Over the last 10 years, The Music Room at Champs Hill, a private 160-seat concert hall in the West Sussex countryside, has become a venue of choice for recitals and chamber music, both live and for recordings. The end of 2009 brings the launch of Champs Hill Records, an independent label dedicated to recordings made at, and associated with, the hall.
Among the first releases on the label are 'Call me Flott', a collection of light-hearted songs by, among others, Britten, Barber, Poulenc, Berlin, Coward and Porter; Dame Felicity Lott, joined here by Graham Johnson, enjoys a warm association with Champs Hill - in fact, she was the artist who, in 1999, gave the inaugural recital at the hall.
The Music Room at Champs Hill, and Champs Hill Records are run as not-for-profit concerns. 'It's not about making money, it's about giving people the chance to hear some of the finest musicians in the world, and about providing a platform for some of the marvelous young instrumentalists who are on their way up. With Champs Hill Records we're also keen to present relatively little-known music that is unlikely to stand a chance with the big labels.'
Among artists who have performed or recorded at the hall are Sir Thomas Allen, Christine Brewer, Ian Bostridge, Simon Keenlyside, Viktoria Mullova, Stephen Isserlis, Raphael Wallfisch, Nikolai Demidenko, Judith Weir, Simon Callow, the Belcea Quartet, the Nash Ensemble and English Chamber Orchestra; and the diverse array of composers in the 2009 / 2010 release schedule are Bach, Dring, Elgar, Franck, Goetz, Howells, Ireland, Menotti, Messiaen, Poulenc, Rachmaninov, Schnittke, Schubert and Shostakovich; with artists including Dame Felicity Lott, Daniel Hope, Julian Lloyd Webber, John McCabe, Daniel Pailthorpe, Ittai Shapira, Conchord, Pro Arte Quartet and the Schubert Ensemble.
Alexander Van Ingen
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