what’s going on

This site is the main source of information about my work, and also offers musings on works-in-progress. Here’s the cover of my new CD, Heather Roche’s wonderful recordings of eight of my clarinet works from 1980 to 2015 –  a sort of single-reed autobiography. It’s officially released in February 2018 but I already have copies if anyone is interested in a pre-release listen.

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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. 

A year ago a book about my music was published by Routledge. Perspectives on the Music of Christopher Fox – Straight Lines in Broken Times was painstakingly put together by Rose Dodd and includes 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.’

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). In May Ilan and the WDR Orchestra 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. Ilan also premiered the chamber orchestral Topophony with Yoni Silver and Ram Gabay with the Israel Contemporary Players on 7 January 2017 and conducted it again on 25 November 2017 with Ensemble Modern, Rhodri and Thomas.

In one of those coincidences that concert programming often produces, I’ve just got to the end of a run of premieres: in Berlin the electric guitar quartet e-werk played Untergrundnetz mit Sternenlicht; at November Music Philip Thomas played senza misura; at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Serge Vuille played untouch-touch; St Catharine’s College Choir sang three of my new O Antiphons in Cambridge; and in London Karin de Fleyt played Flauto inverso. As ever, I am deeply grateful to performers and promoters for turning my music into reality.

Christopher Fox, 14 December 2017

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