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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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Mike Lovatt's Brass Pack

Trumpets 

Mike Lovatt 

Simon Gardner

Tom Walsh

James Davison

Stuart McLean-Fowler

Derek Lawton 

 

Trombones 

Gordon Campbell

Andy Wood

Tom Dunnett

Peter North

 

Tubas 

David Kendal

 

French Horns

Christopher Parkes

Richard Bissill 

Anna Ferriol

Sarah Willis

 

Harp

Geraldine Docherty

 

Piano

Graham Harvey

 

Bass 

Laurence Ungless

 

Guitar

Adam Goldsmith

 

Drums

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 

Scala Radio Play 'Carmen'

We are delighted that Scala Radio Presenter Sam Hughes played Brass Pack's Carmen for Brass as her 'long piece' selection. Scroll through to 26':46 - or enjoy the full show, it's great!