NO MAN'S LAND
Prima Facie Records recorded a CD of works by David Heyes, founder of Recital Music, on 3/4 January 2017. The recording took place at St Mary's School in Shaftesbury and Village Studios in Templecombe featuring double bassists David Heyes, Gemma Ashcroft, Joe Prindl, Josie Jobbins and Alexander Heather alongside soprano Sarah Poole and pianist Derek Harris. A varied and diverse programme of works composed between 2014-16 will include works which have been performed in eight countries to date (UK, USA, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Venezuala, Mexico, Czech Republic), and emphasise the lyrical and sonorous qualities of the double bass within a modern but accessible idiom.
The CD is named after a work David composed in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.

NEW RECORDINGS
We are very pleased to hear that David Daly, Principal Bass of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, is recording two works from the RM catalogue. Both are associated with the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic in 2012 and David's great-uncle Eugene survived the disaster, hence his interest. Erin's Lament is a traditional Irish melody arranged for double bass and strings (or piano) by Ian Pillow and was played in Southampton and Cherbourg by David Daly, two of the ports where the Titanic visited. 15th April 2012 by Irish composer John Kinsella is for unaccompanied double bass and was commissioned and premiered by David - the date marks the sinking of the Titanic.
RM536 Ian Pillow - Erin's Lament for double bass & piano
RM672 John Kinsella - 15th April 2012 for unaccompanied double bass

Dan Styffe (Norwegian Chamber Orchestra/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra) has recorded two works from our catalogue for contra classics (www.contraclassics.com), available now as downloads.
RM753 Simon Garcia - Three Dances for unaccompanied double bass
RM769  Bernard Salles - Two for Three for cello & double bass with Oystein Birkeland

In December 2016 Dan Styffe  recorded John Alexander's the intelligent hand for unaccompanied double bass (RM497) for Prima Facie Records.

Venezuelan bassist Diego Zecharies, now resident in Spain, has recorded a number of Recital Music publications including Di-Ba-Dum (Teppo Hauta-aho), The Transience of Life (Simon Garcia), Concertino No.1 (Simon Garcia), Californian Duett (Simon Garcia) and The Origins (Simon Garcia). The programme notes for the CD have been written by David Heyes.

YOUNG COMPOSERS COMPETITION
Recital Music recently launched a competition aimed at school age composers living or studying in Great Britain. Organised as part of the Wells Double Bass Weekend (22-23 September), the competition includes two categories (up to age 14 / 15-18 years)  and  asks composers to write a work for unaccompanied double bass lasting no more than 3 minutes. A minimum of five pieces will be selected for performance on Sunday 23 September, each successful composer receiving £25, with the overall winner, selected on the day by the audience, receiving a further £25. David Heyes (UK/Director), Emma Sullivan (Australia) and May Halyburton (Scotland) will judge the preliminary round. There is no entry fee and the deadline is 1 August 2018. Please contact Recital Music (doublebass@tiscali.co.uk) for more details.

MODERN PREMIERE OF DRAGONETTI CONCERTO                                                 After almost two centuries of neglect 
Domenico Dragonetti’s Concerto in C major for double bass and chamber orchestra will receive it’s first modern performance in February 2018. Scored for 2 oboes, 2 horns and strings, the three movement work is charming and accessible, written in the orchestral register of the instrument, and is a useful addition to the intermediate concerto repertoire. The score and parts will be available as a download only and the edition for double bass and piano [RM346], edited by David Heyes, is available from our website.

2017 - A REMARKABLE YEAR
2017 has been an exceptional year for David Heyes, founder of Recital Music, with performances of his music in many countries, the release of his CD ’No Man’s Land’ by Prima Facie Records, culminating in becoming a D’Addario Performance Artist - only the 61st classical double bassist to be selected. In 2017 David’s music was played in Britain, America, Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic, Malta, Australia and Brazil, to name but a few, taking the tally to 15 countries in four years.
‘No Man’s Land’ features 11 works for double bass and 2 songs for soprano and piano, including a number of works inspired by the centenary of the start of the First World War, and was released in December 2017. In February David was a Featured Composer at Galicia Graves Competition & Festival in Spain and returns as a guest soloist and tutor in March 2018. In July he recorded works by Teppo Hauta-aho in Oslo, also for Prima Facie Records, alongside several of his own pieces for the CD ‘Typically Teppo’ which will be released in 2018.
David’s final composition of 2017 was ‘I Saw a Stable’ for unaccompanied female choir. Composed on Christmas Eve, setting words by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge, it is dedicated to Dorothy Moore who was one of his school music teachers in the late 1970s and in 2018 they celebrate a 40 year friendship. ‘The Last Poppy’ received its Japanese premiere on 7 January 2018, taking the country tally to 16 countries to date, and France and Italy take the number to 18 countries with territoral premieres in July.