Eastwood Records has made recordings with a number of professional symphony and chamber orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Britten Sinfonia. We have worked with conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Richard Armstrong, Peter Stark and Nicholas Collon, and have experience working in some of the UK's best recording venues including London's Henry Wood Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall.
We have also recorded semi-professional, student and school orchestras such as those of Cambridge University Musical Society (CUCO, CUMS etc), the Multi-Story Orchestra and the Orion Symphony Orchestra. You can listen to clips of concerts featuring these ensembles on our selected projects page.
We take a 'less is more' philosophy when recording an orchestra, with fewer microphones placed judiciously around the ensemble at a greater distance to create a bigger, more ambient sound. Having observed the practices of numerous ex-Decca, EMI and independent engineers who learnt their craft during the analogue era, we are able to apply similar techniques to our own projects.
Eastwood Records is well equipped with small diaphragm condenser microphones by industry standard manufacturers like beyerdynamic, Neumann and Sennheiser, as well as stereo bars by DPA and K&M that support all the main stereo mic arrays, including the Decca Tree, ORTF, NOS, AB and XY. We also have a wide selection of tall Manfrotto stands and K&M boom arms, along with steel wires for near-invisible flying of mics from the ceiling or balcony. We can accommodate high channel counts, should the client want individual orchestral desks mic'd up, and we pay particular attention to the phase relationship between different channels when multi-mic-ing an orchestra.
Whether you intend to record a CD, concert or promotional video for your orchestra, Eastwood Records would be delighted to hear from you: