Fiona Frank, Composer

Fiona writes: "Nature is my teacher & inspiration, & I live in a place of great natural beauty, the haunt of creative Romantics of the past, like the Williams Wordsworth & Turner."

"I love writing works especially tailored for your special occasion or concert, and would be very happy to take commissions for most combinations: solo/chamber/orchestral/choral"

See below for premieres.

Brecknock Sinfonia

…a first class Orchestra for Brecon and the surrounding district; one of our local ensembles……

Chamber Music

Fiona writes:

"Chamber Music has been the most satisfying and meaningful aspect of my Music Making. I particularly love the genre of the String Quartet. I do enjoy playing in ensembles of all sizes & have lead the 'Francamente', 'Angiddy', and 'Parva Springs' String Quartets, and have played in the 'Taglionando' and other duos, and trios… It has been a joy to be able to perform my own music at various festivals and on other occasions.…"

Premieres & Performances

  • Musical self-portrait in Global Project

    Fiona's musical self-portrait, for trio of piano, viola and clarinet, as part of a global project devised by Paul Kopetz featuring 50 composers, was premiered in December 2023, in live performances by trios in Australia (Ensemble Flex), The Netherlands (Pelgrim Trio) and the USA (Lamont Trio).

  • 'Concerto Monografico' of Fiona's Chamber music

    Several of Fiona's pieces received their premieres during a concert dedicated exclusively to her music, in Tintern on 12th May 2023. Players from the St Woolos Sinfonia premiered her Oboe Quartet in its complete six-movement form, and other pieces for 'Cello Solo, Oboe and 'Cello, and String Trio.

  • Finale of Double Bass concerto

    The finale of Fiona's Double Bass concerto was premiered by the Dave Ayre Baroque Band on 9th December 2022 in Stroud.

  • Mystical Swan in Blue

    The 7-movement piano suite 'Mystical Swan in Blue' was premiered by Charles Matthews at a lunchtime concert in Rugby parish church on 8th February 2022. He gave it a second performance on 18th February in Shipston-on-Stour, and another in Henleaze, Bristol, on 17th September 2022.

  • St Woolos Sinfonia play more of the Oboe quartet

    Three movements of the oboe quartet were performed by principal players of the St Woolos Sinfonia twice in August 2021, in St Woolos Cathedral and in Newport (Pembrokeshire).

  • Piano Trio, 'Reflections on Motherhood'

    Trio Arcadia di Roma gave the premiere of the Piano Trio, 'Reflections on Motherhood', at St. Paul's within the Walls, Rome, in February 2019 and have since toured with it, giving concerts in Milan (for the Amici del Loggione alla Scala), Mantova, Rome, Pisa, Verona and Firenze. They brought it to the UK in July 2019, playing it (together with 'Bluebells' for 'cello and piano and 'Rainy Autumn Day' for violin and piano) at concerts in Bristol and in Monmouth as part of the Monmouth festival.

  • 'Equinoxe de Printemps', Concert Osmose Intermezzo 2017

    The 'cello duet, 'Equinoxe de Printemps', was played at the Concert 'Osmose Intermezzo 2017' in Evere, Brussels, in November 2017.

  • "Waters of the Wye" commissioned for River Festival

    "Waters of the Wye" (May 2016) is a piece for solo violin and light percussion (comprised of rainstick, cymbals and bodhran), written by Fiona Frank. It was played for its premiere by Fiona Frank (violin) and Nick and Ischia Day (percussion), billed as the 'Fiona Frank Trio', at Piercefield Park on Sunday 15th May. A version for clarinet was played by 'Lyrical Noise' (George Georgiou, clarinet, and Marios Nicolaou, percussion) at the inaugural concert for Donne in Musica (Cyprus) at Melina Merkouri Hall, Nicosia, on February 7th, 2017.

  • String Quartet 'Reveries on a River Journey'

    Parva Springs String Quartet performed 'Reveries on a River Journey' (St. Michaels Church, Tintern)

  • 'Nature in the Ruins' Performed in Tintern Abbey

    Fiona performed her piece for solo violin 'Nature in the Ruins' in Tintern Abbey (For a further picture, see here)

  • 'Llandenny Rhapsody' Performed in Garway Church

    'Llandenny Rhapsody' (for Violin, Viola and Strings) was performed by 'Concordia Musica', Garway Church

  • 'Llandenny Rhapsody' Premiere (Concordia Musica, Llanwarne)

    'Llandenny Rhapsody' (for Violin, Viola and Strings) Performed by 'Concordia Musica', Llanwarne Church

  • String Quartet 'Abaty Tyndyrn'

    String Quartet 'Abaty Tyndyrn' performed by Parva Springs String Quartet in Tintern

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