We began to offer studio master FLAC downloads of our output through our online shop. Francis continued to produce, edit and master virtual services for St Mary’s in the Lace Market, and editing work continued on November Journeys: Works for brass ensemble by Paul Drayton & George Lloyd, which is now scheduled for release on 25 September 2020.
We recorded a live performance of Liszt’s Via Crucis for The Nottingham Baroque Soloists given at St Peter’s Church in Nottingham. The concert, interspersed with readings, will form the basis of a service to be broadcast by St Mary’s Church, Nottingham on their website on Good Friday.
Throughout the month, Francis, in his capacity as Assistant Director of Music, has been delivering live and pre-recorded ‘virtual’ service broadcasts for St Mary’s in the Lace Market, Nottingham’s civic church, as well as re-mastering the church’s archive of choir recordings.
We travelled to Newquay in Cornwall to finish the recording of our forthcoming release November Journeys by Abbey Brass. George Lloyd’s virtuosic Symphony No 10 will complete a programme of music for various sizes of brass ensemble by Lloyd and Cornish composer Paul Drayton. The record is expected to be released in June this year.
FS Records launched our second release, A Ceremony of Psalms. The disc contains a mixture of British music for voices, brass and organ, performed by Cornish ensembles St Mary’s Singers and Abbey Brass.and features heavily the works of Paul Drayton, including the first recording of his Three Places in Old Cornwall for trumpet and organ and his five-movement work A Ceremony of Psalms.
Recording continued for a forthcoming disc of English brass music by Paul Drayton and George Lloyd, played by professional ensemble Abbey Brass. The disc will feature several first recordings of Drayton’s music, as well as the first recording in some 30 years of Lloyd’s Symphony No. 10 ‘November Journeys’, a tour-de-force of symphonic brass writing and scored for a 13-piece ensemble that includes piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn & euphonium as well as the more usual orchestral brass instruments.
Francis provided a variety of technical support and advisory services for the extensive live-streaming operation undertaken at the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival 2019 held in Truro Cathedral.
Francis recorded the chamber choir Albarosa at their come-back concert Winter Nights on 10 May at the Collegiate Church of St Endellion in North Cornwall.
After over 12 months of work, FS Records produced its first release – an album of mostly little-known lute music from the early 16th century, played by the lutenist and lutemaker Martin Shepherd (Francis’s father). The album is available on CD and on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon Music & Google Play.