“On Ilkley Moor” MHP212

We have completed the work on the latest CD by the Otley Band and their ‘junior’ counterpart, Wharfe Brass.

“On Ilkley Moor”  features both bands playing an eclectic mix of concert items with the undoubted highlight being the choral item with local ladies choir, ‘Sally’s Army’ featuring the traditional Yorkshire folk song, “On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at”.

The CD will be officially launched next month at an organised event in Otley

To learn more about the bands and the ‘Otley Band Baht’at’ project please go to the band’s website at http://www.otleybrassband.co.uk/Welcome.html

York Gala Charity Concert

 

Our friends at the Royal Corps of Signals (Northern) Band have told us about a forthcoming gala charity concert which is being promoted by Rotary International at the York Barbican on Saturday the 2nd of June.

The concert features the band with their colleagues from the Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the Colne Valley Male Voice Choir in celebration of this year’s Diamond Jubilee with the proceeds being donated to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

The concert includes a special “Last Night of the Proms” finale and tickets for the event are available from the booking office at the York Barbican either by telephone, 08448542757 or through their website at www.yorkbarbican.co.uk/

A night with “Sally’s Army”.

We returned to Otley earlier this week to record the aptly named “Sally’s Army”, a recently formed ladies’ choir led by Sally Egan, who have provided us with the vocal section of the title track from Otley Brass Band’s latest CD, ‘On Ilka Moor Baht ‘at‘.

The choir and band will be appearing at a joint concert at St Paul’s Church, Shipley on the 19th of June where it is expected the CD will be released.

To learn more about the ‘Otley Band Baht’at’ project please go to their website at http://www.otleybrassband.co.uk/Welcome.html

 

“Gala Performance” MHP312

The Sheffield Recreation Band was originally formed in 1900 and since that time has been known under a number of different names each associated with the industrial city. Their latest development has been to obtain sponsorship from ‘Unite the Union’ and under its current name has re-issued one of their earlier recordings under the title “Gala Performance”.

The launch of the CD is in celebration of the Durham Miners Gala, the annual gathering held since 1871, on the second Saturday in July in the city and at its peak attended by some 300,000 people. Traditionally, banners originally representing individual lodges of the National Union of Mineworkers, were paraded by the men from the collieries led by a brass band to the racecourse where the gathering heard traditional speeches. From there they paraded through the city where a service was held at the cathedral.

In recent years there has been a substantial revival of the event making it one of the biggest political gatherings in Europe and with the demise of the mining industry many other unions from around the country have become involved in celebration of this popular event.

To learn more about the band visit their website at http://www.stocksbridgeband.co.uk/.

 

 

 

Otley Band Baht’at

We have had a great weekend of recording at the impressive Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall at Leeds University with the ‘Otley Brass Band’ and their development group, ‘Wharfe Brass’.

Centrally featured in the forthcoming CD is a new arrangement by David Lancaster of the famous Yorkshire song, ‘On Ilka Moor Baht ‘at‘. Funds have been secured through a kind donation from the “Friends of Ilkley Music Centre” to commission a Brass Band and Choral version of this musical icon of Yorkshire in order to secure its tradition and heritage.

To learn more about the bands and the ‘Otley Band Baht’at’ project please go to the band’s website at http://www.otleybrassband.co.uk/Welcome.html

‘Outstanding’ 40 Marches Around the World

We have just received the latest copy of  ‘Band International, The Journal of Military Music World-Wide’ which devotes four pages to reviewing our CD “40 Marches Around the World” . The detailed reviews have been undertaken by two eminent military musicians, Morgen Gaardbo from Denmark and Canada’s Jack Kopstein.

To say that we are delighted with the reviews would be something of an understatement but to receive comments such as ‘The recording is excellent – full sounding yet each instrument or instrument group is heard’ and then in summation  Mogens Gaardbo adds, ‘Buy it – this double album is nothing less than outstanding’ is very encouraging.

Jack Kopstein details, the artwork and the liner notes are absolutely terrific, the music was a joy to listen to’. He goes on to single out his own country’s contribution to the project, Mon Ami, and adds ‘I believe this is the finest version of the march I have ever heard’

Copies of the CD can be purchased at our shop at https://www.musichouseproductions.co.uk/military_bands_40_marches_around_the_world.html

Review of “The Path To Peace”

We have just been told about the review made by Ian Duxbury from the International Military Music Society of our recording of the Royal Signals (Northern) Band, ‘The Path To Peace.

The details will shortly be published in the Society’s magazine and he concludes “the sound is excellent and well recorded, with a detailed inlet booklet, which I always feel to be important to the purchaser. This recording is a credit to the band, and any lover of Military Band recordings should treat themselves to a copy”.

The CD is available to purchase from our on-line shop at https://www.musichouseproductions.co.uk/military_bands_the_path_to_peace.html

 

 

Time For Brass on Manx Radio

 

 

 

Two of our more recent brass CDs are to be featured in Ian Cottier’s ‘Time for Brass‘ programme on Manx Radio on Monday next 9th of January.

Four items are to be included from the “More Than Brass” CD recorded by the girls from Boobs and Brass and four items will also be included from “Where The Irwell Springs” the latest recording by the 2nd Rossendale Scout Group Band.

The hour long programme is broadcast each Monday evening at 9pm and has an international reputation being followed by brass enthusiasts worldwide and there is also the facility to listen again to the programme in the week following the broadcast.

To learn more visit http://www.manxradio.com/blog.aspx?blogid=14728

 

“Where Eagles Dare” MHP511

 

We have completed the work on the project on behalf of the Band of The Army Air Corps which was recorded in September and the album will be available in early January.

This is a double CD of music the first of which contains a fine mix of traditional military music, some fine concert works and includes an exceptional performance of Philip Sparke’s ‘Year of the Dragon’.

The second CD features a selection of the better known trumpet calls and more formal music for specific military occasions, something which will undoubtedly be popular particularly with both current and former members of the military.

To learn more about the band visit them at http://www.army.mod.uk/music/corps-band/553.aspx