Tammy writes about a very unique recording session with the brilliant Shabbey Road Studios
It was a Saturday morning like no other. Music school and weekday students joined Kingsdown School, Glenwood school and our community choir to record the vocals for The Music Man Project’s forthcoming release of the charity single “Music is Magic”.
Kingsdown Hall was filled with excitement as we eagerly awaited the arrival of Al from Shabbey Road Studio and his daughter Sarah. They had set out from Wales at 7am to be with us! Al was very familiar with the song, having arranged and produced a beautiful orchestral backing track of the song in preparation for the recording session. Whilst the equipment was being set up, including various microphones dotted around the hall, we all rehearsed some of our much loved songs and warmed our voices ready for the recordings. Our students showed an abundance of patience as we worked through the tracks and when silence was needed you could literally hear a pin drop. Al and Sarah made everybody feel at ease and the students took it in turn to showcase their musical talents.
Jenny Harvey belted out an impromptu jazz track, our wonderful harmonica players had everyone clapping along and Chris Coates led the singing of “Love Shine A Light”.
Once the rehearsal was finished the solo recordings took place. It was wonderful to watch the process and even our very own Auntie Ann had a go – although I’m not sure she made the final cut!!
We are so proud of our students and can’t wait to hear the finished product.
A special thank you to Al and Sarah. We all had such a wonderful time… THE SMILES SAID IT ALL!!
Look out for the release of “Music is Magic” on ITunes, Amazon and other digital platforms in the Summer.