“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.


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.

When Poppies Fall

The work on the release of the second CD featuring the Band of The Parachute Regiment has been completed. Their latest release, to coincide with Remembrance Sunday, features two poignant tracks.

On 24 June 2008, Private Joe Whittaker, 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment was killed while on active service in Afghanistan. “Song for Joe” composed by his sister, Musician Kate Whittaker now a member of The Parachute Regiment Band, was originally written for his funeral but here it has been arranged for military band by his sister who plays the saxophone solo.

Upon noticing a single poppy growing in a field, Classic FM presenter John Brunning was inspired to write “When Poppies Fall” as a commemorative piece.  Here arranged wind band and featuring  John Innes, this solemn piece is a very fitting title track to the album.

The CD will be available for purchase after the 21st of October at http://www.airborneshop.com.

24 June 2008, Pte Joe Whittaker, 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment wasK Whittaker (Solo Alto Saxophone: Musn K Whittaker) 3’53’’


killed while on active service in Afghanistan. This piece, originally written for his
funeral for solo saxophone with piano and bass guitar, was composed and
arranged for military band by his sister, Musician Kate Whittaker.


Bolton Festival release

The latest CD from the Bolton Festival Choir and Orchestra which features the recording of their annual concert held at Bolton Parish Church on the 29th of August is now available.

The double CD features “The Mass of the Groveby John Ellis in addition by Handel’s Ode  for St Cecilia’s Day and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music“.

Copies of the CD priced at £10 including postage and packing are available from the choir at  www.boltonfestivalchoir.org.uk .

Perspectives of Pretoria

The latest recording by the Wingates Band commemorates the Pretoria Pit Disaster which occurred one hundred years ago this year.

On the 21st of December 1910, there was a massive underground explosion in the Pretoria Pit in Westhoughton Lancashire, thought to have been caused by a build up of gas from a roof collapse the previous day.

To learn more about the Pretoria Pit Disaster go to http://www.staveley-genealogy.com/pretoria_pit.htm.

Local families  suffered enormously in the tragedy, in total 344 men and boys died and  one lady lost four sons and two brothers.

The CD which features “In Pitch Black” a new composition by the band’s own composer in residence Lucy Pankhurst will be launched at a concert at Westhoughton Parish Church on the 20th of November.