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Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Publisher: Chester Music

..What a sound. Frances-Hoad drenched each phrase in dramatic expression – wonderment and horror, principally – of the most ravishing intensity. Dissonant chords of breathtaking complexity squirmed and spun, while exposed vocal lines, pitched and balanced perfectly by this core of singers, weaved an astonishing tapestry of vocal and emotional colours. - Matthew Wright, The Arts Desk
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Career Highlights:
  • 2019 - Composer-in-Residence at Presteigne festival (with Hannah Lash)
  • 2018 Last Man Standing premiered by Marcus Farnsworth and the BBCSO with Martyn Brabbins conducting
  • 2018 - Magic Lantern Tales (Frances Hoad's 4th CD on the Champs Hill Label) released
  • 2017 - From the Beginning of the World premiered by the Cardinall's Musick at the BBC Proms
  • 2017 - Ein Feste Burg for organ commissioned by the BBC Proms, premiered by William Whitehead
  • 2016-17 - Composer-in-Residence with the London Oriana Choir
  • 2015 - Selected to feature on BBC Radio 3's Composer of the Week (Five under 35)
  • 2014 - Quark Dances toured by Rambert Dance throughout the UK (as part of The Strange Charm of Mother Nature)
  • 2012-13 - Composer-in-Residence with Rambert Dance
  • 2011 - Frances-Hoad's first CD (Glory Tree) released
  • 2010-12 - DARE Fellow in Opera Related Arts at Opera North and Leeds University (writing Amy's Last Dive, a 90 minute opera, whilst resident)
  • 2010 - Winner of two BASCA British Composer Awards (for Psalm 1 and Stolen Rhythm)
  • 2007 - Winner of the Cheltenham Festival Commission in the RPS Composition Prize, resulting in My Day in Hell being premiered by the Dante Quartet at the Cheltenham Festival
  • 2002 - Awarded the Mendelssohn Scholarship for composers
  • 1996 - Winner of the BBC Young Composer’s Competition with Concertino for cello, piano, percussion and strings

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