*
banner

CD review: At Home: A Remote Lockdown Recording

Ratby Co-operative Brass Band
Musical Director: David Purkiss
World of Sound Recordings: WOS158



At a time when the effects of Covid-19 continue to impose crippling restrictions on people’s ability to enjoy making music in anything like a perceived form of normality, this uplifting release provides a much needed boost of innovative hopefulness.

The Ratby organisation supports four different types of musical ensemble; Beginner/Trainer, Junior, Mid and Senior Bands.

Remarkable

It’s a remarkable logistical set-up that not only provides a hub of progressive musical excellence for well over 100 players of different ages and standards, but has also seen them become a hugely important ambassador for their local community over the past 114 years.

The CD, recorded from individual remote ‘at home’ contributions before being cleverly edited and mixed by Steve Bland, produced by MDs Dave Purkiss and Kirk Turner and compiled by World of Sound, contains 14 different tracks.

The soloists in particular show that they have been using their time in isolation to good purpose, whilst the section features are different and inventive. 

They offer lots to enjoy; the variety of genres and combinations - from full band to section features and solos, Beatles and John Barry to Erik Leidzen and George Allan via 'The Little Mermaid' and Morecambe & Wise are splendidly delivered.

There is fun and vibrancy contrasting with seriousness and sensitivity.  

Busby Berkeley

The soloists in particular show that they have been using their time in isolation to good purpose, whilst the section features are different and inventive.  The ‘massed band’ finale of ‘Born Free’  is a production of Busby Berkeley standards (and good that everyone gets a mention) – and every bit as impressive.  

And even if a few of the tracks understandably seem to have a touch of electronic artifice, it takes nothing away from the remarkable spirit and commitment that is displayed. 

The result is a super release that deserves to raise bucketfuls of funds to keep the organisation prospering for many more years to come.   

Iwan Fox


To purchase: https://ratbyband.com/shop/

Play list:
1. Ein Feste Burg (Andrew Mackereth)
2. Prelude on Lavenham (Geoffrey Nobes)
Horn Section
3. Bring Me Sunshine (Sylvia Dee & Arthur Kent, arr. Simon Wood)
4. An Irish Blessing (Craig Stevens)
5. Under the Sea from ‘The Little Mermaid’ (Alan Menken)
Percussion Ensemble
6. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) (Billy Joel, arr. Philip Harper) 
Trombones and Flugels
7. Manhattan (Erik Leidzen)
Sextet
8. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Paul Simon, arr. Steve Bland)
Back row cornet feature
9. Hey Jude (Lennon & McCartney, arr. Derek Broadbent)
10. Suite for Tuba (Mov 1) (Don Haddad)
Eb Tuba soloist: Hywel Williams
11. The Wizard (George Allan)
12. Evermore from Beauty & the Beast (Alan Menken)
Flugel soloist: Kirk Turner
13. When You Wish Upon A Star (Washington & Harline, arr. Mark Freeh
Sextet
14. Born Free (John Barry, arr. Alan Catherall)
Massed Bands featuring Beginner, Junior, Mid and Senior Band

Support us for less than a cup of coffee...

4BR wants to ensure that the brass band movement remains vibrant and relevant. We also want to be able to question, challenge and critically examine those who run and play in it, producing high quality journalism that informs as well as entertains our readers.

So if like us you value a strong, independent perspective on the brass band world - then why not consider becoming a supporter and help make our future and that of a burgeoning brass band movement more secure.

So one less cappuccino then?

Support us    



Black Dyke Band - Brighouse & Rastrick, Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 27 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Contest: 100thSpring Festival

Saturday 8 May • 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL


Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 28 May • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3


Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 18 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL40 4SH


Chadderton Band

January 17 • Chadderton Band is a very friendly non contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are looking for players of any age and ability on all sections of the band + EUPH Drums. Please come along to one of our rehearsals give us a try.


Foss Dyke Band

January 1 • Front Row Cornet vacancy still up for grabs. Come and join Foss and enjoy our newly refurbished band room with newly appointed MD David Dernley. Foss Dyke are a 1st Section Band with a moderate contest and concert schedule.


Simon Gresswell


Conductor, adjudicator, tutor, tuba specialist


               

 © 2021 4barsrest.com Ltd