New ARTIST: William Saunders

William Saunders: Organ

Polyphony Arts is delighted to welcome one of Britain’s leading young concert organists to the roster, William Saunders.

William’s imaginative programming, recordings of accessible modern English repertoire and passion for music education is ensuring that this instrument is conserved for the next generation. He regularly performs recitals at distinguished venues across the UK, Europe and North America, and leading festivals including Oundle International Festival, Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Three Choirs Festival, Kings Lynn Festival, Aldeburgh Festival and Lübecker Orgelsommer. He’s also premiered numerous works including Animal Parade by Iain Farrington, and Diptych by Dobrinka Tabakova.

William has released several critically acclaimed albums on Regent Records, including works he’s commissioned and world premiere recordings. Gramophone Magazine has praised his “rhythmic vitality” while Organists’ Review declared his playing as “flawless and so assured that one can listen in the knowledge that nothing will faze him.” In addition to these recordings, you can listen to/watch videos of William playing on his youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfROTvkQgeiFG5AfhvF-r9Q

William is also in demand as an accompanist and has worked with the Kings Voices, London Voices and Aldeburgh Voices, plus he directs a number of vocal ensembles including the Buriensi Consort and Prometheus Consort. Furthermore, he’s passionate about music education and is a consultant for the Royal College of Organists. He’s currently working with them to create quality online resources for enthusing people in different ways; the project aims to improve and increase access to the organ and its music in order to create new players and listeners, as well as provide educational materials to schools for music and the wider curriculum. 

William is currently accepting bookings for recitals. Find out more about him and the programmes he’s offering HERE

Welcome William!

new artist: Joseph TonG

Joseph Tong: Piano

Polyphony Arts is delighted to welcome one of Britain’s most in demand pianists to their roster, Joseph Tong.

Joseph Tong has established a reputation as one of the most versatile and imaginative pianists of his generation. Much in demand as a soloist, duo pianist and chamber musician, Joseph made his London Wigmore Hall debut in 1997 as winner of the Maisie Lewis Young Artists Award and now gives regular recitals throughout the UK and abroad.

His recent Sibelius recording project has seen two CDs released on the Quartz label to widespread critical acclaim. Joseph Tong has already made several concert tours to Finland, including recitals at Ainola on the composer’s original Steinway grand piano, the Sibelius Museum in Turku, the Korpo Sibelius Festival, Helsinki Music Centre (Camerata Hall) and Hämeenlinna City Hall.

Joseph Tong has a keen interest in contemporary music and has given premieres of new works in his piano duo with Waka Hasegawa, Piano 4 Hands, by composers including Dai Fujikura, Nicola LeFanu, Robert Keeley, Jonathan Powell, David Matthews, Edwin Roxburgh and the late John McCabe. Piano 4 Hands has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room on the South Bank and the Cheltenham Music Festival as well as in the USA, Germany and Japan.

As soloist, he gave the premiere of ‘The Gate of Dawn’ by Cydonie Banting at the 2018 Presteigne Festival and the chamber ensemble premiere of ‘Dolly Shot’ by Gareth Moorcraft as well as working with Huw Watkins and the Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür.

Joseph is currently accepting bookings for recitals and chamber work. Find out more about him and the programmes he’s offering here.

Welcome Joseph!

Mediatracks under new ownership

British independent production music company Mediatracks Music Ltd (Mediatracks) is passing to the new ownership of an experienced father-and-son team from 3 September 2021. 

Prominent composer and performer Steve Johnson set up Mediatracks in 1996. Fundamental to its success was the personal relationship between Steve and his wife Wendy, and the 80-90 composers who provided music to the collection. 

Steve and Wendy Johnson

Since Steve’s death in 2019, Wendy has maintained the business with the help of media consultant Dean Mahoney. This included sustaining the all-important personal relationships with the writers, many of whom have been with the company since its formation 25 years ago. These writers remain of vital importance to the company. Wendy now feels it is time to move the business forward by selling it on, and she and the new owners are united in wanting to continue the family-owned ethos established by Steve. 

“Steve was a lifelong musician with a passion for music which he brought into the business. The success of the company is due to his hard work, knowledge of the industry and his cherished relationships with the writers.   I am so happy that the new owners are a family team with a love for music, and will carry it on into the future with the same dedication and warmth that Steve brought to it throughout its first 25 years. 

“I am so grateful to Dean Mahoney who whilst running the business since Steve’s death, has not only maintained the high standard of the library but also developed it further, enhancing the work previously carried out.” – Wendy Johnson

The new owners are Andrew and William Saunders, a father and son team. Andrew is a business leader with experience developing multi-million pound businesses. He will lead on strategic development for Mediatracks. William’s experience is as a professional musician, music consultant, and as Director of Music of a large independent boarding school with a distinguished music tradition. He will bring his creative and innovative approach as well as his musical knowledge and experience. 

Andrew and William Saunders said: 

“We are very excited to be taking on Mediatracks which has so much musical heritage created by Steve Johnson. Wendy has continued this work over the last two years, and we are looking forward to building on Mediatracks reputation for producing high quality music from its excellent group of writers and composers for a wide range of global customers to meet their specific requirements.”

For further information please contact Katie Beardsworth of Polyphony Arts: katie@polyphonyarts.com