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.

An audience with Sally Naden at Radio Lancashire

We have spent a lovely morning at Radio Lancashire in Blackburn where Richard Evans was interviewed by presenter Sally Naden on her weekday morning show.

Among the snippets of brass band music Richard talked about his long playing and conducting career and about the forthcoming “An Audience with Richard Evans” which takes place with the 2018 National Champion Band of Great Britain, Foden’s Band at 3.30pm at Chorley Town Hall on Sunday the 17th March 2019.

The event also coincides with the release of his audio CD, Richard Evans, still beating a selection of Richard’s personal reflections of his musical life.

Copies of this CD will also be available to purchase from our on-line shop.

 

“Richard Evans still beating”- MHP316

The latest project which has been sent for manufacture is a selection of the personal reflections of the flamboyant, colourful and talented musician Richard Evans. He has for many years excelled worldwide as a successful player, teacher, conductor, adjudicator and administrator.

“Richard Evans still beating” is the newly extended autobiography which is to be published in May of this year. The excerpts in this double album recall in fascinating detail his early family life as the son of a career soldier, his introduction to musical life and his involvement as a founder member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

It goes on to recall a number of delightful tales of his experiences in Japan and many venues throughout the world where he has become such a renowned conductor, educator and ambassador. He also recounts many of his escapades touring successfully with his Leyland and BNFL Bands.

The CD itself is being launched on Sunday 17th of March 2019 when Richard joins Foden’s Band  at the Lancastrian Suite, Chorley Town Hall for An Audience with Richard Evans.

Should you be unable to attend that event you will be able to purchase the CD in our on-line shop after that date.