Newbury composer, Fiona Bennett is making a third attempt at the Classic FM Hall of Fame this Easter. When John Suchet announced her first classical CD, ‘A Country Suite’, had reached the Top 300 in 2015, she could hardly believe her ears; she dropped her dogs’ food bowls into the sink when she heard her name on air. Her second album ‘The New Lady Radnor Suite’ was also voted into the chart over Easter 2016.
“I was over the moon to hear my music had been voted into the Top 300” she says, “to be up there with Mozart and Beethoven, not to mention many of today’s talented composers, was a real thrill. I don’t know whether I will make it into the Hall of Fame for a third year, but I am lobbying hard on Twitter and I know I have lots of wonderful supporters who have already cast their votes for both ‘A Country Suite’ and ‘The New Lady Radnor Suite’.”
Fiona put her music career on the back burner in 2006, when her younger son, Zachary, was diagnosed with autism. “He is now fifteen years old and is doing brilliantly. He has won medals in TaeKwon Do and is a very good drummer too” says his proud mum. She began composing piano music in 2011, inspired by her daily school run between Hermitage and Hampstead Norreys, the beautiful Berkshire countryside and the changing of the seasons.
How to vote for Fiona
To vote for Fiona’s two classical albums, log onto http://www.classicfm.com and go to the Hall of Fame page. Type her name into the composers’ search bar and both albums should appear in the listings and Classic FM is giving away £1000 to five random voters.
“To get into the world’s most popular classical chart not once, but twice, has been amazing” says Fiona, “if I got in a third time, it would be a dream come true!”
Good luck Fiona!
Buy the albums
‘A Country Suite’ and ‘The New Lady Radnor Suite’ are both available to download and on CD from both Amazon and iTunes.