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*** London 2012 mascots project ***


May 2010 saw CR Productions involved in an exciting project to launch the mascots for the

2012 London Olympics (www.ourlondon2012.com/mascots). Adam Binks was the producer of the original music by Thomas Hewitt Jones for the official launch film, which has already been viewed by countless millions across the globe. The  animated film, first seen by the public on the BBC's 'One Show', quickly became the most popular film on YouTube with 750,000 individual viewings in the first 48 hours after its launch. The story of the mascots is by renowned author Michael Morpurgo and the film was produced by Barnaby Spurrier and directed by Mario Cavalli.






*** Further 2010 Projects ***


Further projects for CR Productions in the early part of 2010 include the editing of a four-disc project entitled 'Organs of Edinburgh' for Delphian Records. Featuring over 20 organs from around the city,

and a number of renowned organists, the four discs will accompany a limited edition hard-bound book containing much information about, and photographs of, each instrument. Also for Delphian,

CR Productions has edited a disc by the Fell Clarinet Quartet entitled 'Bohemian Rhapsodies'.


In May of 2010 CR Productions has also recorded movements from a new ballet by composer 

Thomas Hewitt Jones, 'The Lady of the Lake'. These recordings will be used in live performances of the ballet by Independent Ballet Wales all across the UK during much of 2010.





*** Imogen Holst disc wins BBC Music Magazine Award ***


The 2010 BBC Music Magazine Award for best debut recording went to Imogen Holst's

String Chamber Music. Released on the Court Lane Music label, and with mastering by CR Productions the award was presented in London in April. 





*** Productive start to 2010 for CR Productions ***


CR Productions has hit the ground running in 2010 with two discs recorded by 9 January.

The two projects contain music by no fewer than 14 living composers with a substantial number of world premieres. The first of these projects, recorded at Champs Hill in Sussex, is a disc of  contemporary oboe works, recorded by James Turnbull and featuring pianist Huw Watkins and Claire Jones (harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales). The second project, recorded in the sumptuous acoustic of All Saints Church, Dulwich is a disc of contemporary cello works played by Oliver Coates. Further projects at the start of 2010 include a disc of contemporary Scottish piano trios from the Fidelio Trio and a disc of Beethoven piano sonatas from pianist David Wilde.










*** CR Productions records Thomas Hewitt Jones premieres ***


The end of the year saw CR Productions record a disc of music by the contemporary

composer Thomas Hewitt Jones for Court Lane Music. Consisting entirely of world premiere

recordings, the composer himself conducted the Court Lane Ensemble with a guest appearance

by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and their director Tim Brown. Further projects included a disc

of string quartets by Matyas Seiber played by the Edinburgh Quartet and a recording of sacred choral works by John Taverner from the Choir of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh.




*** Further firsts in a busy summer for CR Productions ***


The Summer of 2009 has been another busy one for CR Productions with a further

recording of the organ of St Albans by Tom Winpenny showcasing the music of Judith Bingham,

including the strings of the Dmitri Ensemble and their director Graham Ross. Further

highlights include a disc of premiere recordings of chamber music by Gavin Bryars, as well as a recording for London chamber choir Voce, directed by Suzi Digby.




*** CR Productions produces St Albans first recording ***


In July 2009, CR Productions produced and engineered the first recording of the recently rebuilt

organ of St Albans Cathedral in Hertfordshire. In a recital designed to show the best of this

already renowned Harrison and Harrison instrument, Assistant Master of the Music and

award-winning organist Tom Winpenny, played music by Walton, Patrick Gowers,

Vierne, Healey Willan, J.S. Bach, Peter Hurford and Simon Preston.




*** Russell organ works gets 5-stars in Classic FM Magazine ***


Recorded and produced by CR Productions, the 3-disc set of the complete organ voluntaries

of William Russell has been awarded 5 stars in Classic FM Magazine's April 2009 issue. The voluntaries were recorded on the historic Bishop organ in St James's Church

in Bermondsey, London, and played by John Kitchen.




*** CR Productions produces first webcast from Bridgewater Hall ***


On 1 April 2009, CR Productions produced the first ever live internet broadcast to come from Manchester's Bridgewater Hall. Featuring violinist Simon Hewitt Jones and pianist Daniel Swain, the webcast went out live exclusively on www.simonhewittjones.com and featured music by

Stravinsky, Kreisler and Poulenc.




*** World premiere concerto recordings ***


CR Productions has just completed the production of a disc of premiere recordings

of two cello concertos by Icelandic composer Haflidi Hallgrímsson.Recorded in Edinburgh,

the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and cellist Truls Mork were directed by John Storgards.

The disc is due for release on the Ondine label in April 2009.




*** BBC Music Magazine - Instrumental Choice ***


BBC Music Magazine's chamber 'choice' of the month in February 2009 was Imogen Holst 'String Chamber Music'. Released on the Court Lane Music label and mastered by CR Productions,

the disc received an excellent 5 stars for its sound. 




*** CR Productions to attend MIDEM 2009 ***


From 18-21 January 2009, CR Productions will be attending the international music tradeshow MIDEM taking place in Cannes in the south of France.

We'd be happy to hear from and meet anyone also attending!




*** 3-disc boxed set of William Russell to be released ***


CR Productions has recently completed the production and editing of a 3-disc boxed set of the organ voluntaries of William Russell. Played by John Kitchen on the historic organ of St James's Church, Bermondsey, the project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in conjunction with the Department of Music at the University of Edinburgh. The set will be released in February 2009.









*** Laudibus disc receives 5-star review in The Telegraph ***


Laudibus's disc of Ralph Vaughan Williams's choral works has achieved a 5-star review in The Telegraph from the celebrated Vaughan Williams expert Michael Kennedy.




*** Laudibus disc named Classic FM CD of the month ***


The latest release by Laudibus - the chamber choir of the National Youth Choir GB - a disc of choral works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, has gained a coveted 'CD of the month' in Classic FM Magazine.

The disc, edited by CR Productions, contains both sacred and secular choral works centred

around his important Mass in G minor.




*** CR Productions begins webcasting ***


In October 2008, CR Productions produced its first webcast, live from LSO St Luke's in central London. A live concert by the London Contemporary Orchestra was broadcast on the 'Classical Music UK' website and was made available 'on demand' for 2 weeks using the online TV service 'Mogulus'.







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