‘Tis The Season with Darroll Barry

Although it is difficult to believe after the ‘drought’ conditions we are have been having locally, the last weekend was spent recording the first of a number of projects in preparation for Christmas!

The forthcoming Christmas CD by the Middleton Band features music exclusively by Salford born composer Darroll Barry. In 1978 he enrolled on the band musicianship course at Salford University and went on to study with Joseph Horovitz at the Royal College of Music in London.  

He now resides and works in Oman with his wife Rachael and is employed by the Royal Guard of Oman as Resident Composer and Arranger, a job which keeps him very busy writing and arranging music for all occasions and different combinations including bands, pipes and bands, fanfare teams and big band.

The CD will be available in the autumn but to learn more about this successful band visit their website at www.middletonband.com

Super Review

We are delighted with the latest review on the 4bars rest website of John Lee’s solo CD with the girls from ‘Boobs and Brass’, “Whatever It Takes”.

It reinforces the aims of the project, raising money for the charity Breast Cancer Campaign with every penny from the sales going directly to the charity. To date in excess of £60,000 has been raised for the charity with almost a quarter of that money from the CD sales alone.

The review concludes, ‘The transcriptions and arrangements are played with a fine sense of informed style by John (as well as a great bit of playing from Carol Jarvis on trombone) and the band accompaniment is delicate and well balanced – helped by quality producing from the MHP sound guys.‘ 

To learn more about the girls from ‘Boobs and Brass’ visit them at their website at www.boobsandbrass.com.

You can read the full review here, www.4barsrest.com/reviews/cds/cd450.asp

If you have not yet bought the CD you can buy one here by sending a cheque for £11 payable to Boobs & Brass and this includes  the  postage and packing.