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Voices Of The Valley: Echoes

Voices of the Valley Echoes
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Music by The Fron Male Voice Choir

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The Fron Male Voice Choir celebrates St David’s Day with the release of Echoes, their sixth recording in the Voices of the Valley series, on 26th February 2021.

The Fron Male Voice Choir is one of the most successful choirs in the UK. Their debut album, released in November 2007, achieved double platinum sales and was nominated for a Classical Brit Award. Following this initial success, the choir has toured extensively and their albums have sold in over 70 countries world-wide. The tracks from the Voices of the Valley series have since featured on numerous compilations and artist albums.

Full title Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir or Côr Meibion Froncysyllte, the Fron Male Voice Choir was formed in 1947 and is based in the village of Froncysyllte near Llangollen in Denbighshire, Wales. Their association with the world-famous Tenor Luciano Pavarotti started in 1955. The Fron choir hosted the Società Corale Gioachino Rossini from Modena, which won first prize at the Llangollen Eisteddfod under the musical direction of Luciano’s father, conductor Fernando Pavarotti. Luciano Pavarotti claimed that him singing in the choir and this win inspired him to take up a singing career.

Initially set up to compete in the Llangollen International Eisteddfod festival, The Fron Male Voice Choir quickly developed into a first-class, modern choir. Following on their debut album success, the BBC classical music reviewer Michael Quinn reflects on the Fron Choir as “a good example of modern day Welsh Choir singing” and praises their “considerable close harmony talents, beauty of sound and impressive technique”.

On Echoes, the modernity is reflected in both their choice of material and delivery; from Welsh staples such as Llanfair (Willliams), O Iesu Mawr (David Charles) and Tydi A Roddaist (Hughes) and American, Russian and Welsh sacred hymns (The Lords Prayer, Spaséniye Sodélal) to Billy Joel’s And So It Goes, Aznavour’s She and musical numbers A Million Dreams (The Greatest Showman), Maria (West Side Story) and Bring Him Home (Les Miserables). The close harmony sound is richly layered yet crisp, allowing a multitude of harmonics to resonate.

The choir’s latest Musical Director, Leigh Mason, took over in 2010. Since her arrival, the choir has gone on to achieve great success, winning competitions in Ireland and Cornwall, and at the worldrenowned Llangollen International Eisteddfod. Leigh was deeply involved in the recording and production of Echoes and was vital in enabling the Fron Choir to deliver this vibrant and captivating album.

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Tracklist
1. A Million Dreams (From “The Greatest Showman”)
2. Llanfair
3. And So It Goes
4. She
5. The Bandits’ Chorus
6. The Seal Lullaby
7. Spaséniye Sodélal
8. The Lord’s Prayer
9. Maria (From “West Side Story”)
10. O Iesu Mawr
11. Bring Him Home (From “Les Miserables”)
12. Tydi A Roddaist


Meerkat: A Dynasties Special – Album

Meerkat A Dynasties Special
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Music by Benji Merrison and Will Slater

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Meerkat: A Dynasties Special was presented as the introductory film of the forthcoming sequel to the 2018 Dynasties series – Dynasties II. Filmed in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the Christmas special was made by BBC Studios Natural History Unit, co-produced by BBC America and Bilibili. Featuring Benji Merrison’s and Will Slater’s score, the 60-minute programme was aired on 28th December 2020.

The Special follows the young meerkat queen Maghogho and her family battling to survive in hostile environment, during a drought. Joyous and heart-breaking, the programme was filmed in the searing heat of Makgadikgadi, a 6,000-squaremile wedge of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana in southern Africa.

Says Sir David Attenborough “When you see the trials and tribulations – and successes, of course – of Maghogho and her family as they struggle to survive in such conditions, you can’t help but be caught up in their lives and feel a real connection with them. ‘I’m proud to have been involved in the making of this documentary. As ever, the intensity and insight that the Dynasties team bring to their filmmaking make this an extraordinary watch – gripping, and thought-provoking.”

The soundtrack was written by award winning composers Benji Merrison and Will Slater. Benji Merrison’s distinctive musical voice is in high demand and he has scored music for hundreds of projects across film, television, installations and events. He is known for SAS: Red Notice, Forces of Nature with Brian Cox, Dynasties, General Magic. Will Slater has been composing for television for close to 20 years and his extensive CV includes Planet Earth Live, Africa, Shark and One Strange Rock.

Benji and Will comment on their composing experience “Meerkat: A Dynasties Special was a pleasure to score… We worked very closely with the producer Emma Napper to develop a strong thematic language which is used to underpin the narrative development of the film. We were also very keen that the instrumentation and ‘sound-world’ of the score reflected the physical textures of the landscape in which the Meerkats live. In a subliminal way, the effect is to draw the viewer down to ground level, to be emotionally aligned with the Meerkats as the real-life storyline unfolds.”

Throughout 2021, the remaining Dynasties II episodes will unfold, and, from the same Sir David Attenborough-narrated stable, Green Planet is due to air early in 2022; all featuring soundtracks by Benji and Will. Benji and Will’s score for Dynasties I was warmly received, with The Review Geek labelling it as “outstanding” and “a fantastic musical journey” whilst Review Graveyard describes it as “beautifully rich and varied’ that “equally works just as wonderfully as a standalone album of incredible themes”.

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Tracklist
1. Dynasties Opening Titles
2. Meerkats Introduction
3. Maghogho’s Theme
4. Gathering Food
5. Bonds Run Deep
6. Nowhere to Hide
7. Chase Sequence
8. The Next Morning
9. Searched all Night
10. Heading Away
11. The Rival Group
12. TT Submits
13. Makgadikgadi
14. Time to Take Cover
15. Life is Fragile
16. Drought Breaks
17. Future of the Family
18. A Long Day
19. Hiding Among the Herds
20. One Last Challenge
21. A New Hope
22. Dynasties End Credits


Fireball XL5

Fireball XL5
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Music by Barry Gray

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Celebrating Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s legacy, Silva Screen is proud to present music from the Anderson’s iconic TV shows in CD, digital and vinyl formats… Following the releases of UFO, Supercar and Thunderbirds soundtracks, Fireball XL5 is the 4th release in the series. It is newly compiled, mastered and designed by the creative team at Fanderson – The Official Gerry And Sylvia Anderson Appreciation Society.

Fireball XL5 was set in 2062 and followed the exploits of the eponymous spaceship commanded by Colonel Steve Zodiac of the World Space Patrol. It was produced, like most other Anderson productions, in Supermarionation, using puppetry techniques that captured the imagination of a generation.

The album features 24 tracks from 16 episodes, including the Fireball XL5 main theme and single version. In the opening theme, Barry Gray employs, for the first time, the Ondes Martenot, bringing an eerie and other-worldly sound to the series. The contrast of detached electronic music with the Jazzy musical language served as a perfect juxtaposition of the alien and human Worlds. Each episode would finish with the pop song “Fireball”, bringing the viewer back to the warmth of their 60s lounge. The song was performed by Don Spencer, and was a minor hit in the UK, spending 12 weeks in the UK charts and peaking at number 32.

Barry Gray was a classically trained composer and a versatile musician and was amongst the first composers to use electronic instruments in music for television. Best known for creating the music for most of the Gerry & Sylvia Anderson television series in the 1960’s and 70’s (Fireball XL5, Thunderbirds, UFO, Space:1999), Barry Gray’s complete musical opus is still not commercially available in its entirety. Fanderson, dedicated to the productions of Gerry Anderson, has gained access to all Barry Gray’s original studio tapes and have undertaken a major re-issue project. Together with Fanderson, Silva Screen Records is championing Barry Gray’s incredible musical opus and is releasing the material in a series of physical and digital albums and vinyl records.

The album is also available on a vinyl format as a double LP on Transparent Orange vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.

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Tracklist
1. Fireball XL5 Main Theme
2. The Mystery of Planet 46
3. Formula 5
4. Rogue Planet
5. Exploring the Tanker
6. Hypnotised
7. Travelling Light
8. Ninety’s Dream
9. Zero G (Single Version)
10. The Cholorphon
11. Spectre of Electon
12. End Titles: Fireball
13. Circus Dreams
14. Platonia Treachery
15. Flat Jazz
16. Trapped
17. This is the Twist
18. Fireball End Titles Instrumental
19. Ice Skating Waltz
20. Aphros Theme
21. Aquaphibian
22. Foiled!
23. Back to the Past
24. Fireball (Single Version)


Meerkat: A Dynasties Special – EP

Meerkat A Dynasties Special
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Music by Benji Merrison & Will Slater

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4 track EP – Full album coming soon…

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Tracklist:
1. Maghogho Theme Suite
2. Next Morning Suite
3. Future of the Family Suite
4. New Hope Suite


Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks

Doctor Who Revolution of the Daleks
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Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks
Music by Segun Akinola

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2021 New Year’s Day special – Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks

Original television soundtrack to this action-packed spectacular episode featuring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harness, Chris Noth as corrupt business tycoon Jack Robertson and Dame Harriett Walter as Jo Patterson.

“We’ve crammed this year’s Doctor Who special with an explosion of extraordinary acting talent. Where else would you get British acting royalty, a globally renowned US screen star, an (inter)national treasure of stage and screen and one of Britain’s hottest young actors – just in the guest cast! Put those together with Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole (and Daleks! Did I mention Daleks!) – and you get a cast to be exterminated for. And things will explode. Promise.” – Chris Chibnall, Executive Producer

Composer Segun Akinola comments – “Revolution of the Daleks is an emotional rollercoaster full of action, tension, old friends, old enemies and some heartfelt goodbyes, all of which are accompanied by music that utilises many of the musical themes from Series 11 and 12, and very often moves from a solo cello to orchestra, and much more in-between. It’s a ‘special’ in every sense of the word and I’m pleased that we’ve been able to release the entire score as I really wanted it to be readily accessible to those who’ve enjoyed listening to the Series 11 and 12 albums. So, if that’s you, thank you – this album is dedicated to you!”

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Tracklist
1. 367 Minutes
2. A Cuppa
3. Something Revolutionary
4. Breakout Ball
5. The Clone
6. The Production Line
7. Stability and Security
8. Thank You For Being My Friend
9. Activate
10. The Death Squad
11. Bad Boys
12. Bye Fam


His Dark Materials: Series 2 – Original Television Soundtrack

His Dark Materials: Series 2 ost
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His Dark Materials: Series 2 – Original Television Soundtrack
Music by Lorne Balfe

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The original soundtrack to the much anticipated second series of ‘His Dark Materials’ scored by Lorne Balfe.

“…easily the best episodic tv music I’ve heard in a very long time …undoubtedly one of the most impressive new scores of the year …there’s some great music on here …a couple of tracks are really exceptional and there’s no doubt that anyone who enjoyed volume 1 should absolutely go and pick this up too …can’t wait for volume 3!” – Movie Wave

“The music is just gorgeous to listen to on its own.” – Soundtrack World

“Lorne Balfe’s orchestrations give the already grand world of His Dark Materials an even more sumptuous feel, with every faction of characters getting a distinct musical voice.” – Ign.com

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2020 Nominations
IFMCA – Lorne Balfe for Best Original Score for a Television series
OFTA Television Society UK – Best New Theme Song in a series
RTS Craft & design Award – Lorne Balfe for Music – Original Title

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His Dark Materials: Series 2
Starring Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson as Lyra and Will, two children on a quest across multiple realities, the new episodes follow on from a successful first season in 2019. As season one was based on the first novel in Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, season two will be based on the second instalment The Subtle Knife.

Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) has opened a bridge to a new world, and, distraught over the death of her best friend, Lyra (Dafne Keen) follows Asriel into the unknown. In a strange and mysterious abandoned city she meets Will (Amir Wilson), a boy from our world who is also running from a troubled past. Lyra and Will learn their destinies are tied to reuniting Will with his father but find their path is constantly thwarted as a war begins to brew around them. Meanwhile, Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson) searches for Lyra, determined to bring her home by any means necessary.

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Tracklist:

1. A Parallel Sky
2. Tortured Witch
3. Land of Spectres
4. He’s A Murderer
5. Magisterium’s New Era
6. The Chosen Two
7. The Witches’ Envoy
8. Study The Dark Matter
9. Kiss The Ring
10. Journey Ahead
11. A Once Great City
12. O Little Knife
13. Queen of the Southern Lakes
14. The Other Side of the Window
15. Let’s Do It Together
16. Matter of Dust
17. The Knife will Protect You
18. The Key to the Multiverse
19. Giacomo Paradisi
20. Kaisa Reveal
21. Beyond the Aurora
22. The Female Scholar
23. Fly, Spectres!
24. Farewell
25. Interdimensional Travelers
26. Indomitable Courage
27. My Child
28. A Mystic Explorer
29. I Had A Best Friend
30. Lee’s Choice
31. Beyond The Waterfall
32. Fates Intertwined
33. The End of Tyranny
34. Goodbye Explorer
35. The Eve of War


Audrey

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Soundtrack by Alex Somers; a sublime sonic exploration of Audrey Hepburn’s life.

From the multi award-winning producers of McQueen and Churchill comes the documentary film Audrey, an intimate look at Audrey Hepburn’s life. With access to never-before-seen footage from her family’s personal collection, the film provides a deeply insightful exploration of Audrey, her life, her dreams and her legacy.

“The film provides intimate interviews with those who knew her best, woven around rare archival footage,” director Helena Coan says. “However, we have taken it one step further and worked with multi-award-winning British choreographer, Wayne McGregor CBE, to create dance sequences inspired by Audrey’s love of ballet, building a beguiling and emotionally affecting portrait of Audrey. Dance magnifies Audrey’s emotional landscape and brings a heightened sense of drama and theatre to the film, as well as a rich visual language which has not yet been used in documentary.”

Alex Somers was a perfect choice of composer for Audrey. He created a poignant sound world and immersed within it the visual portrait of a conflicted and complex human being. Audrey’s strengths and vulnerabilities together with her insecurities, challenges and love of life and humanity, make her a presence still felt worldwide today.

“Audrey Hepburn was such a special person” Says Alex Somers. “It was my goal to tap into what made her such a one-of-a-kind soul and create a melodic and sonic accompaniment for her. Collaborating with Helena was a beautiful and rewarding experience. The music poured out and together we experimented and pushed deeper to tell Audrey’s story; there is music here that is dark and there is music here that is light and uplifting, but the common thread is that it is honest and true to the spark that was Audrey.”

Alex Somers is an American composer and producer who currently resides in Los Angeles, having spent most of the last decade living in Reykjavík, Iceland, where he studied visual art at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Alex was born in Baltimore and studied composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

His work was first noticed in 2009 with Riceboy Sleeps, his ambient album collaboration with partner Jónsi (Sigur Rós). Following Riceboy Sleeps, Alex co-produced Jónsi’s 2010 debut solo album Go. He then opened his own recording studio in Reykjavík where he co-produced and mixed Sigur Rós’ 2013 album Valtari, and continued to collaborate with artists Jónsi, Julianna Barwick, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Gyða Valtýsdóttir, Damien Rice, Amiina, Sin Fang, Briana Marela.

Alex began scoring for film and TV in 2011 when, together with Jónsi, he composed music and produced songs for We Bought A Zoo, How To Train Your Dragon Trilogy, Aloha, season one of WGN’s Manhattan, and The

He has since gone on to score Matt Ross’s Captain Fantastic (2016), Shia LaBeouf’s Honey Boy (2019), Taylor Swift’s Netflix original documentary Miss Americana (2020) and, most recently, the Apple original animated film titled Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth.

Audrey, the documentary, is available on DVD and as a Digital Download now.

Tracklist:

1. Everywhere All the Time
2. Withdrawing
3. In the Cellar
4. Very Fuzzy
5. Kept Secret
6. Death Pulls
7. Disappeared One Day
8. Pearl
9. Star
10. Familiar
11. Fell in Love with Her
12. Found Each Other
13. All Over the World
14. Listen to Radios
15. By Herself
16. Belong to Nobody
17. It Becomes Her
18. Truly Truly
19. Didn’t Exist
20. Picture of Her
21. Like A Light
22. Black Raven Hair
23. Great Willow Tree
24. Slowly Eroding
25. Tulips
26. Wound
27. Abandon
28. Golden Age
29. Fairytale
30. Water Sprite
31. Rose
32. Moon River


Christmas Guitar Classics

Christmas Guitar Classics
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Christmas Guitar Classics
Music by Swan

Tracklist:
1. Angels We Have Heard On High (“Gloria”)
2. What Child Is This? (“Greensleeves”)
3. Winter Wonderland
4. O Tannenbaum (“Oh Christmas Tree”)
5. God Rest Ye’ Merry Gentlemen
6. Deck The Halls
7. Silent Night
8. White Christmas
9. Do You Hear What I Hear?
10. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
11. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
12. The First Noel
13. Joy To The World
14. Good King Wenceslas
15. Silver Bells
16. Let It Snow
17. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
18. Jingle Bell Rock


Roadkill

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Music by Harry Escott

Harry Escott’s original score for BBC drama Roadkill. Starring Hugh Laurie, the four-part political thriller was written by David Hare (The Hours, The Reader) and directed by Line of Duty’s Michael Keillor. The thriller follows a self-made, forceful, and charismatic politician whose public and private life is being picked apart by his enemies.

Over the last two decades, Harry Escott has worked with some of the industry’s finest filmmakers composing scores for Eran Creevy’s Shifty, Paddy Considine’s Journeyman, Steve McQueen’s Shame, David Slade’s Hard Candy and Alvaro Delgado’s Retablo. He is known for his long standing relationship with Michael Winterbottom, for whom he has scored several films including A Might Heart, The Face of An Angel and most recently, Greed and with Clio Barnard for whom he has scored all of her films including the forthcoming Ali & Ava.

Away from the screen, Escott’s recent works include a collaboration with the poet Lavinia Greenlaw for her sound installation, Audio Obscura, which won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and O Light Of Light, a reflection on Tallis’ O Nata Lux which was commissioned and performed by Ora Singers.

Harry Escott’s score for Roadkill is a jazzy, small ensemble affair featuring Mercury nominated pianist Kit Downes as leader of the band of world class performers – Martin France on drums, Richard Price on Double Bass, Oliver Pashley on Clarinet and Hugh Wilkinson on Vibraphone. Escott’s jaunty yet slippery themes and chromatic angular waltzes, seem to be purposefully disassociated from the on-screen drama. The music’s role in Roadkill is to heighten our understanding of the central character, the sociopathic politician Peter Laurence, skilfully played by Hugh Laurie.

Roadkill premiered on BBC One, UK on 18th October and is expected to premiere in the U.S. in early 2021 as part of the PBS’ Masterpiece series.

Roadkill is Harry Escott’s 4th release on Silva Screen Records, following Shifty (2009), The Face of An Angel (2015) and River (2015), for which he was awarded the Music and Sound Award for best original TV score in 2016.

Tracklist
1. Chess Game Shuffle
2. Gently Crushing Lily
3. The Comb
4. Off To Downing Street
5. Back In The Game
6. Lily Tails To Marylebone
7. A Hell Of A Price For A Speech
8. The Game’s In Play
9. Are We Allowed To Kiss?
10. The Shark’s In The Swimming Pool
11. Shephill Prison
12. We’re Very Grateful
13. Running Over Deer
14. Prison Riot
15. Charmian Pepper
16. Moving On From Madeleine
17. I Was Humiliated
18. Roadkill Title Theme
19. Strewing Rose Petals


The Capture

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Music by Dave Rowntree and Ian Arber

“In the most spied on country in the world, the BBC surveillance thriller is both deeply unsettling and terrifyingly plausible” – The Guardian

Starring Holliday Grainger and Callum Turner, The Capture is BBC’s Big Brother themed thriller set in our contemporary world of digital surveillance. The first six episodes of Season 1 established a heightened world of deception and paranoia. Season 2 filming is scheduled for summer 2021.

Composers Dave Rowntree and Ian Arber were presented with a brief to compose a complex and melody-driven score. The director Ben Chanan (The Missing, Cyberbully) wanted the score to reflect the puzzle nature of the story, using bold and idiosyncratic themes for the characters to help enhance the show’s twists and turns. The music was to become a part of storytelling, and the themes were to evolve with the characters, as their relationships developed, entwined and collided.

David Rowntree and Ian Arber used their strengths as a duo to approach this distinctive and mysterious musical world. David’s experimental, analogue synth and percussive experience, in combination with Ian’s more traditional, melody-driven orchestral background led to a rich and unique hybrid of ideas and techniques, with both composers collaborating on every cue. Dave Rowntree is the drummer for the rock band Blur, whilst Ian Arber (Medici, My Name Is Lenny, I Am Bolt) is a classically trained composer proficient in cello, piano, bass, electric and acoustic guitar, and music production.

“We created the sound of this world using our unique blend of electronic and organic sounds, interweaving a live string section for the characters at the heart of the story. The purity of the strings helped contrast and focus in on the heart of the human stories within the unravelling world. We used many effects and techniques to distort, glitch and stutter electronic sounds, but also processed the purer sounds like the strings, when our musical worlds needed to collide. We hid clues in the music by creating images and converting these to sounds using a number of techniques which allowed the images to be reconstructed by a viewer from the audio, and also incorporated hints based on Morse Code rhythms.” – Ian Arber

Tracklist
1. The Capture Titles
2. The Soldier
3. Would It Be You?
4. The Assault
5. What Happens in Helmand
6. Seeing is Deceiving
7. Tread Carefully
8. Tall Man
9. Toy Soldier
10. Leaked
11. Monitor
12. The Body
13. Gastor Square
14. Fig Leaf
15. A Pilgrim of Justice
16. Safe House
17. The Mole
18. Believe Your Eyes
19. Confession
20. Alternative Fact
21. Correction