Middleton’s Christmas Season

All the work has been completed on the first of a number of Christmas projects with the Middleton Band’s latest CD “Tis The Season”.

The album features fourteen compositions and arrangements by Darrol Barry who is now based in Oman and works with Royal Guard of Oman as Resident Composer and Arranger. In addition to the ensemble titles there are three featured soloists including Darrol’s wife Rachael playing tenor horn in ‘A Christmas Lullaby’.

The CD will be available in September and orders can be placed at the band’s website, www.middletonband.com.

A Concert of Heavenly Harmony

We have been asked for the third time to record ‘live’ the 2010 concert given by the Bolton Festival Choir and Orchestra conducted by John Powell.

‘A Concert of Heavenly Harmony’ will be presented at Bolton Parish Church on Sunday 29th August at 7.30pm and will include Handel’s ‘Ode for St Cecilia’s Day’, Vaughan Williams’ ‘Serenade to Music’ and the first performance of John Ellis’ ‘The Mass of the Grove’.

The new work was composed by the choir’s organist/accompanist and member of the Lakeland Composers, John Ellis. This beautiful inspiring work is based on a selection of prayers and poems and was completed by John some three weeks before he lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.

To learn more about the Festival Choir and Orchestra and to order tickets for the concert visit their website at www.boltonfestivalchoir.org.uk/index.html

More information about John Ellis can be found at http://johnellisorganist.blogspot.com/

“A Christmas Message” new Royal Signals recording

August has started well with yet another Christmas recording, on this occasion in the beautiful Dorset town of Blandford.

Although it didn’t seem quite the best of timings to be recording such things as “The Twelve Days of Christmas” on a beautiful summer’s day in the idyllic settings of the charming Corn Exchange, the end product will prove worthwhile.

The CD, entitled “A Christmas Message”, features some great solo contributions both instrumental and vocal, a fine selection of band arrangements and a lovely contribution from a local Junior School choir.

To learn more about the band visit their website at www.army.mod.uk/music/corps-band/445.aspx and to view a selection of the pictures of the recording day visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=84698561265.

The CD will be available at the end of October.

‘Tis The Season with Darroll Barry

Although it is difficult to believe after the ‘drought’ conditions we are have been having locally, the last weekend was spent recording the first of a number of projects in preparation for Christmas!

The forthcoming Christmas CD by the Middleton Band features music exclusively by Salford born composer Darroll Barry. In 1978 he enrolled on the band musicianship course at Salford University and went on to study with Joseph Horovitz at the Royal College of Music in London.  

He now resides and works in Oman with his wife Rachael and is employed by the Royal Guard of Oman as Resident Composer and Arranger, a job which keeps him very busy writing and arranging music for all occasions and different combinations including bands, pipes and bands, fanfare teams and big band.

The CD will be available in the autumn but to learn more about this successful band visit their website at www.middletonband.com

Super Review

We are delighted with the latest review on the 4bars rest website of John Lee’s solo CD with the girls from ‘Boobs and Brass’, “Whatever It Takes”.

It reinforces the aims of the project, raising money for the charity Breast Cancer Campaign with every penny from the sales going directly to the charity. To date in excess of £60,000 has been raised for the charity with almost a quarter of that money from the CD sales alone.

The review concludes, ‘The transcriptions and arrangements are played with a fine sense of informed style by John (as well as a great bit of playing from Carol Jarvis on trombone) and the band accompaniment is delicate and well balanced – helped by quality producing from the MHP sound guys.‘ 

To learn more about the girls from ‘Boobs and Brass’ visit them at their website at www.boobsandbrass.com.

You can read the full review here, www.4barsrest.com/reviews/cds/cd450.asp

If you have not yet bought the CD you can buy one here by sending a cheque for £11 payable to Boobs & Brass and this includes  the  postage and packing.

Parachute Band CD availability

The latest CD from the Band of  The Parachute Regiment, “70 Years of Airborne Forces”  is now available for purchase following the successful launch at an event held on the 24th of June at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

As part of the celebrations surrounding the 70th Anniversary of the formation of Airborne Forces, The Band performed their unique marching display as well as supporting a commemorative church service to mark the occasion. Other VIPs attending the event included the newly appointed Secretary for Defence Dr Liam Fox, former Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher, and Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Sir Jock Stirrup.

To view the full titles and obtain your copy of this CD please visit www.airborneshop.com/acatalog/Catalogue_MUSIC_CD_S___TALKING_BOOKS__MUSIC_CASSETTES_9.html.

Gospel Choir recording completed

We spent yesterday in Bolton completing the recording of the Millennium Chapel Gospel Choir project with RAS Audio Services.

The choir is led by Rob Wilding who is the Community Arts Manager at Canon Slade School in Bolton. He started the Choir soon after the school was granted Performing Arts status in 2003.

As a former Head of Music in the school, Rob has worked with Choirs his entire professional career, conducting large Choral works and singing professionally with ‘The Mastersingers’. This second CD by the choir is due for release later in the summer.

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

“Brass Band World” Reviews

The latest edition of the popular monthly magazine ‘Brass Band World’  provides encouraging four star reviews of  two of our recent CDs.

Philip Harper in reviewing ‘Whatever It Takes’  describes the recorded sound as well balanced and concludes, “this is a highly worthwhile release”.

Christopher Thomas again gives us a four star rating for Sellers International Youth Band’s ‘Apex’ recording describing the project as “an enthusiastic and creditable effort”.

£9250 raised for Breast Cancer Campaign from sales of ‘Whatever it Takes’

‘Whatever it Takes’ MHP 709

You may recall back in October last year we told you about our work on ‘Whatever it Takes’, the solo album of flugel player John Lee with the girls from ‘Boobs and Brass’.

We are delighted to report that sales of the CD have been fantastic and cheques to the value of £9250 have been sent to the Breast Cancer Campaign. This brings the total amount raised by the ‘girls’ since May 2006, following their formation and first concert,  to £54,600.

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)

Launch date announced for ‘With Each Sunset’

The work has been completed on the recent recording of soprano Claire Madden with the Band of The Army Air Corps. The launch of the CD will take place on the 21st of April at the Annual Conference of the Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion being held at the Winter Gardens at Blackpool. Proceeds from the sale of the CD will be given to support the work of the Royal British Legion.

Permission to use the beautiful cover picture ‘Wiltshire Poppies’ has been generously given by Antony Spencer.