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Mixing it up: Rock It! and The Halle join forces

As part of our work as BBC Performing Arts Fund Community Music Winners for 2013, Rock It! worked on four recordings with professional musicians from The Manchester Halle orchestra. You can now listen to these original works on our Soundcloud page.

The work took place over in spring 2014 and involved Halle musicians Dave Hext drums, Ken Brown trumpet, Dale Culliford cello, Katherine Small flute, Bea Schwimmer basso; Rock It! musicians: Harry Jones drums, James Holt guitar/vocals/keyboards, Lois Holmes vocals, Isaac Walbrooke guitar, Imogen Connell-Howard bass guitar, Reece Holmes drums, Cameron Jones drums/vocals.

The project was led by Rock It! Music Leaders Daniel Lever and James Holt, and Halle musician Bea Schwimmer.

The results are impressive, involving just 2 full days working with the Halle musicians to finalise and record the tracks live at DOA Studios with producer Ant Booth. Please feel free to let us know what you think via

Soundcloud or by emailing us at rockitbolton@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Rock It! Music Leader gains approval of music legend Brian Eno

After working his way through the ranks of Rock It! since 2008 to become one our brightest young Music Leaders, James Holt, had his track ‘name’ selected as Curator’s Choice by none only than Brian Eno! The track was submitted as part of the NOISE Festival, and his resulting selection meant James was invited to the Houses of Parliament in London to meet with Mr Eno himself, and a throng of leading music industry influencers. You can hear the track here.

“Brian Eno is internationally known as the pioneer of ambient music and often cited as one of the industry’s most influential artists. Known mostly for his experimental and ambient music styles, Brian is an iconic figure, having worked with David Bowie, U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Coldplay and Paul Simon.”

James has won ample acclaim for his solo work which has featured regularly on BBC Manchester and Lancashire Introducing…, and he has performed across the north west. As part of Rock It!, James works with the band Arcade Classics made up of beginner musicians aged 10-14 years of age whose recent recording can be heard on our Soundcloud playlist here.

BBC Introducing showcases Rock It! artist

One of our trainee tutors, James Holt, recently had his song featured on BBC Introducing Lancashire courtesy of a musical fan in Sky Valley Mistress and Travelling Band. The track entitled ‘Isolation’ was described as “a cross between Kasabian and The Beatles” and something  ”a wider audience needs to listen to”. James composes and records regularly as a solo singer songwriter and is also guitarist/vocalist in the band STB, alongisde fellow Rock It! trainees.

Check out the track played on the BBC here: http://soundcloud.com/jamesholtmusic/isolation

More solo recordings can be found here: http://soundcloud.com/jamesholtmusic

STB tracks here: https://www.facebook.com/STBbandUK?fref=ts

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