In 1958 Billy May arranged and composed music for the album - Big Fat Brass. Recorded at Capitol Studios Los Angeles, it featured Hollywood’s top studio musicians normally heard on Hollywood movies and albums with Frank Sinatra, Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. Inspired by this iconic album since childhood, Mike Lovatt decided to form a new group 'Mike Lovatt’s Brass Pack.'

The idea behind this is to not only try to recreate this sound but to also bring new arrangements and compositions for this size and style of brass ensemble (pack). Basically a big band with French Horns taking the place of Saxophones the group also features Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Tuned Percussion, Harp, and 2 Tubas.


The multi talented Composer Arranger and instrumentalist Colin Skinner has arranged this 'Suite from Carmen' to showcase Mike Lovatt’s Brass Pack. Originally performed by the Royal College of Music Brass Ensemble it is now heard for the first time in this special virtually recorded performance by London’s finest.

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James Morrison features Brass Pack! 
James Morrison featured Mike Lovatt's Brass Pack on his BBC Radio 2 show Top Brass on Sunday 23rd January 2022.

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Listen to what he said about it here!

Excerpt from 'Carmen'Mike Lovatt's Brass Pack
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Mike Lovatt's Brass Pack


Mike Lovatt 

Simon Gardner

Tom Walsh

James Davison

Stuart McLean-Fowler

Derek Lawton 



Gordon Campbell

Andy Wood

Tom Dunnett

Peter North



David Kendal


French Horns

Christopher Parkes

Richard Bissill 

Anna Ferriol

Sarah Willis OBE



Geraldine Docherty



Graham Harvey



Laurence Ungless



Adam Goldsmith



Matt Skelton


Percussion and Timpani

Jeremy Cornes 

Mixed at The London College of Music University of West London by:

Jordan Farrugia 

Peter North

Mike Lovatt

Video Design & Production

Tom Dunnett

Derek Lawton