Middleton’s Christmas Season

All the work has been completed on the first of a number of Christmas projects with the Middleton Band’s latest CD “Tis The Season”.

The album features fourteen compositions and arrangements by Darrol Barry who is now based in Oman and works with Royal Guard of Oman as Resident Composer and Arranger. In addition to the ensemble titles there are three featured soloists including Darrol’s wife Rachael playing tenor horn in ‘A Christmas Lullaby’.

The CD will be available in September and orders can be placed at the band’s website, www.middletonband.com.

A Concert of Heavenly Harmony

We have been asked for the third time to record ‘live’ the 2010 concert given by the Bolton Festival Choir and Orchestra conducted by John Powell.

‘A Concert of Heavenly Harmony’ will be presented at Bolton Parish Church on Sunday 29th August at 7.30pm and will include Handel’s ‘Ode for St Cecilia’s Day’, Vaughan Williams’ ‘Serenade to Music’ and the first performance of John Ellis’ ‘The Mass of the Grove’.

The new work was composed by the choir’s organist/accompanist and member of the Lakeland Composers, John Ellis. This beautiful inspiring work is based on a selection of prayers and poems and was completed by John some three weeks before he lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.

To learn more about the Festival Choir and Orchestra and to order tickets for the concert visit their website at www.boltonfestivalchoir.org.uk/index.html

More information about John Ellis can be found at http://johnellisorganist.blogspot.com/

“A Christmas Message” new Royal Signals recording

August has started well with yet another Christmas recording, on this occasion in the beautiful Dorset town of Blandford.

Although it didn’t seem quite the best of timings to be recording such things as “The Twelve Days of Christmas” on a beautiful summer’s day in the idyllic settings of the charming Corn Exchange, the end product will prove worthwhile.

The CD, entitled “A Christmas Message”, features some great solo contributions both instrumental and vocal, a fine selection of band arrangements and a lovely contribution from a local Junior School choir.

To learn more about the band visit their website at www.army.mod.uk/music/corps-band/445.aspx and to view a selection of the pictures of the recording day visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=84698561265.

The CD will be available at the end of October.