‘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

British Royal Tournament recording

 

 

 

The Royal Tournament  is the first, the oldest and biggest Military Tattoo in the World and has a history which goes back to 1880. Although it met its demise in 1999 it was revived in 2008 and The British Royal Tournament, as it is now known,  has been held at Earl’s Court in London over the preceding three days and boasts of being the largest display of military theatre anywhere.

This year all three of the military services were represented with spectacular displays and a substantial musical input which included the massed bands of the Grenadier, Irish and Scots Guards, The Royal Marines, the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and the US Army Europe Band. In addition, the orchestra was provided by the Band of the Royal Artillery and for the first time a CD is being produced of the musical highlights of this great event which we were asked to record.

Having spent two days at the event we will now spend some time putting together the project which should be available in early January.

 

 

 

“In Pitch Black” award

Composer Lucy Pankhurst has won the 2011 British Composer Award in the Wind Band & Brass Band category for her original composition “In Pitch Black”, the central piece of music on the Wingates Band CD “Perspectives of Pretoria” .

She was presented with the award at a prestigious event held in London this week at the Stationers Hall sponsored by the Performing Rights Society in association with BBC Radio 3.

The CD commemorates the tragic pit disaster at the Pretoria Pit in 1910 when 344 men and boys, including members of the band were killed in a massive explosion and it was brought out on the centenary of the disaster.

Copies of the CD may be purchased from Wingates Band at www.wingatesband.co.uk or from our On-Line shop.

To learn more about the award go to http://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=14342

“40 Marches Around The World” reaches Poland

Our successful CD “40 Marches Around The World” has found favour in Poland.

During the annual ‘Pro Patria’ celebrations which commemorate Independence Day throughout the country, the Polish Army Border Guard Orchestra and chorus host a large concert at the Field Cathedral. The picture shows John Kroes the Vice Chairman of the International Military Music Society presenting a copy of the CD to Brigadier Leszek Elas whose musicians took part in the recording.

Copies of the CD can be purchased from our On-line shop at www.musichouseproductions.co.uk/music_shop.html.

Clifton and Lightcliffe’s “Lost Chord”

A further release is imminent for the Christmas ‘rush’ with the the latest recording project by the Clifton and Lightcliffe Bands.

The Yorkshire based organisation releases their second CD with contributions from the Senior Band, the ‘B’ Band and some fine playing by organist Neil Taylor, the Master of the Music at Sheffield Cathedral.

Recorded in October at Brighouse Methodist Church the CD, entitled ‘The Lost Chord‘ includes a fine mix of music which will prove highly successful.

To learn about the band visit their website at www.cliftonband.co.uk.

“More Than Brass” launched

 

The Lighthouse Theatre at Kettering was the venue for the successful launch of the latest recording by the ladies of ‘Boobs and Brass’ on the 19th of November in support of the charity ‘Breast Cancer Campaign”.

A packed audience heard the band, conducted by John Hudson, playing a number of items from their latest CD “More Than Brass” and they were joined for the evening by Peterborough’s new women’s barbershop chorus, “Rhapsody” and local performer Jon Baish.

Sales of the CD were reported as being ‘very brisk’ and you can obtain your copy by visiting our On-Line Shop or via the band’s website, http://www.boobsandbrass.com.

“The Path To Peace”

Our few days in beautiful Suffolk in early August has come to fruition with the completion of the recording project with the Royal Signals Northern Band.

Although based in Darlington the band completed the recording during their annual summer training course whilst based with the RAF at Honington in Suffolk.

The title of the CD “The Path to Peace” is taken from one of the recorded items written by Alex Knox and featuring Musician Mark Bonham on soprano saxophone.

You can learn more about the band at http://www.army.mod.uk/signals/display/19377.aspx