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Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Welcome. We invite you to review the titles just released on to our website:

The Corps of Royal Engineers – By Popular Demand (featuring a forward by the brilliant Jools Holland), and the REME Band – Force of Destiny.

Breaking News: We are starting to add additional features to the SRC website. Soon all of the albums will have full track information, but for now check out the new and featured releases sections for track information. Dont forget that you can search the website for particular albums or tracks that may be of interest. Type your choice in the search box top right and see what we have. Sound clips and downloads to follow.

your SRC team

Greetings from SRC

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Greetings from Boston MA where I’m on holiday with my wife. Having lunch next week with Keith Brion, the great Sousa conductor. Off to Cape Cod today and Tanglewood this weekend to see the Boston Symphony Orchestra. I’m just in the process of fixing SRC’s next recording, which will be with the Band of the Royal Logistic Corps in September in a beautiful big church in Aldershot. The repertoire will be to do with the regiment and its component regiments and will have a ‘Surrey’ flavour. I’m greatly looking forward to working with them and with Major Phil Stredwick, their Director of Music.

Imminent SRC release – SRC’s Latest CD SRC156 ‘By Popular Demand’ with the Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers, DoM Major Neil Morgan, his last album with the Band as he shortly moves over to direct the Royal Artillery Band. You can buy it shortly from this website, it’s a great concert programme and includes some of the Royal Engineers’ smaller groups.

Also still in production: Philip Sparke no 2 with the Grenadier Guards, the Music of The Rifles, a Great War CD with the Honourable Artillery Company and a CD of historic German marches ‘Blut und Eisen – from Waterloo to Wipers’.

Bye bye for now!



Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Greetings everyone! Sorry it’s been such a long time but there has been so much going on. My full-time job as Principal of Bromley Youth Music Trust (www.bymt.co.uk), which is the best British (I say modestly) music service for children based in south east London, has been taking much of my time and energy and we have just had a series of four huge Schools Prom Concerts at Fairfield in Croydon involving 3000 children! On Sunday 7th March at 6.00 pm, I’m in St John’s Smith Square, London conducting the fabulous Bromley Youth Concert Band (you can buy our CDs via the BYMT website) in a world premiere of Adam Gorb’s ‘War of the World) and music by Percy Grainger and Alfred Reed. We share the programme with our equally talented Chamber Orchestra who will perform Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto with the distinguished pianist Philip Fowke – please come and join us! Last week I was in Gran Canaria conducting a 90 piece wind band in a concert of British music with Music students from the Gran Canaria  and Tenerife Conservatoires, plus professionals from the Las Palmas Banda Municipal. A fantastic sound, in the square in front of Las Palmas Cathedral in perfect evening weather. And For SRC, I was down in Berkshire recently, recording the fabulous REME Band at Bearwood College, an Independent School originally founded for children of Merchant Seamen. This is going to be a ‘Bandstand’ style CD with a lovely varied programme. I was very impressed with the musicianship of this Band and of the very helpful attitude displayed by these very versatile musicians. We want to release by 1st May so watch out!  On 13/14th March in the superb acoustics of Henry Wood Hall, London we record the Band and Bugles of The Rifles in another ‘Bandstand’ programme. The CD will include the two tracks ‘Love Farewell’ and ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’.

My flurry of activity continues on 16/17th March in the Dockyard Chapel, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, with the Band of the Royal Engineers in our third upcoming ‘Bandstand’ recording. I’m really looking forward to these  recordings but am working meanwhile editing the HAC Great War CD (which has been delayed as we need to record some more tracks) and on Philip Sparke Volume 2 with the Grenadier Guards. I’m always amazed when some military band fans seem to think of Philip’s music as avant-garde, it is highly attractive and listenable music and this CD contains at least two fantastic concert marches. We are hoping to have audio clips on this website in the near future so you can hear what I mean! Hot off the press, we have a recording scheduled for September with the combined AAC and Prince of Wales Bands, so I think that’s me up to date, but  I must go now, I’ll be in touch soon.

Best wishes


Love Farewell … and more!

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Whether you are the proud owner of some SRC recordings or are just browsing, SRC’s team would like to wish you all a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.

src170-sleeveWe are proud recently to have been asked to record and produce the CD Single ‘Love Farewell’ (with bonus track ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’) performed by folk singer John Tams and the Band of The Rifles. The CD is currently only available from www.helpforheroes.org.uk so please show your support and buy one now. Proceeds go towards helping wounded Servicemen and women returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.

I’m just about to start editing a CD of music we recorded last year with the Band of the Honourable Artillery Company commemorating a battle at Reutel near Passchendaele in October 1917, where my grandfather (a Lewis Gunner in the HAC) was badly wounded. We’ve found regimental German and British music appropriate to both sides who fought on that occasion and it’s an un-missable  collection of Great War Music. Following that, I start editing a second recording of music by Philip Sparke performed by the Band of the Grenadier Guards, recorded last August in the Chapel at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. It’s a great programme which should also suit traditionalists as it includes several marches!

New projects for early 2010 include ‘Bandstand’ CDs with the bands of The Rifles, The Royal Engineers and the REME. Also being planned is a CD with the Royal Artillery Orchestra and more to come….

New SRC Website

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Welcome to the new look SRC website. If you enjoy symphonic wind band or military band music, this is the place for you to browse and to buy direct, as we are now able to sell on-line. If you want to discover a whole new world of wonderful music for band, superbly performed and recorded with top of the range classical production values – read on!

The Specialist Recording Company (SRC) was founded in 2001 and since then has made a reputation for producing the best quality military and symphonic wind band recordings money can buy, recording top flight bands both from the UK and abroad. We have also started to make brass recordings and aim to expand our catalogue in this genre. SRC Mangaing Director and Producer Mike Purton is a highly experienced recording producer with a background in classical music , he was Principal Horn in the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester between 1973 and 1986 and was Senior Horn Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music (1978-91) and Head of Wind, Brass & Percussion at Trinity College of Music, London (1991-97). He is an accomplished conductor and teacher, bringing his wide range of experience into play at recording sessions where he works with the musicians to derive the best possible results. He has produced many orchestral, chamber music and solo recordings for a number of international labels as well as producing and editing all the SRC catalogue. SRC’s principal recording engineers are Martin Atkinson (formerly of DECCA Classical) and the legendary Tony Faulkner. Between them SRC’s two engineers have recorded most of the world’s great orchestras and soloists and bring their classical recording skills into the studio for us. Artwork is designed by the excellent John Haxby of The Art Surgery who has created a wealth of fabulous designs for SRC.

If you want SRC to give you a quotation to make a recording with your band ( wind or brass) please email us at info@specialistrecording.co.uk.  We would be delighted to hear from anyone with comments, questions and suggestions for the future.

Happy listening and visit this website fequently for news and comment!

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