From the Directors & Guests

We have a 50 year history behind us and – God willing! – multiples of 50 years ahead of us. Here we will be looking back and forward, celebrating classical music projects past and present with you.


Nostalgia for a bygone era – a selection of music for memories

Classical music creates and conjures up memories. It can trigger very personal journeys of (self-)discovery and reflection. Katey, a psychology student from the University of Surrey, shares her ‘nostalgia for a bygone era’ playlist and explains her choices. Ave Maria had to come first. Liebeslied then sets the tone for the rest of the playlist before surprising the listener with the power of brass music. Greensleeves was also a must as it is a song my dad likes very much …

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Start the day with Classical

Classical music can hugely improve wellbeing. It can set the tone for your day, help you relax when the day’s tasks are done, as well as bring energy and joy. At CRD, whilst continuing to celebrate the art form and excavate the rich stories of both well- and lesser-known classical works, we have begun working with younger listeners to understand the role classical music can play for them. Our aim is to enable all of us in the ‘business’ of …

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CRD History

A life in the ‘industry of human happiness’

It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Founding Director, and, most importantly, our father, Graham Pauncefort, who passed away on New Year’s Eve 2021, aged 81. As we look to fill industry-great boots and take CRD into its next chapter, we would like to take this opportunity to offer a personal take on a life’s work. (For a fuller write-up, we direct you to James Jolly’s obituary in Gramophone.) After meeting The Beatles pre-fame and working …

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