Rebecca Clarke
Rebecca Clarke
( 1886-1979)
Viola Music

Philip Dukes
Sophia Rahman
Robert Plane
Daniel Hope



Rebecca Clarke’s music is often described (along with that of Vaughan Williams) as English impressionism, but her style ranges from lush post-romantic (as in the passionate Viola Sonata, her best-known work) to the taut neo-classicism of Stravinsky (as heard in her Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale).

Hector Berlioz

BERLIOZ – Harold en Italie (arranged F.LISZT)
F.LISZT:Romance oublieeberlioz
K.ROGER: Viola Sonata

P. Dukes
P. Lane

Hector Berlioz’s Harold en Italie draws both on Byron’s Childe Harold and the composer’s own experiences in Italy as winner of the Prix de Rome. Franz Liszt’s rarely heard transcription admirably encapsulates this work’s narrative dramas and landscapes, while his meditative Romance oubliée derives from an earlier song, Oh pourquoi donc. Austrian-born Kurt Roger studied with Schoenberg, retaining his teacher’s contrapuntal tendencies while rejecting serial techniques for the lyricism which can be found in his Viola Sonata.


Arthur Benjamin

Five Negro SpiritualsArthur Benjamin Locrian
Sonatina for Viola and Piano
Pastoral Fantasy for String Quartet
Three Violin Pieces
A Tune & Variations. For Little People

Lorraine McAslan (violin)
Philip Dukes (viola)
Justin Pearson (cello)
Sophia Rahman (piano)

Rita Manning & Steve Morris (violins)
Philip Dukes (viola)
Justin Pearson (cello)

Dutton Records
CDLX 7110


Requiem and other choral worksdavid bednall

The Chamber Choir of St Mary’s Calne
Philip Dukes Viola,
David Bednall Organ
Edward Whiting Director

Regent Records

“Mixing imagination with musical traditions, David Bednall’s recently completed and extensive Requiem is one of the most enjoyable British choral works to have emerged for decades. Avoiding modern atonality, it is a score that challenges singers and fascinates the ear. The accompaniment for viola and organ is so skilfully deployed you feel it is a chamber orchestra. The girls from the Wiltshire school of St Mary’s, Calne, are superb by any standard and Bednall’s organ playing is thrilling.”
Yorkshire Post March 2010



Locrian Ensemble of London
Label: Silva Screen
Release date March 2015

wolf hall soundtrack

Wolf Hall was the most keenly anticipated BBC drama for 2015. Based on the Booker Prize-winning novels of Hilary Mantel its all-star cast includes Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy and Jonathan Pryce. The six part serial presents an intimate portrait of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s chief minister and confidante. Leading British film and TV composer Debbie Wiseman in her sixth collaboration with BAFTA Award winning director Peter Kosminsky has created a highly original score mixing Tudor instruments with modern to create the austere and vivid musical atmosphere of the time.