Vic Hoyland

In Transit - Vixen CD Review - Music Week

In transit - Vixen

Music Week, 13th April 2002

VIC HOYLAND: In transit - Vixen BBC SO/ Brabbins (NMC D072).

As a member of the music faculty at Birmingham University. Vic Hoyland has helped nurture many young composers. His work manages to blend an enormous variety of influences with a striking individuality, powerfully so in the large-scale orchestral piece Vixen, written in 1996 for performance at the Cheltenham Festival. There is a theatrical edge to both compositions on this NMC disc, carried by Hoyland's vivid, fast-evolving melodies and uncanny sense of textural contrasts.