60 Years on the Beat MHP516

We have completed the work with the Hereford Police Male Choir which was recorded in early February.

The choir celebrates its Diamond Jubilee this year and highlights of the celebratory events include a tour of Germany in May to sing alongside the Magdebourg Police Choir and their Diamond Jubilee Concert in Hereford Cathedral in October.

To learn more about the choir and their forthcoming concert schedule please visit their website.

The CD which contains a selection of the choit’s favourite repertoire will be available from early May.

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MHP516 Still Singing!

We returned to Hereford over the weekend to record our third album with the Hereford Police Male Choir in the impressive Hereford Shire Hall.

2017 marks the Choir’s Diamond Jubilee, a celebration of sixty years of wonderful music shared with appreciative audiences here in the UK and overseas. Their current schedule includes a number of celebratory concerts in addition to a tour to Magdeburg in Germany.

The CD will be released in April and you can learn more about the choir by visiting their website.

 

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All You Want For Christmas MHP116

bon-accord

All You Want For Christmas” is the latest CD by the Aberdeen based Bon-Accord Silver Band. The seventeen track programme contains substantial input from the senior band and contributions from the Bon-Accord Silver ‘B’ Band in addition to three joint items with the Grampian Hospitals’ Choir.

The Bon-Accord Silver Band  is the north of Scotland’s leading championship section band who undertake an extensive diary of concert and contesting performances throughout the year. More about the band can be found here.

The Grampian Hospitals’ Choir is based at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and raises money at its annual Christmas concerts in aid of CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. You can learn more about them on their website. Both organisations can also be found on facebook.

The CD will be available to purchase at the end of the month.

 

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MHP116 A ‘Bon-Accord’ Christmas

 

Bon-AccordWe have spent the weekend in Aberdeen with the north of Scotland’s leading brass band, Bon-Accord Silver Band.

We were based at the New Central Building at the Hillhead campus which forms part of the University of Aberdeen, in a most impressive part of the country.

The Christmas programme of music features an eclectic mix of seasonal fayre with contributions from the organisation’s two brass bands together a local choir.

You can learn more about the band and their latest recording by visiting their website.

 

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‘MHP416’ Deep Harmony Hymnary

Deep Harmony Hymnary

Brass band enthusiasts all over the world are aware of the name Handel Parker and, perhaps, his most famous hymn tune ‘Deep Harmony’. He was born in 1854 in Oxenhope and at the age of fourteen became the organist at Oxenhope Parish Church.

Although he was originally a flautist he became an accomplished professional musician and added the violin and trombone to his repertoire of instruments. He assisted many brass bands in the West Yorkshire area and was for over fifty years the conductor at Howarth Band.

Following his death in 1928 his family gave Joshua Duckworth, a local printer in Colne, a number of his manuscripts from which was published ‘The Deep Harmony Hymnary‘, a collection of some sixteen of his hymn tunes. ‘Deep Harmony’ was played regularly by the Black Dyke Mills Band and many more of the hymn tunes were recorded by a number of brass bands in the 1930s.

Having acquired a rare copy of the original hymnary we have recorded all of them recently with Geoffrey Proffitt as part of the celebration of the installation of the new organ at the beautiful Shore St Barnabas Church in Littleborough.

 

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“Shining Star” MHP115

Scouts 2015

The latest recording by the 2nd Rossendale Scout Group Band is shortly due to be finalised  following their recording which took place early last month.

The album which contains some nineteen Christmas tracks is due to be released on Saturday 28th November when the band takes part in the Radio Lancashire “An Intimate Christmas” programme to be recorded at the Guild Hall in Preston for broadcast on Christmas Day.

You can learn more about the Scout Group activities their Band and also place orders for the CD by visiting their website.

You may also place an order for the CD at our on-line shop here.

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‘Perseverance’ MHP215

Middleton front cover rev

We have completed the work on the latest project by Middleton Band.

‘Perseverance’ is the title of their latest CD album and, in addition to a number of traditional brass arrangements and solo items the band has undertaken a substantial work with the title name written by former band member and composer Andrew Baker.

The work, written with support from Arts Council England, was commissioned in celebration of the forthcoming 140th anniversary of the formation of the Middleton Band.

The CD will be available at the end of November and you can learn more about the band by visiting their website.

 

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‘Shining Star’ MHP115

Scout Band2We have spent the weekend recording with our friends at the 2nd Rossendale Scout Group Band based in Bacup in Lancashire. The organisation, in addition to the traditional ‘scouting’ activities, hosts no less than four brass bands ranging from a Training Band to the Silver Band which accommodates many parents and grandparents.

Their latest CD recording is a Christmas album featuring a number of the Senior Band’s soloists, a fine collection of the traditional Christmas Fayre and a contribution from the Junior Band.

The project is scheduled for completion within a month and you can learn more about the Group’s activities by visiting the 2nd Rossendale Scouts website.

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Clifton and Lightcliffe ‘live in Stresa’ MHP615

Clifton live
The Clifton and Lightcliffe Band have, over the past twelve years, undertaken ‘band tours’ throughout Europe and in the United States of America.

During August of this year the band took a party in excess of fifty to Stresa on the shores of Lake Maggiore in northern Italy close to the Swiss border where they undertook a number of concert engagements. The final concert of the tour took place at the Hotel Regina Palace in Stresa where they played to a capacity audience in the hotel’s 400 seat theatre.

We have just completed the work mastering and producing a CD of the concert recording which contains some fine concert performance items and solos.

You can learn more about the band and where to obtain a copy of this latest CD at the Clifton and Lightcliffe Band website.

 

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“Perseverance” Middleton Band

Middleton rec

 

We have spent the weekend with the members of the Middleton Band recording their latest CD.

Featured in the recording is a substantial new work, “Perseverance”,  by Andrew Baker, a good friend and former player with the band which recounts their musical history in celebration of the organisation’s forthcoming 140th anniversary.

As a part of the forthcoming celebrations there is also a fine contribution from their thirty strong enthusiastic Youth Band.

The CD will be issued later in the year and you can learn more about them by visiting the Middleton Band website.

 

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