[My Gang] North Sea Radio Orchestra - The End of Chimes : Reco of the Week 7 Dec 07


7. Dez. 2007, 1:57

Artist: North Sea Radio Orchestra
Track: The End Of Chimes
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Groups: The Arctic Circle, Chiller Cabinet

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One of the comments in YouTube for this video goes "The resonant beauty of it makes strong men weep like little babes at the 'Bambi'. Thanks".

I couldn't have put it better myself.

North Sea Radio Orchestra describe themselves as a unique chamber group who perform music of beauty and originality that has, at its heart, lyricism and melodic richness. Featuring wind, strings, percussion, guitars, organs and voices, theirs is a world in which melody and harmony abound..

What they do is an unusual mix of choral, folk and classical music. They cite their influences as Benjamin Britten, Vernon Elliot, and the Incredible String Band.

I had the great good fortune to watch them perform last night at the Arctic Circle Christmas Concert, at The Union Chapel in Islington, London. The End of Chimes was one of the pieces they did. Everything they do sounds like the stuff of fairytales anyway, as regular listeners of The Chiller Cabinet radio show will know, and to hear them in a church with fantastic acoustics was incredible.

There isn't much in Last.fm (at the time of writing), so if you'd like to hear more, pop over to their Myspace.

That has put me in a lovely Christmassy mood already! Talking of which, North Sea Radio Orchestra also appear on The Arctic Circle Christmas album, The Arctic Circle Presents: That Fuzzy Feeling, more of which here.

Admin: stats as of today -

Comments: 8, Favorited: 7 times, Honors: 0, Links: 5, 6 ratings, Views: 487
Date video added to YouTube: November 15, 2007

Additional stats:

Last.fm plays last Week - 3 (track not available in Last.fm at time of writing)
Last.fm plays last 6 months - 4
Last.fm listeners of this track - n/a, but 71 plays of this track

Stats after 7 days:

Stats done 9 Jan 08, after festive break.

Comments: 10, Favorited: 10 times, Honors: 0, Links: 5, 9 ratings, 763 views

Last.fm plays last Week - (still not available in Last.fm)
Last.fm plays last 6 months - 9
Last.fm listeners of this track - n/a, but 75 plays of this track

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  • IanAR

    Thanks for pointing-out the video Babs. Nice to see the composer (skinhead pianist, chap in center of photo). He was absent from the stage at the [i]Christmas Concert[/i], having purportedly broken his finger, whist playing overage football. His name was mentioned, at least, a couple of times - I'm kicking myself for not remembering it. I'd love the hear the 7, though a decent sound system. The sound on the video's great, for a YouTube, but pales into near insignificance compared to what we heard in The Chapel. I must know the name of the lead singer - I love the way she does it! One might call her style operatic - almost looks like she's eating the sound, in reverse. All well filmed too and don't you just love that little self-satisfied smile that goes around the band at the end? - Best, Ian x

    7. Dez. 2007, 6:04
  • Babs_05

    Thanks for your comment, Ian, and glad you like my choice this week! I can't remember the name of the composer either, just that he broke a finger playing football. My mind wandered as I tried to work out how...? The sound's marginally better on their MySpace - The End of Chimes is one of the tracks in the player - but you're right, neither are as good as them in front of us on stage. What's missing is that aural impact that enveloped us, the sound swimming all around, up to the ceiling and back. I guessed the solo vocalist's name to be Sharron Fortnam, but that's only a guess. I'm hoping Ben Eshmade will tell us all when he reads this! Listening to her sing, I didn't think operatic, I kept thinking folk and choral, as in early music. It's the embellishments she chooses to use and the timbre of her voice that made me think this. I might be wrong, of course. : ) It's a gorgeous video, isn't it, the way it's filmed. The pace is perfectly in keeping with the music. That smile at the end is wonderful. Babs x

    7. Dez. 2007, 7:44
  • Babs_05

    ... forgot to say I like how you describe her singing as 'almost looks like she's eating the sound, in reverse.' I'd have to agree!

    7. Dez. 2007, 7:59
  • beneshmade

    Most of the music for the NSRO is composed by Craig Fortnam and the lead Singer for a lot of the track (included this) is his wife Sharon. I hope this helps... Ben

    9. Dez. 2007, 23:09
  • Babs_05

    Great, thanks for clearing that up, Ben. : )

    9. Dez. 2007, 23:12
  • IanAR

    Yes, thanks Ben. So ... Sharron Fortnam & Craig Fortnam ... it's a family business and NSRO is code for The Fortnams? :) Ian[sub] My.Mashable.com/Scrawl[/sub]

    10. Dez. 2007, 16:59
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