All Souls Orchestra, Paul Baloche, Graham Kendrick, Martin Smith - Majesty: Prom Praise

Published Saturday 28th March 2015
All Souls Orchestra, Paul Baloche, Graham Kendrick, Martin Smith - Majesty: Prom Praise
All Souls Orchestra, Paul Baloche, Graham Kendrick, Martin Smith - Majesty: Prom Praise

STYLE: Orchestral
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 152829-22661
LABEL: Integrity 0000768620496
RELEASE DATE: 2014-09-15
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

I must confess that never having warmed to the whole Proms business, I've done my best to avoid the 'Prom Praise' albums of the past. It was Martin Smith's unexpected appearance at this year's Royal Albert Hall event which led me to swallow my reservations and I have to admit that on the whole 'Majesty' was an enjoyable musical experience. Noel Tredinnick and his trusty orchestra have got better as the years have gone on and although they'll never be top-of-the-tree symphonians their accompaniments to the rock voice of Martin Smith work every bit as well as they do with mezzo soprano Helen-Jane Howells. One of my favourite hymns "I Will Sing The Wondrous Story" is given a flamboyant reading while "10,000 Reasons" featuring Paul Baloche, Martin Smith, Graham Kendrick and Helen-Jane Howells is as heart-stirring as the original Redman recording. Probably my absolute favourite here though is "Remembrances" featuring the delightful violin of Rebecca Eves. I can't say I enjoyed "Bugler's Holiday" even though I'd admit that Raul D'Oliveira and friends play it impeccably while the accompanying DVD had a rather wince-inducing rendition of "When The Saints Go Marching In". But on the whole, the folk at All Souls have released an album which will appeal to a pretty broad based audience.

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Product Description
Recorded live with over 6000 worshippers at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London, Prom Praise: Majesty is an exciting partnership of classical and contemporary musicians, including All Souls Orchestra and renowned worship artists Paul Baloche, Martin Smith and Graham Kendrick.

The project, which also features a 500-strong choir gathered from across the UK, offers a new expression of symphonic worship with classic songs such as Shine Jesus Shine, Majesty and Above All to name but a few.

Renowned soprano Helen-Jane Howells and violinist Rebecca Eves also make guest appearances.

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