This site is the main source of information about my work, and also offers musings on works-in-progress. The main news is that Headlong, a CD with superb performances by Heather Roche of eight of my clarinet works from 1980 to 2015 – a sort of single-reed biography – is now officially released, with a launch concert in April.
There are lists of everything published by the Fox Edition, forthcoming performances, and information about my writing, including some articles that aren’t so easy to find elsewhere. There are recordings, including the late Bob Gilmore’s documentary on my music, from his remarkable Tentative Affinities project, and links to other material, such as this YouTube clip of Xenia Pestova‘s premiere of my little toy piano piece, Digitalis Purpurea. The site is updated regularly but the topical content is not archived.
In 2016 Routledge published a book about my music, Perspectives on the Music of Christopher Fox – Straight Lines in Broken Times, painstakingly put together by Rose Dodd with discussion of my work by Monty Adkins, Nikki McGavin, Stephen Chase, Bob Gilmore, Roger Heaton, Bjorn Heile, Claudia Molitor, Philip Thomas, and of course, Rose herself. Arnold Whittall reviewed the book in the Summer 2017 issue of Musical Times and concluded that ‘Fox’s bold estrangement of the most basic elements of classical connectedness brings experimental cool into productive interchange with that modernist turbulence, and helps to highlight his skill at crossing borders considered insurmountable by more mainstream modernists.’ It’s soon to be published as a paperback at a much more affordable price – watch this space for more details.
Not in the book, of course, is anything about my more recent music, of which the Topophony works are the most substantial. Ilan Volkov has conducted three performances of the orchestral Topophony, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, and the Athens State Orchestra, with soloists Rhodri Davies (Glasgow – a clip from the BBC SSO performance is still on the orchestra’s web-pages), Axel Dörner and Paul Lovens (Cologne), and Fred Frith (Athens). Last year Ilan also premiered the chamber orchestral Topophony with Yoni Silver, Ram Gabay and the Israel Contemporary Players and conducted it again in November with Ensemble Modern, Rhodri and Thomas Lehn. Ilan and the WDR Orchestra have also made wonderful recordings, both of the orchestral music alone and a version with John Butcher and Thomas Lehn, and a CD of these WDR recordings will be released on the HatHut label in Autumn 2018.
Christopher Fox, 18 March 2018