£9250 raised for Breast Cancer Campaign from sales of ‘Whatever it Takes’

‘Whatever it Takes’ MHP 709

You may recall back in October last year we told you about our work on ‘Whatever it Takes’, the solo album of flugel player John Lee with the girls from ‘Boobs and Brass’.

We are delighted to report that sales of the CD have been fantastic and cheques to the value of £9250 have been sent to the Breast Cancer Campaign. This brings the total amount raised by the ‘girls’ since May 2006, following their formation and first concert,  to £54,600.

Learn more about the “Boobs and Brass” ladies at their website Boobs and Brass.  Remember, you can still purchase the CD from their website or from here at the price of £10 (£11 including postage and packing)

Launch date announced for ‘With Each Sunset’

The work has been completed on the recent recording of soprano Claire Madden with the Band of The Army Air Corps. The launch of the CD will take place on the 21st of April at the Annual Conference of the Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion being held at the Winter Gardens at Blackpool. Proceeds from the sale of the CD will be given to support the work of the Royal British Legion.

Permission to use the beautiful cover picture ‘Wiltshire Poppies’ has been generously given by Antony Spencer.

Showband shines again

14th March 2010  

In association with Richard Scott at RAS we spent two days recording with the Ashton-on Mersey Showband based in the north west. The band was formed thirty five years ago by Ernie Waites and initially based at Ashton-on-Mersey School in Sale, Cheshire where his son was a pupil.

The band is entirely self-funding and has given over £500K to UK charities and they specialise in playing their own arrangements many from the former band leader and latterly by Ivan Lewis.

The current recording will be the sixth to be completed by the band and you can learn more about them by visiting Ashton on Mersey Showband

This completes a rather busy period in the recording schedule. Hopefully we can now settle back in the studio putting these projects together!

Forces joined!

12th March 2010

‘With Each Sunset’ MHP510

In the summer of last year we completed a recording with the Band of The Army Air Corps based in Hampshire and we returned there last week to record the band with the singer Claire Madden.

The project is being undertaken by the Band on behalf of The Womens Section of the Royal British Legion and features a wide variety of music from the band together with a number of items from Claire. It is hoped the CD will be released at the end of April.

You can learn more about the band and the originators of the project at The Band of the Army Air Corps and The Royal British Legion.

‘Robin Hood’ stages a comeback!

8th March 2010

‘Robin Hood’

The weekend was spent with members of the Victorian Opera Northwest at Urmston Grammar School recording their latest venture, Macfarren’s Robin Hood.

Robin Hood was the most successful of Macfarren’s operas, being revived a year after the première production. During the late 1850’s and early 1860’s, the Robin Hood legend was a popular subject and a number of stage productions are recorded.

The current performance features a full orchestra, chorus and soloists and the successful weekend was thoroughly enjoyed by all those taking part. More information about the company can be found at Victorian Opera Northwest.

“Remembrance” The Band of the Parachute Regiment’s latest recording

4th March 2010  

“Remembrance” MHP1709

In an extremely busy start to the year we have returned from our second visit to Colchester having completed the recording aspects of two CDs which we are producing for The Band of The Parachute Regiment based at Merville Barracks in the garrison town.

The final items which have now been completed include a song written by Classic FM presenter John Brunning, entitled “When Poppies Fall”. This CD will be available for the traditional Remembrance events later this year.

The second CD features the music from the individual units who form the 16 Air Assault Brigade. Amongst others there are regiments from the Army Air Corps, the Parachute Regiment, Household Cavalry in addition to units from both Scotland and Ireland. This CD will be available in early May.

Full details of the Band can be found on the Parachute Regiment website.