“Sheer joy throughout” The Music of Christopher Ball

Multitalented musician Christopher Ball, who is soon to celebrate his seventieth birthday, has had no fewer than six musical careers, successively as clarinettist, orchestral conductor, recorder player, publisher, arranger and composer. He started composing in his teens, but became disillusioned with the international avant-garde style that dominated music in the 1960s and ’70s. During the last fifteen years or so, he has reemerged as a composer, and his lyrical style, reminiscent of Holst, Howells and other early 20th century giants of English music, is immediately accessible.

Musical Concepts is pleased to announce the release of two concertos by Ball. Rob Barnett of Musicweb International praised the Oboe Concerto, played by the multitalented Paul Arden-Taylor, writing that it “strides out with all the confidence of an April morning romancer. In its central movement it finds Ball