Psappha Commissions / Rundell, Psappha

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This album is a celebration – of endurance and persistence, of quantity and quality, of sheer bloody-minded dedication. But more than that, it’s a celebration of the future: of the search for fresh ways to express new thoughts and emotions, and of the necessity to always look forwards.

Psappha was founded in 1991 by Artistic Director Tim Williams. Such survival against the odds is a heroic achievement, but Psappha has done so much more than survive. Pandemic notwithstanding, the group is working more widely than ever through pioneering initiatives such as Composing For, which welcomes emerging composers to Psappha’s Manchester base and invites them to create works expressly for members of the group’s extended musical family. These six pieces are the tip of a mammoth iceberg, just six of the hundreds of works Psappha has commissioned over the last 30 years.

John Casken is a longtime associate, his music a fixture in Psappha’s concerts since the 1990s. Tom Coult, Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, Tom Harrold, and George Stevenson are four of the country’s brightest young composers. And then there’s the first recording of a major new work written for Psappha by Mark-Anthony Turnage, the ensemble’s Patron since 2018. Tim Williams is stepping down in 2022, but this disc isn’t the end of the story. Benjamin Powell, the group’s incoming Artistic Director, will maintain Psappha’s focus on performing and commissioning new music – and its dedication to supporting and encouraging the new voices who make it happen. Always looking forwards.

-Notes © Will Fulford-Jones

JOHN CASKEN: Winter Reels
NINFEA CRUTTWELL-READE: Patdeep Studies
TOM HARROLD: Dark Dance
MARK-ANTHONY TURNAGE: Black Milk (Live)
TOM COULT: Two Games and a Nocturne
GEORGE STEVENSON: Trees Made of Air
ALISSA FIRSOVA: Songs of the World Op. 44


Product Description:


  • Release Date: March 25, 2022


  • Catalog Number: PSA1008


  • UPC: 0658556103487


  • Label: Psappha


  • Period: 21st Century


  • Conductor: Clark Rundell


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Psappha