‘Reverence’ Rebecca Nelson and the Band of The Welsh Guards

In April of this year we spent four days in London with the Band of The Welsh Guards. We were based at Wellington Barracks where we recorded a number of ‘backing tracks’ with the Band for the New Zealand based professional singer Rebecca Nelson.

The talented young kiwi musician enlisted as a reservist in The Royal New Zealand Navy in 2013 to serve her country in voice as the official singer for the Royal New Zealand Navy Band. She has, in that capacity, performed throughout the world at many commemorative events. 

Rebecca has since returned to New Zealand where she has completed the vocal tracks. Next month she will release her CD ‘Reverence’, initially in New Zealand with a UK launch here in the New Year.

Proceeds from sales in New Zealand will be donated to TE KIWI MĀIA charity – The Courageous Kiwi Charitable Trust and in this country to Help for Heroes.

In all, some twenty two tracks were recorded for the album and you can learn more by keeping in touch with Rebecca’s website and through her Facebook page.

‘Christmas’ Rushen Silver Band MHP119

Front cover of the latest CD from Rushen Silver Band

Front cover picture from the latest CD from Rushen Silver Band

Our latest recording project has been completed and is now en route to the factory for manufacture.

‘Christmas’ is the brand new brass band recording by the Isle of Man based Rushen Silver Band. This is our third project with them.

We spent four days on the island in February of this year and have fond memories of our time there. Of particular interest were the logistical problems caused by ‘Storm Erik’ which, at times, caused some problems with the recording schedule!

Rushen Silver Band is based in the south of the Isle of Man and is a thriving organisation  which includes a healthy Training Band. This Band, Ballafesson Brass is validated by the Isle Of Man’s Children’s University. They are supported by an active ‘Friends Group’ an enthusiastic group of people who help to raise money and support the Band.

The CD will be launched at the Band’s 70th Anniversary Gala Concert on Saturday 19th of October 2019. On this occasion the Band will be conducted by the inimitable Richard Evans, who regularly spends time on the Island with them.

To learn more about the Band’s work please visit their website where you will be able to purchase the CD. Take some time to have a look at their informative and regular Rushen Silver Band Newsletter, indeed subscribe to it.

You can also join them on Facebook.

 

 

Leyland Band CD ‘Them Basses’

We have finished the work on the Leyland Band‘s latest CD recording ‘Them Basses’.

As the title suggests the programme features the Band’s tuba principals, Chris Doran and Bill Carter in fine solo performances of an eclectic mix of works ranging from Sandy Blair’s Tijuana Tuba to Leslie Condon’s wonderful ‘Celestial Morn’. The music of Paul Lovatt Cooper is also featured in his beautiful ‘Song for the Skies’

In addition the soloists are joined by colleagues Iain Fieldhouse and Colin Doran in quartet performances by Eric Ball through to a fine arrangement of Mozart’s ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’!

The CD will be launched at the Band’s Matinee Concert at the Lancastrian Suite at Chorley Town Hall on Sunday 22nd of September.

To hear a sample you can listen to the title track here, Getty Huffine’s march ‘Them Basses’, arranged by the Band’s musical director, Thomas Wyss.

“Them Basses” with Leyland Band MHP419

We have spent three days this week in a beautiful part of sunny Lancashire recording their latest and our second CD project with the Leyland Band.

As the title implies this latest venture features their tuba section. In addition to a fine selection of solos from the band’s Principals Chris Doran and Bill Carter, there are four excellent and varied tuba quartets.

The CD will be launched at Leyland’s Matinee concert at the Lancastrian Suite, Chorley Town Hall on the 23rd of September 2019. This event falls between their forthcoming appearances at the British Open Championships in Birmingham and the National Brass Band Championships in London.

You can learn more about the band by visiting their website and Facebook pages.

Recording session with Leyland Band

“Shining Sword” MHP219 launched

“Shining Sword” the CD recording by the Band of The Household Cavalry was officially launched on Thursday 27th June when the Band of The Household Cavalry  played at The Guards’ Chapel on Birdcage Walk in London. The concert of music by English composers was part of the Household Division Music Festival 2019.

Full details of all this season’s and many other similar concerts and recitals can be found at https://www.householddivision.org.uk/guards-chapel-recitals

The CD is the first recording by the Band for some ten years and features the premiere symphonic wind band recording of Edward Gregson’s ‘Variations on Laudate Dominum’. Additionally there are substantive works by English composers Philip Sparke and Nigel Hess 

We have received a number of enquiries on our website about the availability of this excellent recording. You can now purchase the CD or download single or all twenty tracks via iTunes Download and Apple Music. The full track list and order details can be found by following the link https://www.householddivision.org.uk/music-hcav

 

Shining Sword The Band of The Household Cavalry CD

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‘Shining Sword’ The Band of The Household Cavalry MHP219

Shining Sword The Band of The Household Cavalry recording

We have completed our work with ‘The Band of The Household Cavalry’ and the project is now in the process of manufacture and available for release at the end of the month..

Their new CD, ‘Shining Sword’ is the first recording by the Band for some ten years and features the premiere symphonic wind band recording of Edward Gregson’sVariations on Laudate Dominum’. This extended version of the work is arranged by Rob Wiffin, presently the Professor of Conducting at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall London.

Other substantive works by English composers Philip Sparke and Nigel Hess are also included in this eclectic programme of music.

Amongst the more traditional military fayre, selected highlights include the ‘Fanfare for a Royal Wedding’. This music was written for the occasion of the Queen’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie’s wedding in October 2018 by the Band’s current Director of Music, Major Justin Matthews. By way of musical contrast, ‘Godspeed’ is exciting and innovative music by the critically acclaimed American composer Stephen Melillo.

You can learn more about the Band’s activities here or by visiting their Facebook Page.

Recording with Leyland Band

Recording with Leyland Band

We have spent the weekend recording with Leyland Band at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.

The Band was established in 1946 in the heart of industrial Lancashire as the Leyland Motors Band. It took its name from the world famous truck and bus company and has seen considerable success in recent years. That success continues as they have recently qualified for the finals of the National Brass Band Championships

This recording is on behalf of the Swiss music publisher musikverlag frank  and the recorded samples will shortly be available on the publisher’s website.

We look forward to being with Leyland Band again in the early summer when we will be recording their new CD project.

You can learn the latest news about Leyland Band by visiting their website and Facebook page.

The Band of The Household Cavalry – MHP219

We have been back with the military this week, in Windsor and The Band of The Household Cavalry who are based at Cumbermere Barracks in a beautiful part of the town. The Band was formed in September 2014 by the union of the two mounted bands; The Life Guards and The Blues & Royals. The band is the largest symphonic wind band in the British Army and famous for its mounted capability.

They have recorded their first CD for over ten years and in addition to some traditional regimental music they include some fine instrumental aspects featuring the music of Philip Sparke.

Perhaps the highlight of the project is the first wind band recording of Edward Gregson’s extended work ‘Variations on Laudate Dominum’, arranged by Rob Wiffin presently Professor of Conducting at the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall.

The CD is due for release in the early part of the summer and you can learn more about the Band here and on their Facebook page.

 

 

 

Rebecca Nelson and The Band of the Welsh Guards

Rebecca Nelson and the Band of The Welsh Guards

We have spent the earlier part of this week recording at Wellington Barracks in London, the home of ‘The Bands of the Guards Division‘ in the company of Rebecca Nelson and the Band of The Welsh Guards.

Rebecca, from Christchurch New Zealand, has been a reservist and a member of the Royal New Zealand Navy Band since 2013 and has performed with them and as a solo artist around the world in support of many military commemorative events. These have included many such events in this country including at Highgrove House, the home of His Royal Highness Prince Charles.

She has been planning her latest album since performing with The Band of the Welsh Guards at a St David’s Day Concert in London last year and we have recorded some twenty two tracks for the album which you can learn more of by keeping in touch with Rebecca’s website and through her Facebook page.

Rebecca is off home to New Zealand on Sunday in preparation for Anzac Day later this month and undertaking further work on her latest project.

You can learn more about The Band of the Welsh Guards here.

“Richard Evans still beating” is here!

The long awaited audio CD double album of the recollections of the flamboyant Richard Evans has arrived!

You will be able to hear Richard personally tomorrow at 3.30pm at Chorley Town Hall. He features in An Audience with Richard Evans” where  he shares a life of musical memories supported by the 2018 National Champion Band of Great Britain, the Foden’s Band.

This event is in support of the Band’s efforts to raise £20,000 to enable them to compete in Palanga, Lithuania where they will represent England at the 2020 European Brass Band Championships.

‘Richard Evans still beating’ is also available to purchase from our on line shop.