First Take – The Album

On “First Take” ALEAtronic present a musical collage ranging from classical/experimental through to jazz and popular mainstream genres. From the inspiring Innocent World or the jazzy Snake to the tongue-in-cheek Imagination, there’s something for everyone here.ALEAtronic are delighted to have been working with vocalists Yvonne Shelton, Mancunian session/gospel singer, and Eric Troyer, late of ELO Part II, now a member of The Orchestra. The album has been engineered and mixed by Dennis York, sound engineer supreme.

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ALEAtronic’s debut album “First Take” now available on worldwide releaseFor the first time on world-wide release, “First Take”, ALEAtronic’s debut album presents a musical collage ranging from classical/experimental through to jazz and popular mainstream genres. From the inspiring Innocent World or the jazzy Snake to the tongue-in-cheek Imagination ALEAtronic will take you on a journey from classical chamber music to drum’n’bass and rock.”We are delighted to have been working with vocalists Yvonne Shelton, Mancunian session/gospel singer, and Eric Troyer, late of ELO Part II, now a member of The Orchestra on this album,” says Bea Schirmer, founder member and major creative force behind ALEAtronic.”Both vocalists have brough incredible musicality to the songs, and we are privileged to have been working with them.”

ALEAtronic, a group of musicians from a classical background, are specialising in uniting elements from traditional, current and world music. The result is an ever expanding repertoire of challenging musical material that ALEAtronic perform on stage as well as taking it back into the community.To share their experience with the community and be a tool for the realisation of musical ideas arising from day to day issues is just as much ALEAtronic’s objective as recording and performing live on stage.

“We enjoy working with young people and community groups immensely. This background and our daily working together on stage in a classical setup first gave us the idea of combining elements from both classical and popular music as well as using today’s electronic possibilities in our recordings and live performance.”

“We decided to go for a world-wide, internet only release through distributors like CD Baby and CD-ME, as well as our own website,” Bea explains. “All ‘First Take’ tracks are also available for individual download through the usual outlets like iTunes, MusicNet and Napster to name but a few, and we’ve just made the album available in ‘Weed’ format, too.”

“The current system operating in the “music business” is not working as well as it could as far as promoting new, unusual artists is concerned. As established professional musicians ALEAtronic feel for young bands who struggle to find recognition in the current situation. We can only encourage artists’ efforts in promotiong their music online, as this is often the only chance they have of reaching people that other-wise would never hear of them.”

Conceived over a period of two years “First Take” features material originally written and performed by ALEAtronic around the North of England and specifically in Manchester, UK.


Ken Brown – trumpet
Rob Criswell – viola
Dave Hext – marimba, percussion, vocals
Bea Schirmer – bass, electronics
Ric Parmigiani – vibes, percussion

ALEAtronic’s guests:

Yvonne Shelton – vocals

Having been “in love with music all her life”, Manchester-based Yvonne sings, directs choirs and groups, and also runs arts and music projects.

She has appeared extensively for BBC TV and Radio as well as recording and touring with artists such as Chaka Khan, James Taylor, The Beautiful South, Simply Red, Gabrielle, George Michael, Lemn Sissay, Foreigner, Puff Daddy and the Spice Girls. Yvonne also had a stint as a singer in the musical “I have a dream”.

Yvonne first worked with aleatronic on some of the Hallé Orchestra’s education and community outreach projects.

Eric Troyer – vocals, piano

Eric Troyer grew up in Elkhart, Indiana in a musical family with a conservative religious background. After college in Indiana and California, Eric settled in New York City where he began singing vocal sessions with world class artists like John Lennon, Billy Joel, Bonnie Tyler, Aerosmith, Kiss, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Sisters of Mercy, Meatloaf and Celine Dion.

Eric is well established as a jingle writer and as a composer for television, film and incidental music. He is also a singer/songwriter for ELO Part II and more recently, The Orchestra. Eric today lives in New Jersey running his own production company, Wonderwerks.

ReCyClowne 2013 – A Mission To Save Planet Earth

Hallé Education has recently completed an exciting project in the small Derbyshire village of Clowne, which aimed to raise awareness of recycling within the local community through an innovative creative process combining film and music. Hallé Education worked with the residents of Clowne in 2011 on an incredibly successful project called ‘Heritage Back to the Future’ and we were thrilled to work with this vibrant and committed community again.

The 2013 project, ‘ReCyClowne: A Mission to Save Planet Earth’, enabled a group of students from Heritage High School to create a 15-minute film about recycling in their community, to which a soundtrack was then created.

In the early stages of the project the students, teaching staff and members of the artistic team visited Clover Nook Waste Transfer Station and Bolsover Household Waste Recycling Centre to collect recycled raw materials. These were then used to design and create a new musical sculpture, and film footage from the visits was used to create a film to educate local people about responsible recycling.

Alongside the students ALÉAtronic, the Hallé’s progressive new music ensemble, led by Hallé double bass player and composer, Bea Schirmer, then created a soundtrack to accompany the film, using the new sculpture along with orchestral instruments and music technology.

The final film of the recycling journey was premiered with its live soundtrack by the participants and a larger ensemble of Hallé players at Heritage High School during two unique performances for a capacity crowd of nearly 400 local residents on Friday 19 July 2013. A selection of orchestral repertoire was also performed by the Hallé during this concert, including Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and movements from Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and Walton’s Façade.

The evening, conducted by the Hallé’s Assistant Conductor, Jamie Phillips, was a great success and Steve Pickett, Hallé Education Director, said of the project: “This was a brilliant, brilliant project with a fantastic outcome. It was so good to see so many of the local Clowne folk getting their Hallé fix! A supreme effort by our very gifted double bassist, Bea Schirmer! Well done to all.”

The District and County Councils now hope to use the film in other schools and venues across the area to deliver the recycling message and showcase the talents of the school pupils.



Clowne – Back To The Future

Heritage Back to the Future was an ambitious intergenerational project that took place in the village of Clowne in Derbyshire, as a result of Orchestras Live’s strategic work with Bolsover District Council.
An artistic collaboration between the Hallé, Creative Forum and the people of Clowne, it culminated in two orchestral concerts at the newly rebuilt Heritage High School on 29 June 2011, where local young and older people performed alongside a 51 piece Hallé orchestra. Each concert featured a range of orchestral repertoire as well as the premiere of Heritage Back to the Future, a film and live soundtrack created during the project.

The Interviews

The Performance

The Film