£9250 raised for Breast Cancer Campaign from sales of ‘Whatever it Takes’

‘Whatever it Takes’ MHP 709

You may recall back in October last year we told you about our work on ‘Whatever it Takes’, the solo album of flugel player John Lee with the girls from ‘Boobs and Brass’.

We are delighted to report that sales of the CD have been fantastic and cheques to the value of £9250 have been sent to the Breast Cancer Campaign. This brings the total amount raised by the ‘girls’ since May 2006, following their formation and first concert,  to £54,600.

Learn more about the “Boobs and Brass” ladies at their website Boobs and Brass.  Remember, you can still purchase the CD from their website or from here at the price of £10 (£11 including postage and packing)

Launch date announced for ‘With Each Sunset’

The work has been completed on the recent recording of soprano Claire Madden with the Band of The Army Air Corps. The launch of the CD will take place on the 21st of April at the Annual Conference of the Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion being held at the Winter Gardens at Blackpool. Proceeds from the sale of the CD will be given to support the work of the Royal British Legion.

Permission to use the beautiful cover picture ‘Wiltshire Poppies’ has been generously given by Antony Spencer.

John Lee and the girls of ‘Boobs and Brass’ are doing ‘Whatever it Takes’ for Breast Cancer Campaign

‘Whatever it takes’ MHP 709

A tremendous weekend was spent in the beautiful village of Higham Ferrers in Northamptonshire recording a solo album with John Lee, the flugel horn player of Brighouse and Rastrick Band accompanied by the girls of “Boobs and Brass”. The locally based all female brass band was formed three years ago with its principal aim being to raise money for the Breast Cancer Campaign. Since that time over £36,000 has already been raised.

The band was conducted by the renowned conductors, Richard Evans and Derek Renshaw, and on Sunday we were joined by international trombone star Carol Jarvis who wowed everybody with her rendition of the great trombone solo in the Cole Porter song “I’ve got you under my skin

The project was the idea of the Brighouse soloist who has raised all the funding and the CD will be launched at a concert at the Lighthouse Theatre Kettering on Saturday 28th of November where the Brighouse and Rastrick Band will be the guests. All the proceeds from the concert and the sale of the CDs will go to the Breast Cancer Campaign.

To learn more about the “Boobs and Brass” ladies please have a look at their website Boobs and Brass.

It is also well worth learning more about Carol Jarvis and visiting her website at Carol Jarvis.

Anniversary Concert of the Bolton Festival Choir and Orchestra now available

‘Bolton Festival Choir and Orchestra’ MHP 1409

We have finished the project recording the Anniversary Concert of the Bolton Festival Choir and Orchestra at Bolton Parish Church on Sunday 30th August and the double CD is now available.

Copies of the CD have been priced at £10 including the postage and packing and these can be obtained through the choir website Bolton Festival Choir or by contacting us here.

The next project involving an augmented choir comprising members from other Bolton based ensembles, is “Bolton at the Bridgewater” a concert at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Sunday 1st November 2009.

The programme features the choir, Bolton Symphony Orchestra and international soloists in works by Parry, Bliss and Walton.

Several anniversaries celebrated by Bolton Festival Choir and Orchestra

‘Bolton Festival Choir and Orchestra’ MHP 1409

We recorded the Anniversary Concert of the Bolton Festival Choir and Orchestra at Bolton Parish Church on Sunday 30th August. The event, conducted by John Powell, featured music in celebration of the anniversaries of Handel, Purcell, Haydn and Mendelssohn.

The highlight, for many, was a new composition by Martin Lessons entitled “Our Love Burns Still” and was commissioned by Elisabeth Tatman the chairman of the organisation to celebrate her and husband Michaels Golden Wedding.

The preparations for the concert were recorded and broadcast on Bolton FM radio and a double CD of the entire concert will be available shortly.

To learn more about the choir please visit their website at Bolton Festival Choir.

Army Air Corps soar to ‘Where Eagles Sing’ on their latest CD

‘Where Eagles Sing’ MHP 809

Where Eagles Sing is the title of the new recording from the Band of The Army Air Corps which was recorded in May and is due for release at a launch concert to be held in Salisbury in the first week of October.

The music on the CD is a broad mix of both traditional and more contemporary music and features a number of solos from these talented instrumentalists. The title number is a fine arrangement of the music of one of the brightest new talents in brass band music today, Paul Lovatt-Cooper.

For more information about the music and their new CD please visit the website at The Band of the Army Air Corps.

Scherzo Brass to launch CD at the Great Northern Brass Arts Festival

‘Scherzo Brass’ MHP1309

We have completed the work on the Scherzo Brass quartet project which was recorded in early June at the Royal Northern College of Music. The recording features music by John Golland, Peter Graham, Wilfred Heaton and Jan Kotsier

The CD will be released on the 5th of September at the Great Northern Brass Arts Festival at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.


Conductor Richard Bonynge and Victorian Opera Northwest collaborate on first recording of Wallace’s opera ‘Lurline’


We were greatly privileged to spend the weekend in the company of one of the finest operatic conductors in the world, Richard Bonynge. He was born in Australia, studied in London and has been married to the the great soprano, Dame Joan Sutherland, for over fifty years.

He was in Manchester to record the opera “Lurline” with an array of international soloists and the Victorian Opera Northwest. The company was formed in 2004 with the aim of providing recordings of forgotten operas of English composers.

The weekend was a great success and enjoyed by all those taking part; the recording will be available in the autumn.

More information about the company can be found at Victorian Opera Northwest.

‘Apex’, a new CD from Sellers International Youth Band


Apex is the title of the new CD which was recorded in February and has now been completed for the Sellers International Youth Band

This group of young musicians is based in Huddersfield and conducted by Mark Bousie, the principal euphonium of The Fairey Band.

The band has been successful both at local and national competitions, but perhaps its greatest achievement is the tremendous amounts of money it raises for charity through concert performances.

You can learn more about the organisation by visiting the band’s website Sellers International Youth Band.

Scherzo Brass, the female brass quartet record first CD

Scherzo Brass

We have spent the weekend at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester recording Scherzo Brass, a female brass quartet formed in 2006 all of whom have completed their studies recently at the RNCM.

This successful group have performed throughout the north of England and, in addition to a number of prestigious titles they have been awarded, they spend time in educational projects giving masterclasses and working as part of various outreach projects.

The CD is due for release in early September and you can learn more about the group at Scherzo Brass