Tuesday 27 May 2014

"High School Music Cool"

The band prepare to welcome the guests.
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On Friday 23rd May 2014 Northampton Concert Band attended their first School Prom.

Northampton Concert Band was delighted to be invited to perform for the 6th Form leavers of Bishop Stopford School, Kettering at their end of year prom which was held at Sywell Aerodrome.

The band welcomed the young revelers to the black tie event in Hanger One with music from the movies and later provided a selection of big band numbers that proved very popular.

Despite the high level of excitement the students were very well behaved and appreciative. The band finished their set, quite aptly - considering the location, with the march from The Dam Busters.

The evening was organised and co-ordinated by Jayantilal, a special events planning company. Priya Thanki, director for Jayantilal, said; “Northampton Concert Band were truly wonderful to work with - a hidden gem within the Northamptonshire entertainment scene. A fantastic sound with a great repertoire. We can't wait to book them again!

If you have a special event and would like to book the band to play for you and your guests please see our Book Us page.

..and from the front. (photo: Alex Pipkin)

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Tuesday 13 May 2014

CD Recording Day (11th May 2014)

The band during recording.
Photo : Keith Crompton
On a sleepy Sunday morning members of Northampton Concert Band and a few invited guest players convened at the Cripps Recreational Centre to record Imperial Echoes, a follow up to their first CD Platinum Celebration (2011).

This time however the stakes were higher as, learning from the previous recording, Northampton Concert Band decided to put themselves in the very capable hands of World of Sound, a highly regarded recording company owned by Salvation Army Trading Co. Ltd. based in Wellingborough.

Starting at 10am we quickly recorded a number of marches kicking off with Imperial Echoes by Arnold Safroni the title track for our new CD. By 1pm a few film selections had been added and it was time for a well-earned break, all-be-it a short one.
Stephen, as viewed by the tuba section.
Photo : Brian Crutchley

With lunch over, and bellies full, the bands energy levels slowly started to wane and it was down to Stephen Bell, musical director, to energise the band into continuing to give their all. During the last 30 minutes the band performed their last 2 pieces and then it was time to pack our instruments away.

Adam Goldsmith, Producer and Senior Recording Engineer, World of Sound said, “I really enjoyed working with the band.”

Stephen Bell posted on Facebook later that day, “What an incredible day we had recording together. The band played right out of its skin. Good work everyone and a massive thank you from me. [I] can't wait to hear the results of our efforts.”
Taking a break.
Photo : Sarah Mason

It is hoped the first copies of the CD will be available by mid-July and the band plan a full launch at a later date.

Special thanks go to Michael Watkins for organising the tea, coffee and biscuits and the Cripps Recreational Staff for supplying our buffet lunch and support throughout the day.
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