To the Brass Band enthusiast, the multi award winning Kirsty Abbotts needs little introduction – to those that may be new to the genre, Kirsty’s playing can quite justifiably be referred to as being World Class! Heavy words that may be all too lightly thrown in today’s day and age, but in Kirsty’s case the term is wholly justified.
No wonder then she has British Open Cornet Champion of Great Britain Titles under her belt and a whole host of ‘Best Instrumentalist’ awards in her already bulging Trophy Cabinet; a Cabinet augmented most recently with Best Instrumentalist prizes from the 2006 Grand Shield and Scottish Open Contests, not to mention ‘Best Principal Cornet’ at the Brass In Concert Contest, for 2000, 2003 and 2004 a record bettered only by Alan Morrison.
Recorded by the renown B&H Sound over a period of two days in October 2006, and ably accompanied by the world Famous Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band under the direction of Allan Ramsay, Kirsty’s phenomenal talents shine through with pieces that she has seemingly made her own, which include the title track, Philip Sparke’s ‘Soliloquy’, Massenet’s ‘Meditation’ from Thaïs, and an Irish melody especially arranged for her by Leigh Baker, ‘Down by the Sally Gardens’. Other tracks include, Puccini’s ‘Your Tiny Hand is Frozen’ from ‘La Boheme’, a stunning arrangement by Andy Duncan of ‘You Raise Me Up’ and the famous prayer song, ‘O Divine Redeemer’ by Charles Gounod, arranged by Dr. Roy Newsome to name a few.
Released on January 8th this CD shows just why Kirsty has become one of the leading lights of the Musical and Brass Band world. Priced at only £12.00 plus £2.00 P&P, this is one CD you will listen to time and time again!
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