“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