A new RECORDING from em records
TOTAL COST: £10,500
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On this page you can read about the artists who are involved with the project: Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin); Joseph Spooner (cello); and John Andrews (conductor). If you would like to know more, you may wish to follow the links to the individual artists’ websites which are provided at the end of each biography.


Hailed by BBC Music Magazine for his “handsome tone and laser-like tuning”, and acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for the verve, commitment and intelligence of his performances, Rupert Marshall-Luck appears as soloist and recitalist at major festivals and venues throughout the UK as well as in France, Germany, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland and the USA.  His recordings have attracted glowing critical acclaim from the international musical press, including BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, International Record Review (“We have music of distinction and performances to match. A decisive view of how the structures must knit together and considerable mental stamina from both players are firmly implanted into the performances”), MusicWeb International and The Strad (“Marshall-Luck is an ideal interpreter: generously but not effusively lyrical; agile and athletic”).  A disc of John Pickard’s chamber music for Toccata Classics (TOCC 0150) was also praised by Fanfare, being highlighted as “a compact disc not to be missed”.  Future plans include the recording of a double-disc set for EM Records of the complete music for violin and piano by C. Hubert H. Parry; he will also be appearing on a disc of new works with the BBC Concert Orchestra alongside the pianist David Owen Norris and the baritone Roderick Williams, to be recorded in January 2016.


As well as his busy schedule as a soloist and chamber musician, Rupert is active as a writer and speaker on the performing aspects of music, and he has presented lecture-recitals, seminars and masterclasses at the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford, at Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and at University College London.  He is General Editor of EM Publishing, which issues scholarly-critical editions of hitherto-unpublished works by British composers; and he has edited a number of works for performance and recording, including Violin Sonatas by Bantock, Bliss, Gurney, Sacheverell Coke and Walford Davies. His edition of Elgar’s popular salon piece Salut d’Amour, which includes the first issue of Elgar’s own version for cello and piano, was recently published by G. Henle Verlag of Munich; he has also contributed to publications issued by Boosey & Hawkes.



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Joseph Spooner came to the cello indirectly, via a degree in Classics at Cambridge and a doctorate in Greek papyrology at London and Florence universities. During subsequent postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music, he embraced traditional repertoire and developed a taste for non-standard works. Since then, he has pursued a diverse career, principally as a soloist and chamber musician, and this work has taken him across the UK, from the Baltic to the Atlantic, from archives to libraries, and from the recording studio to Continental Europe, New York, Russia and Mexico. As a soloist, there have been performances of familiar and less familiar concertos (Dvořák, Leighton, Korngold, Shostakovitch, Moeran); broadcasts from his recordings on BBC Radio 3 and Radio New Zealand; and recital series featuring the complete works for the cello by Bach, Beethoven, Bloch, and the Mighty Handful. As a chamber musician, Joseph works with the Summerhayes Piano Trio and the Clifton Trio, and his work with contemporary ensembles (notably Continuum) has included performances at major festivals (among them Huddersfield), broadcasts (BBC Radio 3, Channel 4), many premières, and recordings of works by Errollyn Wallen and Roger Smalley.

Joseph’s deep delving into the cello repertoire has led to the rediscovery of unjustly neglected works. Audiences have greatly appreciated hearing this music, and critics have offered high praise for Joseph’s recordings, noting the initiative entailed and agreeing that these works – by composers as diverse as Alan Bush, Alexander Krein, Michael Balfe, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Edgar Bainton, Aaron Copland, George Dyson, and Percy Sherwood – were indeed worth rehabilitating. “Other cellists, please copy!” (International Record Review); “all the expressive power needed” (Gramophone); “superb... arresting in his commitment, his technical facility and in the rich tone he produces from his cello... could not be better” (International Record Review).

Joseph was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2012, and in 2013 was made an honorary member of the International Felix Draeseke Society. He is proud to be the dedicatee of Alwynne Pritchard’s Danaides, Errollyn Wallen’s Spirit Symphony: Speed Dating for Two Orchestras, and Martin Read’s Troper Fragment. His instrument was made by Nicholas Vuillaume in c.1865.



Described recently in the Observer as a “tremendous young conductor”, John Andrews is increasingly in demand thanks to a conducting style that combines empathy and feel for both music and musicians with an ability to communicate his ideas directly and powerfully. He is conductor-in-association of the English Symphony Orchestra, and currently works with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.

With a special affinity for Italian bel canto and the English baroque, John has conducted over 40 operas for Garsington Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera Holland Park, Stanley Hall Opera, Co-Opera and Opéra de Baugé.

Equally in demand as a choral conductor, John is Chorus Director of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and Music Director of Harpenden Choral Society and St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus. He is Music Director of Leicester Symphony Orchestra and regularly conducts the very best non-professional orchestras, including Trinity Orchestra and the Haydn Chamber Orchestra.

A powerful exponent of neglected English music, John’s 2015 plans include recordings of  Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Shakespearean music with the BBC Concert Orchestra, newly-discovered works by Sir Malcolm Sargent with the Leicester Symphony Orchestra, and joining the music team at Opera Holland Park. Beyond that, he will also be conducting two further recordings with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the première of Percy Sherwood’s Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with the English Symphony Orchestra at the English Music Festival.

As part of his commitment to education work for all ages, John has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the West End Live Festival. He lectures for the Cambridge Music Hubs programme, is currently devising a schools project with the Blackheath Conservatoire, and has lectured at the Elgar School of Music on the birth of English Opera.


John is also passionately interested in locating music in its social and historical context, He has a Cambridge doctorate on the political and religious world of eighteenth-century oratorio, writes programme articles, and has appeared on Radio 4 discussing his research on Handel’s Semele.