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!

New Team Member: Nick Cutts

Nick joined Polyphony Arts in 2021, having previously worked as General Manager for The Bach Choir. He has also worked for Milton Keynes City Orchestra, The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Universal Music Publishers, to name a few, and has gained a huge number of valuable contacts along the way. Nick gained his music degree in Bath, having previously wanted to be a trumpet player and then composer. He still does both, but in his spare time. 

Nick enjoys a wide range of music from Bach to Mendelssohn, Stravinsky to Roxanna Panufnik. When he isn’t working he likes spending time with his son and following his beloved Liverpool FC.