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Prima Facie is the meeting of two minds - Giles Easterbrook and Stephen Plews - both known in the music industry as champions of new music. They have produced or promoted hundreds of projects, many of which have won awards or been recognised as outstanding contributions to the arts.

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New for Christmas 2018

The Prima Facie Christmas Market; 2 CDs for only £10!

Christmas CDs

Prima Facie are pleased to present three CDs with a slightly different take on Christmas. Choose any 2 for just £10!

Buy 'A Carol for All Seasons' & 'La Nativité du Seigneur' for £10


Buy 'A Carol for All Seasons' & 'The Silver Stars at Play' for £10


Buy 'La Nativité du Seigneur' & 'The Silver Stars at Play' for £10


A Carol for All Seasons (PFCD100)

Choral and organ music by Philip Spratley: Alteri Choir (David Jones director), Ronald Frost organ

The word Carol usually means only one thing to most people, a Christmas song either sacred or secular. Many would call to mind ‘0 Come All Ye Faithful’, ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Jingle Bells’ as familiar carols. But these are a far cry from the folk carol whose origins are obscure and whose rhythms owe much to the dance. Some carols were uprooted from other times of the year and forced into the festive season. A good example is ‘The Lamb of God’ (No.17) which was given a totally inappropriate ‘Happy New Year’ refrain.

This CD contains carols for all seasons and includes some previously unpublished and unperformed material. There are some which have been neglected, and others that simply languished in long forgotten library books. Four are from manuscript copies in the Lucy Broadwood collection courtesy of English Folk Dance and Song Society.


Olivier Messiaen - La Nativité du Seigneur: Nine meditations for Organ (PFCD081)

Performed by Richard Tanner at the organ of Blackburn Cathedral

Olivier Messiaen’s monumental organ work La Nativité du Seigneur, played by Richard Tanner on the organ of Blackburn Cathedral. Composed in 1935 and published the following year, La Nativité was Messiaen’s fourth published work for organ. The nine meditations are a powerful expression of Messiaen’s devout Roman Catholic faith and reflect on Christ’s nativity both figuratively and devotionally. Each meditation is headed by carefully chosen Biblical texts that are at the heart of Messiaen’s musical creation. He prefaced the published edition with an explanatory note outlining the theological aims of the work and detailing some of the unconventional techniques, such as added note values, unusual scales and modes of limited transposition, sometimes derived from non-western music, and the organ sonorities he employed.


The Silver Stars at Play (PFCD075) £12.50

Performed by Kantos Chamber Choir, director Elspeth Slorach

"Kantos sing with passion and exuberance... 23 modern carols spread over 72 minutes represents decent value, and there’s barely a dud note in this collection" Graham Rickson, the arts desk
"A splendid album: familiar yet unpredictable, traditional yet unconventional, it breathes some badly-needed new life back into Christmas music." 5Against4.com
"If you’re looking for the perfect contemporary music stocking-filler, here it is." Christian Morris, COMPOSITION:TODAY
"... many little gems". Robert Beale, Manchester Classical Music Blog (CDs of the Year: a personal seection)
"a fine selection of contemporary carols." Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill
"A whole album of surprises." BBC Radio 3 Record Review

'The Silver Stars at Play' (PFCD075) is a collection of contemporary Christmas carols on CD, sung by Kantos Chamber Choir and directed by Elspeth Slorach. All the carols are world première recordings, and the disc includes carols by John McCabe, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sadie Harrison, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Douglas Steele and Colin Hand amongst others.

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the anatomy of melancholy CD
Mark Yeats: 'the anatomy of melancholy'

"Ian Pace is a phenomenal pianist; a man whose musicality and intellect I have admired for many years. I have heard him fearlessly play some of the most challenging music of our time with huge flair, passion, insight and musicality. I’ve been writing piano music since 1997 and over the years have built up a substantial catalogue of works, many of them hugely ambitious and virtuosic beyond normal pianistic expectations. Across the years, due to a number of factors mainly around the music’s enormous challenges, only a tiny handful of the pieces (often the least frightening and shortest of them) have been performed live, and none so far recorded. Now, for the first time in this amazing collaboration with Ian Pace I have found a pianist who not only enjoys and can meet these challenges but actually wants to perform my work because of the very nature of the music itself.

This album will be the first recorded collection of my piano works ranging from 1997 to the present day. Pieces on the album include:
‘the anatomy of melancholy’ (1998 c. 17 minutes)
‘enuma elis’ (2010 c.13 minutes)
‘ouroboros’ (2009/15 c.17 minutes)
‘the viciousness of circles’ (1998 c.10 minutes)
‘professor wingard’s nameless force’ (2010/15 c.10 minutes)
‘william mumler’s spirit photography’ (2016 c.11 minutes)

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this." Marc Yeats