A Glimmer of Hope

A Glimmer of Hope | album cover imageAnnie Locke’s new piano solo album.

This is an album of beautiful piano pieces that will whisk you away on a river journey, entice you into a deep forest, take you riding through Montana and exploring exotic places.

Take a listen

  1. The Story Begins (02:16)
  2. An End to Hunger, An End to War (03:28)
  3. River Story (05:08)
  4. Riding Through Montana (03:30)
  5. Deep in The Forest (03:20)
  6. A Man Called Alan (03:52)
  7. Honour – piano version (03:13)
  8. Natasha (03:29)
  9. Holiday in Shanghai (02:35)
  10. Towards The Summit (03:00)
  11. Encounter in Venice (03:38)
  12. Whatever It Takes (03:28)
  13. With No Regrets (03:08)

About the Album

This album is Annie’s first in over twenty years and her first ever solo piano album.

She has written and improvised many pieces for piano since she started composing. The tracks on this album form a spectrum from her earlier pieces to more recent ones, with plenty left over to fill quite a few more albums! She also plans to orchestrate some of the pieces later.

Detailed information on the 13 tracks can be found in the 4-page liner booklet

Annie Locke on Enlightened Piano Radio

I’m  really delighted to have been accepted to have tracks from this album played regularly on EPR (Enlightened Piano Radio).

This is a wonderful streaming radio station started and run by a co-op of like-minded composer/pianists.
For 24 hours a day it broadcasts new piano music aimed at de-cluttering the mind, lifting the spirits, and massaging the soul!

Update

Just to share with you that, in the July Top 20, I am at no.2! Thanks so much EPR. There are so many talented artists in this Top 20, as well as on the station, so do give yourself an aural treat and have a listen in.

“Here are the top 20 Enlightened Piano recordings for the month of July, as reported to The Zone Music Reporter. Well done everyone, keep up the great work!”

1) Pete Calandra The Road Home
2) Annie Locke A Glimmer Of Hope
3) Merrill Collins Ethereal Escapes
4) Tom Grant Sipping Beauty
5) Lynn Tredeau Shifting Sands
6) Ken Elkinson Earth Ocean Sky
7) Rachel Lafond Wandering Soul
8) Gina Lenee’ Perkins Red Diamonds
9) Danny Wright It’s All Wright
10) Charles Denler One Drop Became An Ocean
11) Janice Lacy Sanctuary For The Soul
12) Starr Parodi The Heart Of Frida
13) Richard Dillon Land Of Nod
14) Jennifer DeFrayne Sisu
15) Rachel Currea Walking To You
16) Timothy Crane The Fall Of A Sparrow
17) Alan Storygard Jazz Meets The Classics
18) Fiona Joy Into The Mist
19) Christine Brown Seamless
20) Ryan Marvel Possibilities

If you love piano music, do listen in

Album review by Kathy Parsons

A Glimmer of Hope is British composer/pianist Annie Locke’s fourth album, but it is her first release in more than twenty years and her first solo piano collection.

The thirteen original pieces on the album range from earlier compositions up through more recent work. The music is warm and personal, and there is a comforting touch in all of the pieces.

Much of Annie’s music begins with improvisation and she retains that spontaneity and freshness in the finished work. Her classical roots are apparent in the richness of the harmonies and the beautiful flow of the melodies, and yet this music is timeless.

Annie Locke started playing the piano at the age of five and won a scholarship for lessons in secondary school, but between her father’s and her own serious health issues, she wasn’t able to devote as much time as she would have liked to her music. Despite those obstacles, she was accepted by the Royal Academy of Music in London and earned a music degree with piano and oboe as her main studies.

She didn’t start composing until after college and her discovery of the synthesizer. Her first three albums became popular relaxation music among a variety of health professionals as well as the listening public, and the music reached many countries even before the internet took off and landed in the “Top 10” Billboard charts in the USA.

The tracks

A Glimmer of Hope begins with “The Story Begins,” a colorful prelude and introductory “song without words.” “An End to Hunger, An End to War” was improvised in the first few hours of the Gulf War and reflects Annie’s emotional reaction to the unfolding events. Poignant and beautifully expressed, it’s one of the highlights of the album.

“River Story” has a peaceful grace that is almost hypnotic in its tranquility. “Riding Through Montana” suggests the vast openness of “Big Sky Country” and the majesty of the more rugged areas of the state. “Deep In the Forest” tells a fanciful story of night creatures in the deep forest who come out of hiding in the dark of night to dance until dawn. Much of the story is told from the lower half of the piano keyboard, which suggests a feeling of darkness – I really like this one!

“Honour” appeared in a more orchestrated form on an earlier album and was dedicated to the late Sir George Trevelyan. Warm and melodic with deep emotional expression, it’s another beauty.

“Natasha” elegantly conveys love and appreciation for a dear friend. “Encounter In Venice” is another favorite. It begins with sparkling broken chords that make me think of moonlight dancing on water. The second part of the piece tells a story – perhaps a meeting with a dashing stranger or a long conversation in a cafe. Whatever the actual event was, it must have been wonderful!

The album ends with “With No Regrets” – a great way to close!

Annie Locke is promising a series of solo piano albums, and I can’t wait to hear what else she has for us! I don’t recall hearing any of her previous recordings, but I really like this one! It is available from Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby. Recommended!

Kathy Parsons
MainlyPiano.com

Get a FREE track from A Glimmer of Hope album

If you would like to receive occasional news of forthcoming releases and offers, then please let me have your email address. In return I’ll give you a FREE track download – With No Regrets – from the album.

Forthcoming releases

Annie is planning to follow up this album with more piano tracks released as singles at regular intervals. to keep the music flowing out to you.

Sheet Music – your help needed!

Annie is planning gradually to introduce piano sheet music for some of the more popular tracks on A Glimmer of Hope.

If you have any favourites, that you would like to play yourself, please let us know which they are, through the Contact form and, if there are sufficient requests for those titles, we will endeavour to bring them out first. Your help is much appreciated. Thank you.

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Also check out Annie Locke’s relaxation albums:

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2 thoughts on “A Glimmer of Hope

  • 15th May 2017 at 3:24 pm
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    Dear Annie,

    Congratulations on producing such a beautiful new album. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to A Glimmer of Hope, I really love it! I have my favourite tracks..Honour-piano version, Riding Through Montana and Holiday in Shanghai and the more I listen to A Man Called Alan, the more majestic it sounds. Your music is an inspiration to me…I look forward to hearing lots more!

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  • 19th June 2017 at 12:42 pm
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    Thank you for my copy of your album – I have just listened to it all and really loved it.

    It’s difficult to have one favourite piece from your album – I was quite affected by ‘Deep in the forest’ and also ‘Towards the Summit’ sent me soaring! But each of the pieces were so different and……I thought them all really ‘full of music’ – if that means anything to you!!

    I wish you every success with ‘A Glimmer of Hope’ – you deserve it.

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