Wingates remembers

We have completed the work on the latest recording by the Wingates Band, ‘Perspectives of Pretoria’, which commemorates the centenary of one of the worst mining disasters ever to beset this country. On the morning of the 21st of December 1910, 344 men and boys died when an explosion occurred at the local Pretoria Pit and the death toll included seven members of the band.

The CD includes a newly commissioned piece of music, ‘In Pitch Black’, written by the band’s own composer in residence Lucy Pankhurst, a number of marches, hymns, and local poetry. It also features some poignant recorded recollections by the late Ben Byers, the band’s principal trombone in his later life, who as a 14 years old at the time of the disaster vividly recalls the incident and the impact on the local community.

The project provides a unique and historical record of the events and will be launched at a concert at Westhoughton Parish Church on the 20th of November 2010. To learn more about the band visit their website at www.wingatesband.co.uk.

Christmas Message from the Royal Signals

We have completed the work on the latest CD from The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals based in Blandford Forum in Dorset.

“A Christmas Message” features some innovative seasonal fayre with some sparkling solo items both vocal and instrumental.

Copies of the CD will be available through the band’s website at www.army.mod.uk/music/corps-band/445.aspx.

You can also see where the band is performing via the ‘info’ page on their facebook site at www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=84698561265#!/group.php?gid=84698561265&v=info.

Great Gospel Music from Bolton

The Millennium Chapel Gospel Choir, based in Bolton, has just released their latest CD “Shine On Me”. This follows on from their highly successful release “That The World May Know”. The new album contains something for all tastes with a collection of many styles of Christian music including a sparkling rendition of the ever popular “You Raise Me Up”.

The choir, formed in 2004, is directed by Rob Wilding the Community Arts Manager at Canon Slade School and performs concerts throughout the north west.

To learn more about the choir visit their wesite at www.mcgc.co.uk.

A True Yorkshire Christmas

We have completed the work with the Stannington Brass Band and featuring the Bolsterstones Male Voice Choir in the CD entitled “A Stannington Christmas”

The recording features many of the local carols which originated around the middle of the 19th century and which have been passed down from generation to generation. The tradition of singing tunes named after local places has been a somewhat unique feature of the history of the villages to the north west of Sheffield and the singing of them, centred around local village public houses, is a tradition still greatly enjoyed today.

The CD is due for release shortly and more information can be found on the band’s website at www.stanningtonbrassband.org.uk.