“The Band of the King’s Division”

Kings Division logoWe have spent the last three days as guests of ‘The Band of the King’s Division’, based near Preston and one of the three professional Army Brass Bands in the UK.

The Band has recently celebrated the first anniversary of their re-role to a brass band and we were privileged to work with them to discuss microphone and recording techniques as well as capture some recent repertoire for their training and archives.

You can learn more about the Band by visiting their website and establish where they will be performing public concerts by visiting their Facebook page.

 

The Music of Craig Hallatt

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We have finalised the work on the recording which we undertook in the summer featuring two original works by Captain Craig Hallatt, the former Director of Music of the the Royal Artillery Band who were based at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, London.

The Band has now relocated to Tidworth Garrison in Wiltshire as part of the restructuring of Army Music and the CD commemorates the Royal Artillery Orchestra and Band’s 252 years of history in its spiritual home of Woolwich.

Whilst Captain Hallatt and the Band were spending last Christmas in Afghanistan he composed “Alpha and Omega” for full orchestra and piano in recognition of  the Band’s farewell to Woolwich. The song, ‘I Am with You’  based on the emotive words of Hannah Carpernter’s poem features the combined Woolwich and Marham Military Wives Choirs.

Copies of the CD can be purchased from our online shop.

 

 

 

‘Reflections’

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In collaboration with Kirklees Music, we have completed the work with the Clifton and Lightcliffe Bands and produced their latest double CD featuring both the bands from the organisation.

The CD will be available in time for Christmas and you can obtain copies from the band or via our online shop.

You can learn about the work of the Clifton and Lightcliffe Band by visiting their website.

 

We have spent the weekend in the company of the members of the Clifton and Lightcliffe Band, at the famous Brighouse and Rastrick bandroom, recording their latest CD.

The organisation, based in Bailiff Bridge north of Brighouse, accommodates two brass bands both of whom contributed to this latest project.

The CD, which, will be a double album, is due for release in time for Christmas.

To learn more about the bands please visit their website.

 

 

“Revolution” reviewed

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We have received a most favourable review from the brass band website 4barsrest in respect of our recording of the Marsden Band with their latest recording, ‘Revolution’ , which celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the Yorkshire Band.

It provides some quality comments about the repertoire and the soloists and concludes, It’s stirring stuff to bring this anniversary recording to a close for a band that will surely enjoy further success to add to its own history books in the years to come.”

The CD has also been featured in the last two weekly  programmes on Manx Radio’s “Time for Brass”.

You can read the review by following this link and you may download the latest radio programme on Manx Radio.

Should you wish to buy the CD please visit our on-line shop.

“In Concert” with Wakefield Met’ MHP 1512

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We have completed the work on the eagerly awaited CD from the Championship section Wakefield Metropolitan Band.

In Concert‘ is their latest project and features some fine solo contributions in addition to a challenging selection of concert items.

The CD will be available shortly and in plenty of time for the band’s annual summer tour.

You can learn more about the band by visiting their website and can purchase the CD from their website or at our On-Line Shop.

 

“Boobs and Brass” reviews

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The brass band internet site “All4 Brass” has recently reviewed our two CDs recorded on behalf of the Northamptonshire based ladies from ‘Boobs and Brass‘ which reportedly has raised more than £20,000 for the charity Breast Cancer Campaign.

The two excellent reviews  detail the content and quality of the two recordings and conclude, “we can think of no better way to support a great group of girls and a charity that is so obviously close to their hearts, by purchasing their latest album which we know you’ll enjoy as much as we did.”

You can find the reviews at www.all4brass.com/reviews.html and you can purchase a copy from our On Line Shop at musichouseproductions.co.uk/brass_bands.html in the knowledge that every penny raised from the sales goes to the charity.

“Hear My Song”

Phil Kelsall

Blackpool Tower’s Ballroom is home to what must be the most famous and most played Wurlitzer in the world and Phil Kelsall has now completed 36 years at the Tower. In 1977 Ernest Broadbent the then Tower organist, retired and Phil was the obvious choice as the new principal resident organist, a position he has held ever since.

In conjunction with RAS Audio we have just completed the latest of Phil’s CDs, Hear My Song” which is due for release later this month.

You can learn all about Phil at his website www.philkelsall.co.uk

“Time for Brass”

Manx Radio

An added bonus to our recent visit to the Isle of Man was an invitation to take part in presenter Ian Cottier’s weekly brass programme “Time for Brass” which features on Manx Radio.

Not only did we take part in the programme but we were asked to prepare the playlist featuring some of our own musical choices.

You can download the programme by visiting www.manxradio.com/blog.aspx?blogid=14728  and we have added this photograph of George for his many new fans on the island!

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Return to the Isle of Man

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We have spent a most enjoyable six days based at Port Erin in the Isle of Man enjoying some pleasant weather and great hospitality.

Throughout the weekend we were recording the Rushen Silver Band who are undertaking their second project with us. The music features some fine solo contributions in addition to a number of concert items and was recorded at the Castle Rushen High School in Castletown.

The anticipated release date for the CD is June and you can learn more about the band by visiting their website at www.rushensilverband.org.im/