Frederick Paul Naftel - Composer

Various Reviews


My work has received a large amount of media attention, especially following my winning of the competition to write a fanfare organised by Shell and Granada TV in 1989. As a result of this I was featured on the Granada TV programme Celebration.

Press comments have included:

"..but it was the composition Northern Lights, with its colourful scoring and almost cheeky cheerfulness which captured the first prize of £2500 for 32-year old Manchester University music graduate Frederick Naftel" - Manchester Evening News

"Naftel's opening flourish provided the best moments of the competition..."

"The contest... attracted 150 competitors from both sides of Watford, but it was Mr Naftel's percussion fanfare entitled 'Northern Lights' that took home the honours." - Macclesfield Times

"And headlining the Stockport Symphony Orchestra event alongside Chopin and Brahms, Frederick is surely destined for great things"

"Pascal's Victim is an ingenious suite of some substance, the thematic material for which is drawn from Gregorian chant, but I found this quite up-to-date and convincing aesthetically" - Brass Band World Magazine

13th September 2018 Bolton Symphony Orchestra to bring another world first to town - by Saiqa Chaudhari(Bolton News) - Musicians take to the stage today to rehearse for an epic concert featuring not only a piece of never-heard-before music but also one which is believed to be the first of its kind.

Bolton Symphony Orchestra is bringing a world first to the stage with a double concerto for two tubas and an orchestra, inspired by the dramatic landscapes of Scandinavia. From the Mountains and Fjords, a concerto for bass tuba and contrabass tuba, will be performed on September 22 at the Victoria Hall as part of the Scandinavian Scenes concert. Interest in the piece of music is already growing. It has been composed by Frederick Naftel, who said: "I do believe this is the first concerto for two tubas and two different tubas. "We have been approached by recording labels who are interested in a recorded performance." Mr Natel hopes the piece can be used by music students and professionals in their repertoire. The two soloists performing in the concert are Andy Wyatt and Mike Johnson.