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Escala, the glamorous string quartet that caused a stir on TV's Britain's Got Talent in 2008, releases their first album after being signed by Simon Cowell. Neither a manufactured ensemble nor aimed at the saturated crossover market, Escala is the freshest and most innovative sound of 2009.

The quartet comprises four talented young women -- Victoria Lyon, Izzy Johnston, Chantal Leverton, and Tasya Hodges -- who studied at London's most prestigious music schools. The four became close friends after touring with the boyband McFly and decided to work together to find new ways of fusing contemporary music with classical instruments.

Simon Cowell was bowled over by Escala the moment he first heard them, saying: "They are completely original and they have got it all -- remarkable dedication and training, looks, intelligence, the right attitude to make it big, and music that has wide appeal."

Escala's debut album features a wide-ranging program, including Ennio Morricone's "Chi Mai," Craig Armstrong's haunting "Finding Beauty," Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir," "Children" by the DJ Robert Miles, Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars," "Live and Let Die" by Wings, and Escala's signature tune, "Palladio." From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 06/23/2009
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886974742326
catalogNumber: 747423
Rank: 52598

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Escala   Primary Artist
Ian Thomas   Drums
Lol Creme   Guitar
Earl Harvin   Drums
Trevor Horn   Bass,Guitar,Piano
Stephen Lipson   Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac   Guitar,Sampling
Phil Palmer   Guitar
Slash   Guitar
Simon Hale   Conductor
John Shanks   Guitar
Chris Elliott   Piano,Conductor,Harpsichord
Tom Norris   Violin
Pete Murray   Piano,Conductor,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Jeff Rothschild   Drums
Chris Elliot   Piano,Conductor,Harpsichord
Ash Soan   Percussion,Drums
Thomas Carroll   Cello
Jenny O'Grady   Choir Director,Choir Master
Metro Singers   Vocals
Fiona Winning   Viola

Technical Credits

Samuel Barber   Composer
George Frideric Handel   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Jimmy Page   Composer
Robert Plant   Composer
Mark Curry   Composer
Craig Armstrong   Composer
John Bonham   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer
Trevor Horn   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Karl Jenkins   Composer
Gary Langan   Engineer
Steve MacMillan   Engineer
Ennio Morricone   Composer
Linda McCartney   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Tim Weidner   Programming,Engineer
Simon Hale   Arranger,Orchestration
Clint Mansell   Composer
Chris Elliott   Arranger,Programming
Roberto Concina   Composer
Everton Nelson   Orchestra Leader
Perry Mason   Orchestra Leader
Rob Dougan   Composer
Pete Murray   Arranger,Programming,Orchestration
Chris Elliot   Arranger,Programming,Orchestration
Graham Archer   Programming
Sam Farr   Programming
Magnus Johnstone   Programming,Audio Production

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Escala 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
alexdiamond More than 1 year ago
Saw these talented artists on Oprah today, magnificent, wish this was on DVD, they are spectacular performers, will purchase this music for myself and as a gift.
2manybooks2littletime More than 1 year ago
Great new artist. Has the sound of Bond and Vanessa Mae only different. Very enjoyable with a wide variety of music.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago