The new album from Anthony Phillips and Andrew Skeet
Release date: 7th May 2012
7th May sees the release of Seventh Heaven - a brand new double album of orchestral and acoustic portraits from Ant and composer & arranger Andrew Skeet.
In 2008 Ant was commissioned by UPPM to write a set of film-orientated pieces for full orchestra and was subsequently introduced to composer and arranger Andrew Skeet, who created some outstanding arrangements for the pieces. The orchestral tracks were recorded by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir in their home city in December 2008, with additional tracks being recorded at Rak Studios in London and at Ant's own studio.
Having enjoyed their work together, Ant and Andrew teamed up again to work on some more material the following year. For this second phase they co-wrote some new pieces and also worked on adding string arrangements to some of Ant's compositions which had first been heard in acoustic form on his solo album Field Day. The pieces were recorded at Angel Studios in London in October 2009, with Andrew conducting a string orchestra of leading session players.
A further recording session with a full 70 piece orchestra at the world famous Abbey Road studios in London took place in November 2011 where some of the pieces first recorded during the sessions in Prague were re-recorded. Seventh Heaven draws on material from all three phases of recording to create an outstanding collection.
Featured soloists on the album include singers Lucy Crowe and Belinda Sykes, guitarist John Parricelli, cellist Chris Worsey, percussionist Paul Clarvis and sax & woodwind player Martin Robertson, who has contributed to a number of Ant's previous album releases.
Seventh Heaven track listing
1. Credo In Cantus (vocal by Lucy Crowe) 2. A Richer Earth 3. Under The Infinite Sky 4. Grand Central 5. Kissing Gate 6. Pasquinade 7. Rain on Sag Harbour 8. Ice Maiden 9. River of Life 10. Desert Passage 11. Seven Ancient Wonders (vocal by Belinda Sykes) 12. Desert Passage (Reprise) 13. Circle of Light 14. Forgotten Angels 15. Courtesan 16. Ghosts of New York 17. Shipwreck of St Paul 18. Cortege
1. Credo In Cantus (instrumental) 2. Sojourn 3. Speak of Remarkable Things 4. Nocturne 5. Long Road Home 6. The Golden Leaves of Fall 7. Credo 8. Under The Infinite Sky (Guitar Ensemble version) 9. The Stuff of Dreams 10. Old Sarum Suite (Sarabande: Song of The Shires I; The Feast of the Ice Saints; Storm Chaser: The Path To War; The Fleet Assembles: Raising The Standard; Sarabande: Song of the Shires II) 11. For Eloise 12. Winter Song 13. Ghosts of New York (Piano version) 14. Daniel's Theme 15. Study In Scarlet 16. The Lives of Others 17. Forever Always
Andrew Skeet (Co-writer and arranger on Seventh Heaven)
studying composition and piano at The Royal College of Music, Andrew
worked as an arranger and orchestrator for acts including George Michael,
Suede, Unkle, Sinead O'Connor & Hybrid as well as establishing his own
orchestra. In 2004 Andrew also began working regularly with Neil Hannon of
The Divine Comedy as musical director and arranger. In this capacity and
playing piano Andrew has toured all over Europe and recorded 3 albums.
More recently he has worked with Neil on a production of Swallows &
Amazons and they are currently developing Sebastopol, an opera
for Covent Garden.
Andrew has orchestrated and conducted scores for many TV & film productions including Desperate Romantics, Upstairs Downstairs and The Awakening. In 2011 he produced an album with the London Philharmonic Orchestra of video game music which has been among the most successful classical releases of recent years and wrote the score for How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire which premiered in the London Film Festival. Andrew has also released library albums on Universalís Atmosphere and Chappell labels which have been used on television and film all over the world.