New – Online Shop

In response to a number of requests we have now put our recording catalogue on line for purchase at our own ‘Online Shop’

The shop officially goes on line today and there you can browse the catalogue and place secure orders directly from the site. Although we are using the latest technology to ensure the safety of our site you can still send us an e-mail and a cheque to complete your purchase.

 

Many thanks to Nick at www.websitesimple.co.uk/ for all his help.

 

A truly varied recording!

We have just spent a very pleasant weekend in Colchester recording a group of local artists who have come together to record an album to promote the new “Firstsite” building which is to officially open in September of this year. The project is a partnership between Firstsite, Arts Council England, the East of England Development Agency (EEDA), Colchester Borough Council, Essex County Council and the University of Essex and the new building is a most impressive structure inspired by Colchester’s Roman heritage.

The groups included the Band of the Parachute Regiment, Colchester Waits, a group who have recreated a medieval ‘Shawm Band’, Quire – Colchester’s World Music Community Choir, and Sanctorum, a Death Metal group. Quite a varied selection and the CD will be available as part of the celebrations marking the  opening of the new building.

To learn more about Firstsite visit their website at http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/1/Home

New solo recording

We have spent the weekend at the impressive Henry Wood Hall in Glasgow, the home of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  in some spectacular company.

We recorded the sparkling talents of Simon Johnson, the Principal Trombone with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra together with Kingdom Brass and all under the direction of Andy Duncan, the professional tuba player, composer, conductor and arranger.

The solo CD features a number of established works together with some fine new music and will be available in June of this year.

New Foden’s recordings

We have spent the last three days completing  the recording of two CDs of music by the Foden’s Band on behalf of the Swiss based publishing company Difem Music Publishers.

The first of the CDs features recent titles published by the company and the second, the music and arrangements of Stephen Roberts. Difem Music Publishers has an extensive catalogue of music for both concert band and brass band in addition to its instrumental portfolio.

The CDs are due to be released in the early summer and to learn more about Difem Music Publishers visit their website at www.difem.ch/difem/index.php?page=home&langue=en

A Week of International Military Music

We have just returned from spending the entire week recording a selection of the finest military musicians from around the world. The International Military Music Society, was founded in 1977 to support and promote the appreciation of military music.

The International Committee of the organisation gathered some seventy musicians and fourteen Directors of Music from around the world this week to record a double album of marches at the beautiful Guards Chapel at Wellington Barracks in Birdcage Walk  London.

In addition to the invited musicians, three of the five regiments of Foot Guards of the Household Division, the Welsh, Irish and Coldstream Bands were involved in the project.

It is expected that the CD will be available from May of this year.

To learn more about the International Military Music Society visit their website at www.imms-uk.org.uk/.

“Time For Brass” promotes Pretoria

Ian Cottier presents a popular  hour long weekly brass band programme on the Isle of Man’s ‘Manx Radio’ and on the 10th of January his entire programme was taken up with tracks from the Wingates Band’s recently released CD, ‘Perspectives of Pretoria’.

Ten tracks from the disk are introduced in the programme and these include  Lucy Pankhurst’s commissioned work ‘In Pitch Black’  in what Ian Cottier describes as “a Time for Brass tribute to miners everywhere”.

You can learn more about the weekly brass band programme at www.manxradio.com/blog.aspx?blogid=14728

“Whatever It Takes” award

In the annual awards voted by the members of the brass band internet forum 4barsrest,  John Lee’s solo album ‘Whatever It Takes’ has taken a very creditable 3rd place in the solo album of the year category.

Every penny of sales of the album, recorded in September 2009 with the girls from ‘Boobs and Brass’, is donated to the charity Breast Cancer Campaign and to date sales have exceeded £12,000.

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).

Power and the Passion

We have completed the work on the latest recording by the Dodworth Colliery MW Band.

The title of the CD ‘Power and the Passion’ is based on the internationally renowned local artist Ashley Jackson who has recently opened an exhibition of the same name in London and has generously provided the painting which is being used in the front cover design.

The CD features a number of solo items in addition to a collection of favourite concert items requested by regular followers of  the band and it will be released  in early December.

To learn more about the band vist their website at www.dodworthcollieryband.co.uk.

We Will Remember Them

We were the guests this week of the Band of the Royal Corps of Signals at an Armistice Day Concert and Service at the magnificent Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Northampton.

The Crusader Round at Holy Sepulchre Church has long been associated with the local military and the packed audience enjoyed a fine selection of appropriate concert items before the traditional Service of Remembrance.

This was one of the first concerts the band has undertaken since the launch of their latest CD ‘A Christmas Message’ in which the appreciative audience showed great interest.

The visit gave us the opportunity for a photograph after the concert which shows one of the band’s cornet/trumpet players Musician Jenine Simmons. To learn more about the band visit their website at www.army.mod.uk/music/corps-band/445.aspx.

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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.