Silk Brass at the Beeb!!

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by Anthony (Scooby) Longden, May 1, 2008.

  1. Silk Brass (AstraZeneca) are to hit the radio airwaves later this year after they recorded a session last weekend for the BBC Radio 2 programme Listen to the Band.
    Regular listeners of the popular Friday evening show will have already heard the presenter, Frank Renton, playing tracks from the Band’s new CD – “A Decade of Silk”, but they were thrilled to receive an invitation to be guests on the show and have a programme devoted to their music.

    Jim Cant, Silk’s Conductor said “this is probably one of the biggest events in the Band’s history. It’s a great honour to be asked to record a programme for the BBC, as the majority of bands never get that opportunity.”

    The recording took place in studio 7 at the BBC’s Oxford Road studios in Manchester, which is believed to have one of the best acoustics in the country and regularly accommodates the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Jim is no stranger to these impressive surroundings as he recorded many sessions here during his playing days with the Fairey Band. Jim went on to say “it can be quite an awe inspiring experience, the acoustics are excellent and all the recording equipment can be a little intimidating, but the Band performed extremely well – I’m very proud of them. We’re all really looking forward to hearing the finished article on the broadcast”.

    After two and a half hours of hard work, interspersed with a few breaks, the Band had recorded the seven tracks for the programme and retired en masse for some well earned refreshment at a local watering hole, followed by a visit to Manchester’s famous “Curry Mile”, where they virtually took over one restaurant as the waiters tried to accommodate a table for 35!!

    Silk’s Listen to the Band programme will include some banding favourites, like the famous Whit Friday march O.R.B., as well as some new additions to Silk’s repertoire, such as a beautiful rendition of the Barbra Streisand hit People, performed by the Band’s new Principal Cornet player Mark Davies.

    The date of Silk’s show will be confirmed in the near future and details will be posted on the Band’s new look website .

    Listen to the Band can be heard every Friday on BBC Radio 2 at 9.30pm

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