Recordings

Richard Thomas Foundation owns two record labels:  RTF Classical,  and Junk Ibu.

Our aim is to bring interesting and challenging pieces of contemporary music to new audiences.

RTF Classical

Gavin Higgins: Ekstasis

Gavin Higgins: Ekstasis

"the different works on this album are testament to Higgins's imaginative, wide-reaching approach to composition. Within each piece there's a darkness and murkiness. It's an arresting programme, handled with dexterity and panache by these chamber musicians" BBC Music...

Richard Rijnvos:  Riflessi

Richard Rijnvos: Riflessi

In 2007 Richard Rijnvos started a series of compositions under the collective title Riflessi. ‘Riflesso’ is Italian for sheen, reflective light of a tone different from that of its source. The Riflessi series explores the exceptional scoring of a...

Jóhann Jóhannsson: 12 Conversations with Thilo Heinzmann

Jóhann Jóhannsson: 12 Conversations with Thilo Heinzmann

We recorded this RTF commission with Echo Collective and released the recording through Deutsche Gramophone. "The Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson was known for his inventiveness in allowing music and other art forms to communicate with one another in his works....

Debussy, Fauré, Satie and Dove: Songs and Vexations

Debussy, Fauré, Satie and Dove: Songs and Vexations

Following a concert at the Purcell Room in March 2018 including a new composition by Jonathon Dove (“Letters from Claude” commissioned by RTF), we recorded soprano Claire Booth, mezzo Sue Bickley and pianist Andrew Matthews-Owen in Monmouth in late May 2018....

Charlotte Bray: Chamber and Solo Works

Charlotte Bray: Chamber and Solo Works

We recorded Charlotte’s second album in Bremen in May 2018 with the Mariani Klavierquartett, Amaryllis string quartet, and pianist Huw Watkins.  Released on 5th October 2018 with a launch concert at the Purcell Room, Southbank, London, the recording received critical...

Andrew Matthews-Owen: Music for Piano

Andrew Matthews-Owen: Music for Piano

Released in November 2017 our third classical CD features works by acclaimed composers Hannah Kendall, Joseph Phibbs, and Dobrinka Tabakova. The recording includes two RTF commissions written for the pianist Andrew Matthews-Owen:...

Ives Ensemble: Chamber Music by Laurence Crane

Ives Ensemble: Chamber Music by Laurence Crane

Our second classical CD was released in March 2017 – 9 chamber music pieces written by composer Laurence Crane between 1986 and 2016, and recorded here for the first time by the leading Netherlands contemporary music group the Ives...

Allegri Quartet: String Quartets by Alec Roth

Allegri Quartet: String Quartets by Alec Roth

March 2016 saw the release of our first classical CD – 3 quartets written by composer Alec Roth between 2010 and 2013 for the renowned Allegri Quartet, and recorded here for the first time.   Read reviews in Sunday Times ,  Music...

Junk Ibu

CPI – Alianza

CPI – Alianza

The Richard Thomas Foundation commissioned Marc Piñol and Hugo Capablanca to create a concept album – released digitally in June 2020 and on LP in September 2020 through Hivern Discs. “Alianza is a moody, emotional album that gently traverses a diverse array...

Aski: Bleke

Aski: Bleke

Aski’s debut LP “Bleke” , the first album from this enigmatic artist, is evocative and dark music reflecting this Swedish singer songwriter’s world. Aski’s song “Se” from the album is used as the soundtrack for a recent video by artists...

Joe Wulff: Ghost Under Water

Joe Wulff: Ghost Under Water

Joe Wulff’s debut LP and CD, “Ghost Under Water” portrays a heartfelt narrative of loss and love through six unforgettable songs.  With his contemporary sensibility singer-songwriter guitarist Joe also pays homage to the sounds...

Supported Recordings

Nicky Spence for Buxton Orr

Nicky Spence for Buxton Orr

Released in 2017 with the support of a grant from RTF, this CD collects the songs of Scottish composer Buxton Orr. Kate Molleson reviewing the CD in the Guardian: The influence of Buxton Orr, born in Glasgow in 1924, lives on mainly via generations of students – he...

Charlotte Bray: At the Speed of Stillness

Charlotte Bray: At the Speed of Stillness

Released in 2014 with the support of a grant from RTF, this CD is art of the NMC debut disc series. It includes a recording of the RTF commission "Yellow Leaves" a sequence of haikus based on Shakespeare's sonnets. The CD was included the Sunday Times top 100 albums...

Johnny Coppin: Borderland

Johnny Coppin: Borderland

Released in 2014 with the support of a grant from RTF, the album is a new collection of songs from England, Ireland, Wales, and the USA. Including the much requested song Homeward, plus Joseph Baker, Safe Home, and 3 songs of the 1st World War (John Condon, Dream of...

Robert Fokkens: Tracing Lines

Robert Fokkens: Tracing Lines

Released in 2014 with the support of a grant from RTF, this first recording of atmospheric chamber and solo piano works by South African composer Robert Fokkens, ranging from the abstract and universal (Nine Solitudes) to the overtly African-inspired, full of colour...

Jonathan Dove: All You Who Sleep Tonight

Jonathan Dove: All You Who Sleep Tonight

Released in 2014 with the support of a grant from RTF, this recording brings together song cycles by the leading composer Jonathan Dove. Music is performed by Andrew Matthews-Owen (piano); Claire Booth (soprano) and Nicky Spence (tenor). Review by Richard Fairman,...