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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, recordings and live broadcasts thanks to the vision and generosity of David and Mary Bowerman..

Champs Hill Records, an independent label dedicated to recordings made at the hall, young artists and new or under-represented repertoire, was founded in 2010.  In 2016 the label celebrated its 100th release.

Among the first releases on the label was 'Call me Flott', a collection of light-hearted songs with Dame Felicity Lott who enjoys a warm association with Champs Hill and gave the inaugural recital at the hall.

The Music Room at Champs Hill, and Champs Hill Records are run as not-for-profit concerns. David Bowerman says "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 marvellous young performers 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, the Belcea Quartet, Ian Bostridge, Christine Brewer, Simon Callow, Nikolai Demidenko, English Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Isserlis, Simon Keenlyside, Viktoria Mullova, the Nash Ensemble, Raphael Wallfisch, and Judith Weir. Additionally, Champs Hill often hosts live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.

The array of composers represented on the label is diverse; Bach, Dring, Elgar, Esposito, Franck, Goetz, Howells, Ireland, Menotti, Messiaen, Poulenc, Rachmaninov, Rontgen, Schnittke, Schubert and Shostakovich and Thuille are just some of them. The work of contemporary composers features on numerous discs, including dedicated single-composer discs such as those of the works of Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Stephen McNeff.

Artists who have recorded for the label include the Allegri Quartet, Badke Quartet, Sophie Bevan, Mary Bevan, Katherine Broderick, Federico Colli, Alexandra Dariescu, Ivana Gavric, Thomas Gould, Sofya Gulyak, Graham Johnson, London Conchord Ensemble, Felicity Lott, Njabulo Madlala, Maximilliano Martin, Malcolm Martineau, Tom Poster, Roger Vignoles, Amanda Roocroft, Roderick Williams, David Rees-Williams the Schubert Ensemble, Ittai Shapira, Kitty Whately and Ksenija Sidorova.

The London Conchord Ensemble returns to the Music Room at Champs Hill to present a double-disc of music from Vienna including works by Beethoven, Berg, Mozart, Schoenberg, Johann Strauss II and Zemlinksy.

The ensemble says of the programming: “When compiling a collection of chamber music from Vienna, the embarrassment of riches makes it hard to find an organisational principle. It would be difficult enough to be representative, let alone comprehensive. So, we have tried to do something different. We have put together two discs, focusing upon mixed chamber music for wind, strings and piano, each of which aims to have an internal logic created by links between composers and pieces.”

Title: From Vienna: London Conchord Ensemble
Artists: London Conchord Ensemble
Composers: Beethoven, Berg, Mozart, Schoenberg, Strauss II, Zemlinsky
Repertoire: Viennese Chamber Music

Release Date: Friday 2 June 2017
Catalogue No: CHRCD115
UPC: 5060212691180

Anna Tsybuleva began studying the piano at the age of six with her mother, Svetlena Tsybuleva, later continuing her studies at the Moscow Conservatory with Ludmila Roschina, and the Basel Music Academy with Claudio Martinez.

Recent concerto appearances include with the Halle´ Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Basel Symphony and Mariinsky Orchestras.

Tsybuleva says of her passion for fantasies: “Ever since my childhood I have loved to fantasise, the absence of borders in our dreams has always appealed to me. In our mind’s eye, we can cover the whole world in the snap of a finger. I think everyone, regardless of age or profession, can at least once in a lifetime imagine themselves philosophers, able to find answers to life’s most difficult questions.”

Title: Anna Tsybuleva: Fantasien
Artists: Anna Tsybuleva piano
Composers: CPE Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms
Repertoire: Fantasies for solo piano

Release Date: Friday 02 June 2017
Catalogue No: CHRCD131
UPC: 5060212591364

Champs Hill Records, an independent label dedicated to recordings made at the hall, young artists and new or under-represented repertoire, was founded in 2010.

Click the link for details of these and many more CDs available from the Champs Hill catalogue.

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