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Current News

Last updated on: Tuesday 16th October 2018

Performance: Clarinet Concerto


Saturday 2nd March 2019, 7.30pm

Works:  Clarinet Concerto (Lost Lanes, Shadow Groves)

Performance: Heralds of Good Fortune


Friday 15th June 2018, 7.30pm

Premiere of theatrical version. Part of the Hertfordshire Festival of Music.

Works:  Heralds of Good Fortune

World Premiere: Erbarm’ dich mein


Sunday 27th May 2018, 3pm

Part of the Dunster Festival. Commissioned by Ian Giddons as part of the Orgelbüchlein Project.

Performance: The Heavens and the Heart


Saturday 24th March 2018, 7.30pm

Works:  The Heavens and the Heart

Performance: Prospero’s Isle


Tuesday 30th January 2018, 7pm

Works:  Prospero's Isle

Resonus Classics to record orchestral works by James Francis Brown


Posted on: Monday 22nd January 2018

In February 2018, Resonus Classics will record the Trio Concertante, Clarinet Concerto and the coral work The Heavens And The Heart. Artists will include: Catriona Scott, Gemma Rosefield, Benjamin Nabarro, Rachel Roberts and the Choir of Royal Holloway, with George Vass conducting Orchestra Nova.

Performance: The Heavens and the Heart


Saturday 9th December 2017, 7.30pm

Works:  The Heavens and the Heart

Performance: The Heavens and the Heart


Saturday 9th December 2017, 7pm

Works:  The Heavens and the Heart

Performance: String Trio


Friday 13th October 2017

Part of the William Alwyn Festival 2017.

Works:  String Trio

Performance: The Hart’s Grace


Wednesday 11th October 2017

Part of the William Alwyn Festival 2017.

Works:  The Hart’s Grace

Performance: Arioso for clarinet and piano


Friday 6th October 2017, 1.15pm

Works:  Arioso for Clarinet and Piano

Review: Prospero's Isle CD


Posted on: Saturday 15th September 2012

"Seldom does one hear new music that marries such daunting technical skill and virtuosic demands with so much ease and life-affirming joy"
Mark Lehmann, American Record Guide

View CD details and read full review...

Works:  Piano Quartet | Prospero's Isle | String Trio | Violin Sonata

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Special Projects

Hertfordshire Festival of Music

James Francis Brown is Co-Artistic Director, with conductor Tom Hammond, of The Hertfordshire Festival of Music which takes place each June and is centred on the delightful town of Hertford. The inaugural concert was held in June 2016 when violinist Tasmin Little and pianist John Lenehan gave the world premiere of The Hart’s Grace which was specially written by James for the launch of the Festival.

Festival website: www.hertsmusicfest.org.uk
Contact festival: info@hertsmusicfest.org.uk

A Wagner discovery...

In 2006-7 James reconstructed and orchestrated Wagner's comic opera Männerlist grösser als Frauenlist (Men are more Cunning than Women) from sketches discovered in 1994. The completed work was premiered in October 2007 by the South Bank Sinfonia and Royal Opera House Chorus conducted by Stephen Barlow.

Read more about how James became involved in this project and about his experiences working on it.

See details of all projects...

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