“The Alpha and Omega”

 

Alpha and Omega

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.

 

“Songs of Summer”

Tatton

 

The Tatton Singers is a mixed choir based in Knutsford in Cheshire and we have recorded their annual summer concert at Knutsford Methodist Church which was well received by a capacity audience on Saturday the 14th of June 2014.

The recorded programme contains a broad selection of choral music ranging from madrigals to more modern repertoire and includes a first performance of northern based composer Martin Lessons’ ‘The Mermaid’ and his recently commissioned work, ‘Songs of Summer’.

The CD will be available in late July and to learn more about The Tatton Singers  visit their website.

125 Years of Marsden Silver Prize Band

Marsden front cover

We have completed the work on the latest recording project by the Marsden Silver Prize Band who celebrate their 125th anniversary this year.

The album includes some fine soloist contributions and features a newly commissioned work, ‘Revolution’, from which the CD takes its title.

The recording will be launched at their 125th Anniversary Concert which will be held at St Bartholomews Church, Marsden on Saturday 28th of June.

You can learn more about the band by visiting their website and you may buy the CD from the band or from our on-line shop.

125th Anniversary recording with Marsden

Marsden Band
The Marsden Silver Prize Band, based in Huddersfield, celebrates its 125th Anniversary this year and as part of the celebrations we have spent three days recording their latest CD.

The recording project includes, amongst others, a newly commissioned piece of music, “Revolution” written by Andrew Stevenson, some fine solo playing and two fine test pieces, Thomas Keighley’s “Lorenzo” and Eric Ball’s “Kingdom Triumphant”.

The CD will be launched at the Band’s Celebratory Gala Concert to be held on the 28th June 2014 at St. Bartholomews Church, Marsden.

You can learn more about the band by visiting their website or via their facebook page..

Yorkshire Evening Post Brass

YEP Brass

 

Yorkshire Evening Post Brass is a ten piece brass ensemble based in Allerton Bywater, near Leeds. They were formed in 2002 following the local brass band with the same name being disbanded.

They play a varied repertoire of music ranging from jazz, swing, pop and rock right through to chamber music, classics and opera and perform regularly at functions throughout Yorkshire and further afield.

We recently completed a recording with the group which will be used for promotional purposes by them and you learn more by visiting their website.

 

From Fifes to Fanfares and Fame! MHP213

From fifesTo mark the 140th Anniversary of the Westhoughton based Wingates Band they have recorded their latest CD From Fifes to Fanfares and Fame!

This new album will be released as a double CD and one of the highlights on the first disk is a new piece of music by Lucy Pankhurst, Legacy, a euphonium trio featuring David Thornton, Gary Curtin and Lewis Musson, each of them a former principal euphonium player in the band.

The second disk contains a newly commissioned work for the band, Th’owfen Raconteurs (“The Storytellers of Westhougton”). Again composed by Lucy Pankhurst the work tells the story of the Wingates Band through music, song and personal accounts.

The CD will be launched at the band’s Christmas Concert which will take place on Saturday the 14th of December at Victoria Hall Bolton.

You can learn more about the band and their anniversary celebrations by visiting their website.

 

“Hodie”

Kinder 2013We have completed the artwork on the latest CD by the Kinder Children’s Choir of the High Peak.

“Hodie” (This is the Day) was recorded by our colleagues at RAS Audio in September of this year at Bollington Methodist Church in Cheshire and features, amongst other items, Benjamin Britten’s ‘A Ceremony of Carols’, an eleven movement work written by him in 1942.

The CD will be available in early December and you can learn more about the choir and their concert programme by visiting their website.

 

“From Fifes to Fanfares – and Fame!”

Wingates 1

 

“From Fifes to Fanfares – and Fame!” is the title of the latest CD we have just recorded with the Wingates Band.

The CD is a celebration of the 140 years of the existence of the famous band and is being launched in early December but the band has already produced their own video of the recording weekend which you can see here.

You can also hear the band this Saturday, 26th October 2013 at the Victoria Hall, Knowsley Street, Bolton when they will be hosting their 140th Anniversary Celebration Concert.

The concert features a number of items from their latest recording in addition to the double premiere of two commissioned pieces of music from the acclaimed composer Lucy Pankhurst.

Learn more about the band and the celebrations at their website.

“From Bible Class To World Class”

Wingates Book

As part of the ongoing ‘140th Year celebrations’ the Wingates Band has produced a beautiful commemorative book entitled “From Bible Class to World Class”  which chronicles the band’s truly compelling story, which began in the middle of Queen Victoria’s reign.

Written by the Band’s President and Trustee, David Kaye, the book is the first fully comprehensive history of the band and is the culmination of David’s hard work and research during his 20 year involvement with Wingates.

The book will be launched at the band’s 140th Anniversary Gala Concert at Bolton’s Victoria Hall on Saturday  26th of October and copies can be bought at the concert or by post priced at £12.95 +£3 post and packaging.

Learn more about the band by visiting their website.

“140 Years of Wingates Band”

Wingates Logo

We have spent an intensive weekend recording the Wingates Band who, as part of their ‘one hundred and forty year’ celebrations will be releasing a new double CD at the end of this year.

The recording features two newly commissioned works by the renowned composer Lucy Pankhurst. The first of these, ‘Legacy‘ features three of the band’s former principal euphonium players, David Thornton, Gary Curtin and Lewis Musson in an exciting and virtuosic composition.

Wingates soloists

The second, ‘Th’owfen Raconteurs‘ is a chronological musical journey and includes the spoken word depicting the life of the band from its formation in 1873 to the present day.

The first public performance of both works will take place at a special 140th Anniversary Concert which is to take place at Victoria Hall Bolton on the 26th of October. The CD is due for release in early December.

You can learn more about the band and the celebration events by visiting their website.