1989 saw the release of 'Aspects of Brass' by the C.I.Group Band under Mike West, Musical Director. Featuring a cover which was hastily changed at the last minute and a programme filled with audience favourites.

The featured soloist is Mark Williams on Cornet.

It was recorded at Walton High School, Stafford by Triton Recordings and produced by Lyn Morgan with engineer, Andy Paxton.

About the Programme...

'Strike up the Band' - George Gershwin arranged by Goff Richards (Studio Music) is a superb start to any programme and especially this recording which is followed by a terrific performance by the Band's Principal Cornet, Mark Williams of the beautiful, 'Nessun Dorma' - Puccini arranged by Peter Parkes (Chandos Music Ltd.). Things become much more stately with the majestic arrangement of 'Procession of the Nobles' - Rimsky-Korsakov arranged by Derek Ashmore (Hallamshire Music), before the mood changes once again with 'All Through the Night' - Traditional arranged by Gordon Langford (Chandos Music Ltd.). Stephen Roberts is a master arranger and this is proved with 'Puttin' on the Ritz' - Irving Berlin arranged by Stephen Roberts (Manuscript) and the first half ends with a super piece called 'Song of Liberation' - Jacob de Haan (De Haske Muziekuitgave) - note the fine use of 'Abide with Me'

No band programme would be complete without a march and here is a favourite, 'The President' - William German (R Smith & Co. Ltd.). A mood swing takes us away from the Midlands to a 'North Country Pastorale' - Ray Steadman-Allen (Rosehill Music). There now follows a piece which you will find difficult not to tap your feet along with, this is 'Night Flight to Madrid' - Leslie arranged by Denzil Stephens (Sarnia Music). Onto the West End Stage and a hit song for Michael Ball, here is 'Love Changes Everything' - Andrew Lloyd Webber arranged by Stephen Bulla (Rosehill Music). You cannot have a bigger contrast than to go back in time to a piece originally written by King Hennry VIII and brought up-to-date by Stephen Roberts, this is the fantastic (and hard!!), 'Pastime With Good Company' - Henry VIII arranged by Stephen Roberts (Manuscript). Once in a while an arrangement is written which becomes a classic and this is certainly one of them, the traditional german carol, 'Amazing Grace' - Traditional arranged by William Himes (Rosehill Music). An unusual piece ends this recording, 'Crazy Music in the Air' - Jacob de Haan (De Haske Muziekuitgave) - simply superb.

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