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.
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.
We have had a number of enquiries to our website in the last few days about the march “General Mitchell’. The march was used in the annual Whit Friday March Contest in the Saddleworth and Tameside areas by the Band of the King’s Division to display their talented playing and marching skills. A number of social media sites have shown excerpts of the band’s performances and these have prompted great interest about the origins of the march and its availability.
It was written by Robert Browne Hall, (1858-1907), better known as R.B.Hall who was a leading American composer of marching music in addition to his capabilities as a fine cornet player, conductor and teacher who seldom left his native state of Maine during his lifetime. He is perhaps better known in this country for his marches, “Death or Glory”, “Officer of the Day”and“New Colonial”.
We were fortunate to spend three days as guests of the Band last month celebrating the first anniversary of their re-role to a brass band and we were privileged to work with them to discuss microphone and recording techniques as well as capture some recent repertoire for their training and archives.
With their permission we have uploaded below their performance of the march which we recorded at that time and hope you will enjoy it.
Copies of the march parts for brass band (priced at £19.99) are available from Safe Music or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the Band of the King’s Division please visit their website.
We have spent the last three days as guests of ‘The Band of the King’s Division’, based near Preston and one of the three professional Army Brass Bands in the UK.
The Band has recently celebrated the first anniversary of their re-role to a brass band and we were privileged to work with them to discuss microphone and recording techniques as well as capture some recent repertoire for their training and archives.
We have finalised the work on the recording which we undertook in the summer featuring two original works by Captain Craig Hallatt, the former Director of Music of the the Royal Artillery Band who were based at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, London.
The Band has now relocated to Tidworth Garrison in Wiltshire as part of the restructuring of Army Music and the CD commemorates the Royal Artillery Orchestra and Band’s 252 years of history in its spiritual home of Woolwich.
Whilst Captain Hallatt and the Band were spending last Christmas in Afghanistan he composed “Alpha and Omega” for full orchestra and piano in recognition of the Band’s farewell to Woolwich. The song, ‘I Am with You’ based on the emotive words of Hannah Carpernter’s poem features the combined Woolwich and Marham Military Wives Choirs.
Copies of the CD can be purchased from our online shop.
We have received a most favourable review from the brass band website 4barsrest in respect of our recording of the Marsden Band with their latest recording, ‘Revolution’ , which celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the Yorkshire Band.
It provides some quality comments about the repertoire and the soloists and concludes, “It’s stirring stuff to bring this anniversary recording to a close for a band that will surely enjoy further success to add to its own history books in the years to come.”
The CD has also been featured in the last two weekly programmes on Manx Radio’s “Time for Brass”.
You can read the review by following this link and you may download the latest radio programme on Manx Radio.
Should you wish to buy the CD please visit our on-line shop.
The 2nd Rossendale Scout Group Band is an enterprising young organisation based in Bacup in Lancashire.
We have successfully recorded a number of CDs for the Band and one of their projects for this year was to commission a new piece of music to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The Band commissioned Dan Price the well respected composer who has recently been appointed to the teaching staff at Salford University and the basis of the music, “Flanders Fields” is a personal letter sent by the great great grandfather of a current member of the band to his son who was sent to the front at the outbreak of war.
The first performance of the work making use of narration and an element of singing was heard at a concert given by the band in May and they have now produced a film of the work which provides a uniquely moving reflection.
We were very privileged to be involved in recording both the narration and the music as our resident sound engineer is a member of the Group.