After an astonishing year which saw her nominated for two BRIT Awards, shortlisted for the Mercury prize and receiving an Ivor Novello Awards nomination, Laura Mvula returns with a new orchestral recording of her Top Ten debut album, ‘Sing To The Moon’, thanks to Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound.
Laura always wanted 'Sing to the Moon' to be an orchestrated recording. This was made possible, at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios, by Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound, which enables artists to create albums that would never otherwise have been recorded and makes them available to members as studio-quality downloads. Bowers & Wilkins relationship with Abbey Road dates back more than 25 years, with its loudspeakers used as reference monitors on all albums and movie scores recorded at the world-famous recording studios.
Laura re-recorded ‘Sing To The Moon’ at Abbey Road with the Dutch Metropole Orkest, the largest full-time orchestra of its kind in the world, led by conductor Jules Buckley. Recorded over two days in Studio One using Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond speakers, the live recording fuses orchestral soul, poetic lyrics and the beautiful harmonies of Laura together with the 52 strong orchestra.
Laura and Buckley first worked together at last year’s Urban Proms. The outstanding reaction from the show was what inspired Bowers & Wilkins to work alongside Laura and the Metropole Orkest to re-record this album.
"I never imagined I would be in a position where I could have an orchestra play my music," says Laura. "It’s totally overwhelming for me because it‘s what I imagined, but more. Like bringing something truly to life."
"It’s very rare, when you add an orchestra to expand the palette of a pop album, that the material feels organic” says Jonathan Allen, the award-winning engineer who recorded the Abbey Road session for Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound. “But, in this particular occasion, it genuinely was”
The new album contains new arrangements of all 12 tracks on the original 'Sing To The Moon' album, and will be released on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound on 23 June as an exclusive studio-quality download to Society of Sound members. The album will then be released commercially later this summer through RCA Victor (Sony).
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