We have spent time this week with the British Army recording the music of Captain Craig Hallatt who, until recently, was the Director of Music of the Royal Artillery Band, formerly based in Woolwich in London.
Until February of this year it was one of eight State bands, based in London and of these was the oldest having the distinction of being the oldest military band in the United Kingdom in continuous service. The Royal Artillery Orchestra formed part of the band and was Britain’s first professional orchestra but following the most recent cuts to Army Music the orchestra ceased to exist in favour of ‘The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra’ with the Royal Artillery Band moving to Tidworth in Wiltshire.
Whilst Captain Hallatt and the Band were spending Christmas in Afghanistan he composed “The Alpha and Omega” for full orchestra to commemorate the Band’s farewell to Woolwich.
We also recorded his beautiful song “I am with You” with orchestra and choir, dedicated to the Woolwich Military Wives Choir.