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.

Rushen Silver Band – MHP119

Band logo Rushen Silver Band

Despite a number of air and sea logistical problems, caused primarily by ‘Storm Erik’ we have returned from the Isle of Man having had a most enjoyable time recording with the members of the Rushen Silver Band.

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

Rushen Silver Band’s latest recording, our third joint project is a Christmas CD featuring many well known traditional numbers in addition to some exciting new music. It is scheduled for release later this year to celebrate the Band’s seventieth anniversary.

To learn more about the Band’s work please visit their website, 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.

Many thanks to all for such a pleasant, if at times frenetic, visit!

“In Celebration” Halifax Concert Band MHP218

We have completed our project with Halifax Concert Band and the CD ‘In Celebration’  is now at the manufacturing stage.

Recorded at St Mark’s Church, Siddal, Halifax in late June, during our wonderful summer, the music programme contains a varied selection of popular music. In addition there are a number of compositions by the Band’s Musical Director Christopher Binns.

The CD will be launched at a concert by the Band at St Mark’s Church on Saturday 20th October commencing at 7.30pm. If you are unable to attend the Launch Concert you will be able to purchase the CD by visiting the Band’s website.

To view the concert band and choral music of Christopher Binns please visit his website.

Halifax Concert Band MHP218

We have spent a very warm weekend recording the Halifax Concert Band in the welcoming but somewhat cooler surroundings of St Mark’s Church, Siddal, Halifax.

The Band is a full sized self supporting concert band, some forty strong with a complement of enthusiastic and competent players.

The music recorded features a number of fine compositions and arrangements by the Band’s Musical Director Christopher Binns in addition to a selection of popular marches, stage, film and television music.

We have already made a start on the editing and the final product will be available after the summer.

You can learn more about the Halifax Concert Band by visiting their website and Facebook page.

To view the concert band and choral music of Christopher Binns visit his website here.

The making of “Walking with Heroes” – MHP118

The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland are currently mid-way through their first ever National Tour marking the centenary of the end of the First World War. In February we spent a number of days in Edinburgh recording a commemorative CD with the Band which was produced in support of the Tour and all the funds raised will be donated to Poppy Scotland.

The concert tour programme features a number of items from the CD but additionally the music is supported by photographic and video footage highlighting the development of the project. This video was produced by the media staff of the Band and we are grateful for their permission to use it. You can view the video by visiting our Facebook Page.

You can learn more about the Centenary Tour by the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland here.

‘Walking with Heroes’ – The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland

Following our visit to Edinburgh at the end of February recording The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland the project is ready for manufacture.

The CD is being produced, with the aim of commemorating 100 years since the end of The Great War, and to honour those who served and is timed to co-ordinate with a tour by the Band at seven venues throughout Scotland from April to September this summer. The full details of the ‘Walking With Heroes’ tour can be found on the Poppyscotland website.

The extensive musical programme includes works by such iconic composers as Holst, Shostakovich, John Williams and Karl Jenkins and features a number of new compositions and arrangements. These include traditional Scottish fayre and feature a host of soloists; in particular the unmistakable skirl of the pipes.

If you are unable to attend the ‘Walking With Heroes Tour’  the CD is well worth a listen!

You can learn more about The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland by visiting their facebook page.