Dragoon Guards nominated for Brit Award
The second recording in as many years by Pipes & Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards has been nominated for a Classical Brit Award in the “Album of the Year” category, considered one of the UK recording industry’s most prestigious honours.
Spirit of the Glen – Journey is the follow-up to the band’s well received 2007 recording Spirit of the Glen, which rose to #1 on the UK classical charts, and #17 on the UK pop charts. The 2008 CD was recorded partly in Iraq, where the regiment has been stationed on active duty.
The 2007 recording was also nominated for a Classical Brit Award and finished second in voting. It was the first time that a military band had been nominated for the award.
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards signed a £1-million recording contract with Universal Music in 2007.
Universal Music A&R Manager Tom Lewis said, This is an album people risked their lives to make. You really get a sense of the emotion and dedication within the music, considering all they went through to make the album, the band really deserve to win the Brit award.”
The Brit Awards are determined by popular vote, with balloting available online. The awards will be presented on May 14, 2009, at the Royal Albert Hall in London.