what’s going on

This site is the main source of information about my work and is updated regularly. There’s a list of everything published by the Fox Edition, a list of performances, musings on works-in-progress, information about my writing, including some articles that aren’t so easy to find. 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 recent premiere of my little toy piano piece, Digitalis Purpurea.

Last year saw the publication of the book about my music which Rose Dodd has been painstakingly putting together for the last three years. 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. Arnold Whittall’s review of the book is in the Summer 2017 issue of Musical Times and concludes 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.’

Not in the book, of course, is any discussion of my most 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). Ilan and the WDR Orchestra have now made a wonderful recording of the work, both of the orchestral music alone and a version with John Butcher and Thomas Lehn, and we hope that this will eventually come out on CD. Ilan also premiered the chamber orchestral Topophony with Yoni Silver and Ram Gabay with the Israel Contemporary Players on 7 January 2017.

Coming soon are new CDs: Irene Kurka’s beautiful recording of ‘Showing and Telling’ from the Too Far cycle, on Wandelweiser, and a CD of my complete clarinet music, played by Heather Roche. Also recently confirmed are a run of premieres in November in Berlin (the electric guitar quartet e-werk playing Untergrundnetz mit Sternenlicht), at November Music (Philip Thomas playing senza misura), and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (Serge Vuile with untouch-touch). As ever, I am deeply grateful to performers and promoters for making this music become a reality.

Christopher Fox, 18 June 2017