New CD recording of works for organ and soprano at Blackburn Cathedral.
Olivia Hunt and John Hosking have worked together for six years, promoting early and contemporary music with a busy concert and recording schedule throughout the UK. They have been broadcast on the BBC's Introducing scheme several times, performed solo recitals at venues such as Bristol and Truro Cathedrals, the London International Exhibition of Early Music and the Edinburgh Society of Musicians. Since 2018 they have released two CD recordings to critical acclaim.
Education has played a key part in their work, with their involvement of young people in ensembles and recordings as well as staging an opera with a community chorus.
Repertoire performed in concerts has tended to focus on early music, but has also been determined by requirements of the venue and instruments available for accompaniment. To this end, Olivia and John commissioned a new work for organ and soprano from award winning composer, Thomas Hewitt Jones. Together with works by David Briggs and John himself, they felt it would be a good opportunity to record a disc of music that hadn't yet received a commercial recording in order to promote the work of contemporary composers and demonstrate the organ as a versatile instrument able to accompany the solo voice. There is not a lot of repertoire written specifically for organ and soprano and both musicians were keen to promote an area of performance that is largely neglected.
The recording programme will also include works by Thomas Coxhead who was a chorister at Chester Cathedral with Olivia, a mass for organ, soprano and strings by Thomas Eberlin and an organ solo by each composer, demonstrating the versatility of the writing of each.
Regent Records will be undertaking the recording, with whom Olivia and John have both recorded before. The recording venue will be Blackburn Cathedral, renowned for its generous acoustics and extremely fine organ.
The largest proportion of recording costs is taken up with recording, editing and production of the CDs. The costs of the string players involved in the recording also need to be covered as well as venue hire and organ tuning.
The finished product
The final product will be launched at a concert within the locality of the Cheshire/North Wales area and available on sale at all of the major online music retailers as well as from Regent Records' own website.
Previous recordings, shown below, are available from all good record stores and on Spotify.
The two musicians are clearly in tune with one another musically
Their versatility is eclipsed only by their remarkable musicality
Isabelle Demers - Organ Professor, Baylor University, Waco, Texas