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Our outstanding music teacher, Jane Ford, has recorded the greatest piano works of one of the UK’s most respected contemporary composers for a special commemorative CD, with the endorsement of his wife.
John McCabe, who died in 2015, was responsible for more than 200 compositions and pursued a busy solo career over several decades. Mrs Ford jumped at the invitation from producer Steve Plews of record company Prima Facie to capture John’s complete works.
Described by The Times as ‘gifted’, Jane shares a joint admiration with Steve for the work of this leading British composer. She explains: “Steve and I first met last summer, so it was an honour to be asked to record John McCabe’s magnificent piano works.
“John has served as an inspiration to many, so Steve and I wanted to recognise his brilliance and decided a CD of his complete piano works would be a worthy honour. The fact John’s wife Monica was also supportive of the project was the icing on the cake.”
Monica McCabe was overwhelmed by the result, and said: “I played the CD, and I have to say I was absolutely delighted. In fact, I played it again immediately!
“There are touches in Jane’s performance that I love. Some of the interpretations are a little different from the ones I knew from John, but he was never a composer for leaning over someone’s shoulder and saying ‘it’s supposed to go like this!’. Thank you Jane and Steve for all you have done!”
Along with numerous prizes at international competitions, Jane’s extensive performing career has included performances throughout Britain and abroad. She began offering music lessons at our school 12 years ago and many of her students have gone on to receive awards too, including at the Derby Arts Festival!
John McCabe (1939-2015) CBE was a British composer and pianist. He composed works in symphonies, concertos and major ballets and also pursued a busy solo career as a pianist, making many records including the complete solo piano music of Haydn. He served as principal of the London College of Music from 1983 to 1990 www.johnmccabe.com.
The CD will be released in the New Year but keen fans can buy advance copies direct from Prima Facie’s website http://ascrecords.com/primafacie.