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‘The Balmoral Suite’ a new collection of works performed by Old Stopfordian John Turner (OS 1961) and The Manchester Sinfonia


Prima Facie has released a new collection of works performed by Old Stopfordian John Turner (recorder) and The Manchester Sinfonia.  All tracks were recorded at St. Thomas’ Church Stockport.

The collection is a pastiche of Scottish folk music with the occasional modernist twist and includes the title work “Balmoral Suite” by Robin Stevens plus works by Peter Hope, John Golland, Anthony Hedges, Nicholas Marshall, Colin Hand, David Beck, Elis Pekhonen and Wilfred Heaton.

John Turner (OS 1961) is one of the leading recorder players of today.  He was a Senior Scholar in Law at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge before pursuing a legal career, acting for many distinguished musicians and musical organisations, alongside his many musical activities.  These include numerous appearances and recordings with David Munrow’s Early Music Consort of London, the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the English Baroque Soloists.  He has played as recorder soloist with the Hallé Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Manchester Camerata, the English Baroque Soloists and many other leading orchestras and ensembles.  Concertos and works with orchestra have been written for him by Gordon Crosse, Anthony Gilbert, Peter Hope, Kenneth Leighton, Elis Pehkonen, Alan Bullard, John Casken, and many other distinguished composers.

John’s recordings include five sets of the Brandenburg Concertos and numerous acclaimed recordings, including four solo concerto discs, all of which have received critical acclaim.  In the last few years John has played globally and given many recitals on Radio 3 with pianist Peter Lawson.  He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Northern College of Music in 2002 for his services to British music, and is a Visiting Distinguished Scholar of Manchester University.