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Current News

Last updated on: Friday 30th June 2017

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: Trio Concertante

Friday 25th August 2017, 7.45pm

Celebration concert for George Vass, Event 7 of the Presteigne Festival 2017.

Works:  Trio Concertante

Performance: Songs of Nature and Farewell


Thursday 3rd August 2017, 8.15pm

Works:  Songs of Nature and Farewell

Performance: Songs of Nature and Farewell


Monday 31st July 2017, 8pm

BIMF Gala Concert at the British Isles Music Festival.

Works:  Songs of Nature and Farewell

Composer in Residence: British Isles Music Festival


Saturday 29th July to Monday 7th August 2017

James will be working with some of the worlds most talented young musicians in workshops and performances at Charterhouse School, Surrey.

For more details visit the festival website.

Performance: Clarinet Concerto


Saturday 24th June 2017, 7.30pm

Works:  Clarinet Concerto (Lost Lanes, Shadow Groves)

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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