Carnival of the Animals

Saint-Saens’ whimsical suite features everything from the Lions’ prowling orchestral themes to Kangaroo piano pounces and the Aviary’s fluttering flute runs. A string quartet make asses of themselves as Donkeys, whilst xylophone and flutes evoke Fossils.

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Marches and Waltzes

A joyful Rondo from Mozart’s Horn Concerto dances with the spirited Viennese Waltz opening to Strauss’s Die Fledermaus and the celebratory Radetzky March. The Skaters’ Waltz is serene and elegant, whilst Suppé’s Light Cavalry is cantering and boisterous.

 

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Pastoral

Debussy’s iconic Clair de Lune for piano and a gentle orchestral arrangement of Chopin’s Nocturne waltz. Bach’s stately Brandenburg Four sits alongside the gentle arrangement for cello, strings and piano of Massenet’s intermezzo from the opera Thais.

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All of the music on this page has been written by Jeff Meegan and David Tobin and is available for commercial use through Audio Network. To find out more about Audio Network’s licensing model, click here.

Reflective, sad

Stirring orchestral themes from Peer Gynt are joined by Mozart’s lyrical clarinet Adagio and the emotional strings of Mahler’s 5th Symphony. A peaceful reimagining of Beethoven’s Moonlight piano solo partners Grieg’s solemn, orchestral Ase’s Lament.

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All of the music on this page has been written by Jeff Meegan and David Tobin and is available for commercial use through Audio Network. To find out more about Audio Network’s licensing model, click here.

Grand, Majestic

The stately second movement of Beethoven’s seventh symphony sits alongside the dramatic power of Dvořák’s New World Symphony. Lushly romantic, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet theme joins with a fiery Slavonic Dance and the grand march of Bizet’s Farandole


Farandole

Bizet. Stately bassoon duet into a grand orchestral march (1872). 2:45


Sleepers Awake 

Bach. Stately string melody with complex woodwind & horn underscore arranged for orchestra. (1731). 2:48


Slavonic Dance 

Dvořák.Exuberant, fiery orchestral romp. (c. 1878). 2:26


Allegretto 

Beethoven. Grand, stately and moving second movement of Beethoven’s seventh symphony. (1812). 3:02


Allegro Con Fuoco 

Dvořák. Dramatic, powerful & grand orchestral theme. Fourth movement of Dvořák’s New World Symphony. (1893). 2:25


Romeo And Juliet 

Tchaikovsky. Broad, lushly romantic & famous theme by Tchaikovsky with classic symphonic ending. (1880). 4:08


Abdelazar Rondeau

Purcell. Cheerful but grandly baroque, English orchestral theme. (1676). 1:32


Te Deum

Charpentier. Formal, stately baroque orchestra with trumpet lead (c.1690). 1:38


 

Tchaikovsky Collection

The pure magic of Tchaikovsky!! A collection of full orchestral arrangements from Swan Lake and The Nutcracker are reborn with mystical elegance and dramatic passion across these tracks. Energetic and full of life with graceful lifts and grand waltz moments.

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All of the music on this page has been written by Jeff Meegan and David Tobin and is available for commercial use through Audio Network. To find out more about Audio Network’s licensing model, click here.

 

Pretty Swingin’ Christmas

Pretty Swinging' Christmas music

Swinging festive Big Band Songs

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New vintage vocal swing album

Vintage vocal swing singers enjoy a glass of champagne

The release of Vintage Vocal Swing, our new album available from Audio Network, gave us the opportunity to produce a stellar cast of musicians and record them at Abbey Road Studios.

We had written seven songs that were crafted to sound like they had come straight out of the 1930s and forties. Our plan was to compose the sort of music that seems to have been around for practically ever, but actually hasn’t.

The recordings have benefitted from the input of some fabulous musicians. The band line up was Colin Good (piano), Ant Law (guitars), Tom Farmer on bass, Mike Smith on drums, Mark Crooks (clarinet), Howard McGill on alto sax and flute, Phil Todd (tenor sax and flute), Malcolm Earle Smith (trombone) and Enrico Tomasso on trumpet. We’ve been lucky enough to work with most of these virtuosos in the past, so we knew we were in for a treat.

A six-year-old Enrico Tomasso with Satchmo in 1968.

These guys were instrumental, sorry – couldn’t resist that – critically important in achieving the kind of silky-smooth sound that we wanted. Enrico is one of the UK’s top trumpeters. His dad Ernie was a professional clarinettist and Enrico’s lineage goes all the way back to a childhood performance with Louis Armstrong, which makes him jazz royalty in our book. The rest of the band are luminaries in their own right and specialists in music of the pre-war period and the 1940s.

Vintage Vocal Swing
The boys did their work in the morning in the intimate surrounding of Abbey Road’s Studio 3, and the vocals were recorded in the evening of the same day. In for a penny, in for a pound, we decided to get fully in the mood (see what we did there?) by donning period outfits from the 1940’s. David made a dash as an RAF sergeant while Jeff was zoot-suited and booted in the height of forties fashion.

Vocals were in the expert hands of Joanna Forbes L’Estrange (former MD of five-times Grammy Award winners The Swingle Singers). Joanna, who also composed the tracks with us, was joined by Sara Brimer-Davey and Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson.

For three hours of recording they channelled (and modelled) an Andrews Sisters style that complemented the compositions beautifully.
Audio Network’s Sébastien Daniell was on hand to film the proceedings and put together the video above. Our thanks to Séb for capturing the event and producing the video – and to all the team who contributed to the recordings.

The track listings for Vintage Vocal Swing are:

  • Shoop Da Boogie – A grooving boogie-style swing with jazz piano, wailing clarinet lead, vocals and a scat-style chorus
  • All That We Dreamed Of – Twee tea-room jazz with sweet harmonies over a laid-back rhythm section.
  • Choo Choo – A fast boogie groove with close-harmony female vocals.
  • Tell Me That You Love Me – Up-tempo 1940s swing with close-harmony female vocals.
  • Stop The Search – A swinging piano and big band boogie woogie.
  • You Are – A lovely vintage romantic jazz ballad.
  • Hurry Santa – a cheerful Christmas song with a jazzy vintage feel.

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Vintage Vocal Swing

Vintage vocal swing singers enjoy a glass of champagne

Close vocal harmony vintage songs

 

Licensing our music

All of the music on this page has been written by Jeff Meegan and David Tobin and is available for commercial use through Audio Network. To find out more about Audio Network’s licensing model, click here.