

“… This sibling duo, both skilful performers with a command of this music, paired with an understandable and creative contemporary composer, have produced a unique album that deserves to be heard.”

Jim McCutcheon – American Record Guide – January/February 2023

“… I found myself captivated for the first time ever by his performances of the two Romances. I had never before heard such thoughtful and elegant performances. This was a pleasant surprise. Very good sound.”

“… I found myself captivated for the first time ever by his performances of the two Romances. I had never before heard such thoughtful and elegant performances. This was a pleasant surprise. Very good sound.”

Joseph Magil – American Record Guide – January/February 2023

“… Van Sambeek offers a robust sound and a naturally expressive personality; and he fills each section with nimble fingers and articulation and generous phrasing and dynamics… He approaches Bach with the enthusiasm and commitment of a rock star; and his effort here is a good reminder that a lot of old music still has meaning and power.”

“… Van Sambeek offers a robust sound and a naturally expressive personality; and he fills each section with nimble fingers and articulation and generous phrasing and dynamics… He approaches Bach with the enthusiasm and commitment of a rock star; and his effort here is a good reminder that a lot of old music still has meaning and power.”

Patrick Hanudel – American Record Guide – January/February 2023

“… Adam’s fans still shouldn’t miss this – these are slick, sumptuous readings with scrumptious detail. Alpha’s sound is fantastic.”

“… Adam’s fans still shouldn’t miss this – these are slick, sumptuous readings with scrumptious detail. Alpha’s sound is fantastic.”

Nathan Faro – American Record Guide – January/February 2023

“… This smorgasbord of recorder and piano music gets off to a brilliant start with Geoffrey Poole’s varied Skally Skarekrow’s Whistling Book. Poole devised the four short movements for his son James, but he then souped up the final movement, Hailstones, to match John Turner’s virtuosity… The performance and the recording are beyond reproach. John Turner and Peter Lawson make a hugely talented team… “

“… This smorgasbord of recorder and piano music gets off to a brilliant start with Geoffrey Poole’s varied Skally Skarekrow’s Whistling Book. Poole devised the four short movements for his son James, but he then souped up the final movement, Hailstones, to match John Turner’s virtuosity… The performance and the recording are beyond reproach. John Turner and Peter Lawson make a hugely talented team… “

John France – MusicWeb-International.com – 29 January 2023

“… As ever, the brilliance of the playing makes this essential listening, the precision and attention to detail alive and exhilarating. The entire disc holds the attention, but the last movement of the Elgar, urgent and impassioned, has you on the edge of you seat: a tour de force.”

“… As ever, the brilliance of the playing makes this essential listening, the precision and attention to detail alive and exhilarating. The entire disc holds the attention, but the last movement of the Elgar, urgent and impassioned, has you on the edge of you seat: a tour de force.”

Fiona Maddocks – The Guardian – 28 January 2023

“… The performance by Dario Salvi and the freshly playing Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra has exactly those qualities that this French music needs: Esprit, charm and rhythmic verve.”

“… The performance by Dario Salvi and the freshly playing Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra has exactly those qualities that this French music needs: Esprit, charm and rhythmic verve.”

Karin Cooper – Klassik.com – 30 January 2023

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