Seven concerts have been confirmed so far with several more to be announced shortly. Further details can be found by clicking on the Concerts menu.
I’ve just received some great news that the UK Arts Council have agreed once again to help support our next rural tour.
Confirmation about the 10+ date tour will follow shortly.
Just received another charming album review that I thought I’d share.
‘when I heard “The Arrival” from Fordante, I just knew I had to include it as it’s a sheer delight…so expressive…passionate and moving… gets the emotions going’ – FATEA
I’ve just heard that The Music Critic has reviewed Fordante’s album ‘The Arrival’ as:
‘Passionate and uplifting…faultless performance…an unexpectedly refreshing album that has broader appeal than its classical roots…A wonderful piece of work’– The Music Critic
What’s great to hear is that they’ve picked up on the fact that the album does have a broader appeal than it’s classical base.
I thought I’d update the feedback Fordante have had recently from our concerts up on the Feedback page.
At this moment in time I should be working on the music score for a corporate video but sometimes you just can’t get your head into the right gear for the relevant project. So what started off as a piece of music supposedly written as the opening for this video has now turned into something far too filmic – but just right for Fordante.
It just made me realise how unpredictable the process of writing music really is. Sure, you can keep working on ideas until you hit on the right note (ahem) but I think sometimes it’s great to let your mind wonder and see where you end up (when you’ve got the luxury of time that is). Which made me think how unscientific this process is. Or is it? When writing music (or doing anything creative I guess) are we reacting to our immediate environment and influenced by our surroundings? On this cold Friday morning, the studio hasn’t warmed up and I’m starting to get fed up of looking out of my window at the frozen fields and snow covered hills and I’m sure it’s having some effect on what I’ve just composed.
Mind you though, in this case I’m glad it has.
All of the artwork has been completed and the CD has now been manufacturered and is making it’s way towards journalists and the press for their valuable feedback and opinion.
Below you can see the Fordante cover artwork. I decided to get a cariacature artist involved rather than having the usual pose of everyone in front of their musical instruments and I’m impressed with what Mikey Ball (TheArtyOne) has done. I wanted the cover to reflect a little of our style so I didn’t just want another posing photo of us all in front of the instruments – in fact you only have to look at most other classical CD to know what I mean! And after all, some of our music is intentionally a little less high-brow than more conventional classical music so I quite liked this lighter approach.
After several years writing the music it’s great to have Fordante’s debut CD finally in my hand and ready to roll.
We’ve just sent out our first Fordante e-newsletter. If you’ve not recieved a copy and would like to be kept up to date with what we’re doing, simply send an email to ‘firstname.lastname@example.org‘ with the word subscribe in the title. Don’t worry, you won’t me bombarded with newsletters, there will only be two or three a year.
Have a Happy Christmas and a great New Year!
It’s been a busy few weeks setting up a record label and finalising the artwork for the CD but it has atleast given me the opportunity to work with a talented artist from Birmingham called Mikey Ball (TheArtyOne) who has been responsible for the cariacatures for the forthcoming album cover. You can see three of them below and I hope you can see why I’m really pleased with what Mikey’s created.
The full artwork for the album cover will follow in a post soon.
I have been lucky enough to have a very talented mastering engineer (Dave Mitson of the Mitsonian Institute) involved with mastering our album. Having worked on albums by Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion, Neil Diamond and film soundtracks this is someone who knows his craft. And now he’s finished and I’m absolutely blown away by what he’s added.
For those unsure of what the mastering engineer does, he (or she) is the person who takes the final mixed recordings and adjusts levels, adds a bit of sparkle and basically puts that little bit of magic onto the recording that only a mastering engineer knows how! So a big thanks to Dave for his stirling work.
If you’ve got a project you need mastering I can’t recommend Dave strongly enough. You can find out more at: