what’s going on

This site is the main source of information about my work. It’s updated fairly regularly but things that change are not archived. There’s a list of everything published by the Fox Edition, a list of performances, musings on works-in-progress, and information about my writing, including some articles that aren’t so easy to find. I also add recordings which I hope people may find interesting, including the late Bob Gilmore’s documentary on my music, from his remarkable Tentative Affinities project.

The most exciting current news is that the book about my music which Rose Dodd has been painstakingly putting together for the last three years is finally available. Perspectives on the Music of Christopher Fox – Straight Lines in Broken Times is published by Routledge at an eye-watering price that suggests that university libraries are likely to be the book’s main purchaser, but it’s a great privilege to have my work discussed by Monty Adkins, Nikki McGavin, Stephen Chase, Bob Gilmore, Roger Heaton, Bjorn Heile, Claudia Molitor, Philip Thomas, and of course, Rose herself.

Not in the book, of course, is any discussion of my most recent music. In January Ilan Volkov conducted Topophony, with the WDR Symphony Orchestra, and Axel Dörner (trumpet) and Paul Lovens (percussion) as improvising soloists. In May 2015 Rhodri Davies had given the first performance of Topophony in the Glasgow Tectonics Festival with Ilan and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – a clip from that performance is still on the orchestra’s web-pages. The WDR performance was very different, but the idea of orchestral music as a landscape which is briefly inhabited by the improvisers does seem to work and next May Ilan and the WDR Orchestra will record the work for a CD. I have just finished a chamber orchestra Topophony which Ilan and the Israel Contemporary Players will premiere on 7 January 2017.

Other recent recording developments include a new Metier CD, with Elizabeth Hilliard singing vocal music by me (Magnification and Sea to the West), Linda Buckley, Grainne Mulvey and David Bremner; it sounds amazing. Still around are Anton Lukoszevieze’s Ergodos CD (ER18), and LP too, of my cello music – arc, re:play, Susan’s Purple, The Dark Road and a multi-track version of The Feeling of Remembering – and, on Resonus, a lovely recording by the Girls’ Choir of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, including my Edward Thomas settings, A Dream of WinterKarin de Fleyt’s magical recording of the alto flute work from my stone.wind.rain.sun cycle was released on Metier in March and Irene Kurka’s beautiful recording of ‘Showing and Telling’ from the Too Far cycle will soon be released on Wandelweiser.

Christopher Fox, 1 December 2016