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The Prince Regent's Band (Richard Fomison, Richard Thomas, Anneke Scott, Phil Dale & Jeff Miller - saxhorns)
During the mid-nineteenth century the Distin Family blazed a trail across Europe and North America performing countless concerts and promoting new and exciting designs of brass instruments. thanks to a chance meeting with Adolphe Sax in Paris in 1844, they adopted the new valved brass instruments, and in particular the new saxhorn.

With The Celebrated Distin Family, period brass specialists The Prince Regent’s Band have recreated the lost Distin Family repertoire, performing on their unique collection of original saxhorns and other fascinating brass instruments of the period.

'[...] the members of The Prince Regent’s Band are to be warmly congratulated on this enterprising exploration of an almost entirely forgotten area of musical history.'
Early Music Review

Credits
© 2016 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2016 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10179

Producer: Tom Hammond & Anneke Scott
Engineer: John Croft

Editor: Anneke Scott & John Croft
Executive Producer: Adam Binks
Cover image: Emma-Jane Semmens

'[...] the members of The Prince Regent’s Band are to be warmly congratulated on this enterprising exploration of an almost entirely forgotten area of musical history.'
Early Music Review

'[...] I felt I was taking a sumptuous bath in nothing but golden syrup [...] everything here is nimble and bright, and well worth a listen'
BBC Music Magazine

'What a wonderful find! This is exactly what we need in the build up to Christmas. Much of the music is familiar – arrangements of Meyerbeer, Donizetti, Verdi and Arne – alongside works by Henry and Theodore Distin with lesser known pieces. [...] I can’t recommend this too highly – it is a gem!'
Lark Reviews

'The playing is superb, the five players producing an excellent consort sound. This ia a fascinating little glimpse into a little-known part of musical history.'
Andrew Benson-Wilson (andrewbensonwilson.org)

'Overall this is a fascinating exploration of a genre and a group of instruments. Not everyone will want to listen regularly to this particular combination of pieces, but there is no denying the superb musicianship of the members of The Prince Regent's Band, nor the importance of the Distin family.'
Planet Hugill

The Celebrated Distin Family: Music for Saxhorn Ensemble

The Celebrated Distin Family: Music for Saxhorn Ensemble

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