Hors d'oeuvres
Gareth Churchill portrait album (TCR028)

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Hors d'oeuvres presents 12 solo works by composer Gareth Churchill which provides a characterful portrait of his singular voice. The three sets of pieces presented are: Elemental Studies, Compass Points, and the eponymous Hors d'oeuvres.


We're delighted to present these concentrated miniatures, written over seven-year period,  together so that their individual flavours may combine to form a veritable smorgasbord, platter or buffet for your ears. Grab a plate, amuse your bouche, and why not enjoy... an hors d'oeuvre.

Available digitally only, via most major platforms including Naxos Music Library, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, and many more!

Mae Hors d'oeuvres yn cyflwyno 12 darn solo gan gyfansoddwr Gareth Churchill sy'n arlwyo portread o'i lais unigryw. Y tri set o ddarnau ydy: Elemental Studies, Compass Points, a'r trac teitl Hors d'oeuvres.

Rydym wrth ein boddau i arddangos y gweithiau cryno miniatur, wedi'u hysgrifennu dros gyfnod o saith mlynedd, gyda'i gilydd er mwyn iddo'u 'blasau' unigol cymysgu i ffurfio rhywbeth fel smorgasbord, noe, neu fwffe ar gyfer eich clustiau. Tyrd a phlât i i chi cael amuse am eich bouche, a pham na joio... hors d'oeuvre.

Ar gael yn ddigidol yn unig, o'r prif blatfformau a mwy, yn cynnwys Naxos Music Library, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, a llawer mwy!

In the video below, Gareth takes us through some of the ideas and inspirations behind the works on the album:

Yn y fideo isod, mae Gareth yn cerdded ni trwyddo rhai o'r syniadau ac ysbrydoliaeth tu ôl y gweithiau ar yr albwm:

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1-4. Elemental Studies (2011-13) for the ‘doubling’ winds


Seascape (2011) for piccolo – Nicola Loten

Airway (2012) for bass clarinet – Sarah Watts

Earthwork (2012) for cor anglais – Hilary Stavros Ives

Firepit (2013) for contrabassoon – Stanley Kaye-Smith

5-8. Compass Points (2015-17) for the ‘orchestral’ strings


Eastcombe (2015) for viola – Philip Heyman

Westholm (2016) for ‘cello – Natalie Halliday

Nor’field (2016) for violin – Emilie Godden

Southill (2017) for contrabass – David Stark

9-12. Hors d’oeuvres (2016-18) for piano – Connor Fogel


Chiaro (Invention)

Comodo (Barcarolle)

Spigliato (Song Without Words)

Slancio (Toccata)