Well, a little bit later than usual but here it is .....
Friends Of Garritan Christmas Celebration 2015
Due to Gary Garritan's departure from MakeMusic, there have been significant changes and a few hurdles to manage. I've spent the past couple of months working to secure the future of our project.
I've been in contact with Gary, Dan and MakeMusic and am pleased to say that the way is now clear for us to continue our beautiful Christmas Music tradition for this 12th year without MakeMusic's involvement.
Gary is giving us his full support and Dan has kindly agreed to continue mastering the project. Also, I have written confirmation from MakeMusic that they have no issues with us continuing without them.
There are a few changes and these are as follows:
(a) MakeMusic will no longer be involved with the running of our project.
(b) A new project name, hence 'Friends Of Garritan Christmas Celebration'.
(c) The project to return to its original 'home' here at 'Northern Sounds'.
(d) I shall take care of hosting the files and basic art-work etc.
(e) Release forms (needed for the previous two volumes) will no longer be required.
I would recommend those of us nominating songs here to start work on them as soon as possible. It might seem that Christmas is a long way off however, it's surprising just how long it can take and many people, over the years, have not managed to make the deadline.
One of the requirements of participation has been that a song can only be nominated once so this list is important. Now that we have our list started, we can nominate our song and then start work on it comfortably knowing that our song has been reserved.
Entries are sent in as a full audio file (.wav .au) and not an mp3. Those involved will need to use one of the free hosting sites available to upload their file, or, of course, can use their personal web space, then provide a download link.
When your file is ready please do not post a link here. I'll post more information on where to send your links at a later date.
The requirements for involvement have been as follows and these have been copied from previous years. These will remain unchanged for this present project. An important feature is that those who enter their work for our Christmas CD retain full ownership of their arrangement/recording/original composition; this is not compromised in any way by anyone.
(Disclaimer) These are collected from previous years and not set down by me.
(a) A song can be nominated once. If a song is already nominated please choose another song.
(b) One song per person so no medleys. (These encroach on other entries).
(c) Your song must be in the public domain. If unsure try an internet search to check.
(d) Your song can be an original, for which you own copyright, and must clearly reflect Christmas.
(e) Your entry must be your own performance/recording.
(f) Your song must use Garritan libraries and instruments only.
(g) A live recording of a singer or choir can be used.
(h) Please do not use live recordings of instruments. (Listeners might confuse with libraries).
(i) The duration of your recording should be no more than 4 minutes.
(j) The deadline for sending in all entries is October 31st.
(k) Sending in the song is no guarantee that it will be included on the CD.
(l) As in previous years, all entries are offered freely and may be downloaded freely.
Please name/nominate the song title you wish to enter and I'll add it to this list. The song is then reserved for you to prepare and enter.
Here are our entries so far:
01. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear ..... Michael Bolt