‘King of Instruments; Instrument of Kings’, a new disc from EM Records, is now available. The CD – consisting entirely of World Première recordings – comprises sonatas for violin and piano by Herbert Sumsion (organist of Gloucester Cathedral from 1928 until 1967) and Harold Darke (best-known for his setting of ‘In the bleak Midwinter’), alongside the Sonata for Organ and Violin by contemporary composer Richard Pantcheff. The disc was recorded in December last year in the Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge (with its magnificent organ), by violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck and pianist/organist Duncan Honeybourne.


Please visit this page for more details of this recording, together with a full track listing.


A film overviewing the life and work of Charles Hubert Hastings Parry and exploring his works for violin and piano has just been released by EM Records. The 16-minute documentary was filmed, with the kind permission of the Hon. Laura Ponsonby and Kate and Ian Russell, in the beautiful and atmospheric surroundings of Shulbrede Priory in West Sussex, a 12th-century building that belonged to Parry’s son-in-law, Arthur Ponsonby, and which Parry himself visited frequently.


The film’s main purpose is to raise awareness of Parry’s chamber music – a genre with which he is not popularly associated – and, in particular, his works for violin and piano, which EM Records plans to record shortly and for which project we are currently fundraising. The film can be viewed using the media player below; and you can subscribe to the disc by visiting this page.

EM Records discs have been receiving glowing acclaim in the press recently, with Professor Jeremy Dibble writing in ‘Gramophone’ of our English Phantasy disc, EMR CD025: ‘The Bridge Quartet approach these pieces with a sympathetic and insightful warmth, and confirm their ambassadorial credentials for British chamber music. A lovely, radiant disc’; while William Hedley, in ‘International Record Review’, commented of ‘The Towers of Man’, EMR CD028, our recent disc of music by Francis Pott: ‘This is music of great beauty and integrity, then, and the performances fully do it justice. It would be criminal to let it pass you by’. ‘International Piano’ says of ‘An Irish Idyll’, EMR CD024: ‘Duncan Honeybourne's playing is astonishingly affectionate, yet never saccharine... [he] plays... with suave confidence’.
Further releases over the spring of this year will include ‘Dream Shadows’: a disc of Frederick Kelly’s ‘Gallipoli’ Sonata, Bax’s Second Sonata and Somervell’s beautiful and moving ‘Two Conversations About Bach’ for two violins and piano; works for cello and piano by Gurney, Scott and Ian Venables (including the world première recording of Gurney's magnificent Cello Sonata), and works for string quartet, tenor and piano by Gurney, Butterworth and Warlock from the Bridge Quartet, pianist Michael Dussek and tenor Charles Daniels.

A launch event, including a recital of Gurney’s magnificent Cello Sonata alongside works by Ian Venables given by Richard Jenkinson and Benjamin Frith, will be held on 4th May at 6.30p.m. at the Elgar Birthplace Museum. The launch is for our forthcoming EM Records disc containing the world première recording of Ivor Gurney’s substantial and important Cello Sonata, alongside Cyril Scott’s Cello Sonata and music for cello and piano by Ian Venables.


A second EM Records launch event, including a recital, will follow shortly on the heels of the aforementioned. This will take place in the Chapter House of Gloucester Cathedral on Saturday 16th May. It will include a performance of Herbert Sumsion’s Violin Sonata in E minor and Harold Darke’s Violin Sonata no.1, given by Rupert Marshall-Luck and Duncan Honeybourne.


Tickets to either event are free to Foundation subscribers and individual disc subscribers, and are otherwise priced at £10.00. They will be available from this website from 31st March (please check this page after this date for further details) and may also be obtained by post by sending a cheque, made payable to EMF Endeavours, to Em Marshall-Luck, Director, EM Records, The Red House, Lanchards Lane, Shillingstone, Blandford Forum, DT11 0QU. There is an extra charge of £1.50 if you would like tickets posted to you – otherwise they will be held at the door for collection. If booking by post, please remember to include your full details so that we can contact you if necessary.

A highly rewarding double-disc collection. Bax’s Sonata explodes with pent-up energy... Williams’s rich, expansive sound is well caught.
EMR CD007-8 | Classical Music
deeply committed and discriminating performances... Marshall-Luck’s ability to spin cantabile lines with the subtlest of phrasal inflections pays dividends.
EMR CD006 | The Strad
If in any way you like English music then this disc is a must. Even if you don’t, this disc is a must. In fact, you have little choice: buy it, please.

EMR CD005 | MusicWeb International

Whether on violin or viola, Marshall-Luck plays with ideal purity over the widest range... Matthew Rickard’s piano-playing is also impressive.
EMR CD003 | Gramophone
David Owen Norris’s performances convey exactly the sense of contained delight I’m sure Quilter would have wanted.
EMR CD002 | BBC Music Magazine
an ideal combination of enterprising programming, some impressive musical archaeology, and superb playing.
EMR CD001 | International
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