International Military Music Society’s latest CD

We have completed the work on the double album recorded earlier this year with the 2011 International Military Band.

The project, initiated by the International Military Music Society features members of three of the Guards Bands of the Household Division together with some thirty other international musicians from around the world, brought together in London to record a series of marches under the direction of twelve international military directors of music.

The unique project includes marches from the individual member societies, some forty in all, and is aptly named “40 Marches Around The World”  The CD will be available to purchase from the 1st of August.

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

 

Some great ‘Lite Music’

We have recently recorded local jazz group ‘Lite Music’ and their new album is due for release shortly.

Two members of the  group, based in Middleton near Manchester, have a long involvement in live music in the north west and their long held belief in music is that  ‘It tends to be simple, controlled in terms of volume and needs to swing wherever possible.’

That ethos is certainly well supported in this recording which should be very popular in the local music scene.

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.