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.