Members of TRBC rehearse at Abbey Road Studios with Trevor Ford

Members of TRBC rehearse at Abbey Road Studios with Trevor Ford

Saturday 18 June 2011

THE SCRATCH® RECORDING SESSIONS

Abbey Road Studios, all day

Karl Jenkins: The Peacemakers

Video now on YouTube
Three short videos of our studio recording are now available on YouTube. Click here for the best one (opens in a new window).

CD update
The CD of The Peacemakers is being released at the beginning of 2012.  Singers who pre-ordered copies at the same time as booking for the recording sessions will receive their CDs on release, mailed directly from EMI.

More than 800 singers from The Really Big Chorus followed in the footsteps of artists such as André Previn, Vladimir Ashkenazy and The Beatles when they visited the historic Abbey Road Studios in London’s St John’s Wood for a day of rehearsals and recordings with Brian Kay and Karl Jenkins.  Groups of singers rehearsed in batches at St Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace, before making the short walk around the corner to the Studios where they donned headphones (‘cans’) and faced a forest of microphones to record two full-chorus sections of Karl Jenkins’ most recent composition The Peacemakers.

To say we took over Abbey Road was an understatement—they have probably never seen quite so many choral singers coming through the door in one day!  But all went according to plan:  with Brian Kay busy rehearsing singers in St Mark’s, work in the studio was shared between Karl Jenkins and English Festival Orchestra director Trevor Ford, both of whom frequently disappeared into the ‘box’ to consult with the producer.  As a bonus, the choirs made a recording of the ‘Agnus Dei’ from The Armed Man as TRBC’s contribution to the Global Sing for Peace.  At the end of the day Brian Kay accompanied the last of the singers to the Studio, and conducted the final recording of the ‘Agnus Dei’.

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