Composer Damian Montagu is releasing ‘A Walk Into Reverie’ on 24th January, 2020 on CD and digital formats, on the Walk upon England label. This is the second album from the Walk Upon England project which celebrates the English countryside as a source of creativity in music and poetry. The eleven compositions are led by Damian Montagu with strings performed by the Tippett Quartet and piano by Rob Sword, with brass arrangements and performances by ex-Paul Weller trumpeter Stewart Prosser, who co-produced the album.
‘A Walk Into Reverie’ is a brand new collection of work inspired by Damian Montagu’s deep love of the breath-taking beauty of his local South Downs area and the profound peace that walking there brings him. “This is a wondrous space for me. I derive so much pleasure and a deep sense of calm by walking alone in the landscape of the South Downs. It is during immersion in this tranquillity and stillness that the melodies come to me.” The album was recorded deep in the heart of the Downs in Damian’s studio.
With a wonderful artwork by renowned Sussex artist Jonathan Pocock, ‘A Walk Into Reverie’ is just that: a chance to escape into a dreamlike world of relaxation inspired by the great British countryside.
You can pre-order the album on the following link:
We are proud to announce the release on the Walk upon England label of a poignant new collaboration of music and animation, on this 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War to commemorate the lives of more than 1,300 men from the South Downs and Sussex killed or injured in just one day during the war.
The above short film, illustrated by award winning Sussex artist Russell Cobb, was launched on the South Downs National Park’s YouTube channel and Facebook, at 11 am this morning.
Composer Damian Montagu was inspired to compose his new piece ‘The Boar’s Head’ after hearing the story of ‘the Day that Sussex died.’ On 30 June 1916 men from the 11th, 12th and 13th Southdowns Battalions of the Royal Sussex Regiment were ordered to make an attack at the Battle of the Boar’s Head in an attempt to divert German attention ahead of the Battle of the Somme.
A poignant new collaboration of music and animation will be released on the Walk upon England label this November, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, to commemorate the lives of more than 1,300 men from the South Downs and Sussex killed or injured in just one day during the war.
The short film will be launched on the South Downs National Park YouTube channel and Facebook @sdnpa at 11 a.m. on Friday, 9 November 2018.
Damian Montagu’s composition is available to pre-order here
The first performance of the album was performed to a sold-out audience at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre. Hugh Bonneville recently posted a gallery of photos from the event. Click below to read more and view the gallery.
Released in June 2016 through Decca Classics, In A South Downs Way quickly established itself at No 1 on the Official Specialist Classical album chart. The Path Towards Tomorrow also went to No.1 on the iTunes Classical singles chart.
Hugh Bonneville talks about the album and plays The Path Towards Tomorrow as one of his choices on Desert Island Discs.
Hugh Bonneville discussed the project on BBC Radio 3 Essential Classics.
The track entitled England Green was one of a number of Damian Montagu’s compositions from the album performed at Glastonbury, including this flugelhorn solo from Stewart Prosser