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My 2016 composition entitled 'Great Expectations' (after Dickens) recorded by David Shipley and David Gowland is featured on this CD of Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artist soloists past and present. The song is bourn out of my passion for early 20th Century Musical styles and you can hear the influence of Rachmaninoff, Quilter, Parry and Elgar
A pioneering work of pre-jazz era research and authentic performance presenting popular songs of a hundred years ago. I arranged the music and directed the ensembles on this album. The final track - "There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding" is an explorative arrangement in which I play 18 different plucked-stringed instruments and intertwine several popular musical styles of the day, being to a great extent an hommage to the banjo orchestra - a popular instrumental ensemble of the 1910s. Listen here to a sampler on Youtube here
This disc features "fourteen hot sides of the most stingo Ragtime and Jass recorded this Century - full of 'Pep & Ginger'", as played by a great war era aviators' orchestra. On it I play the mandolin-banjo, a substitute for the melody banjo, banjaurine or banjolin which pre-dates (in recorded ensembles) and occupies the 'lead' role of the trumpet in the front line of trumpet, trombone and clarinet - a feature of bands playing embryonic forms of jazz at the turn of the 20th century. albertballsflyingaces.co.uk
I am the tenor banjoist/guitarist in this 11-piece orchestra that authentically performs and records period dance band music from the Art Deco era. This is our limited editon 78-rpm record. alexmendham.com
A CD of the retro mezzo-soprano Patricia Hammond featuring 16 songs from 1840 to 1947, arranged, supervised, rehearsed, directed and mixed by myself and Nick Ball. Among the 20 different instruments featured in the arrangements, I play mandolin, acoustic and electric guitars, ukulele, bouzouki and banjo. Featured on BBC Radio 2 and 3, NPR and Classic FM. I am currently working on a new album of WW1 songs with Patricia for small ensemble and voice to be released in Summer 2014.