Less than a year after King Arthur’s Night premiered at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2018 and a month before it tours to the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2019, comes the cast album recording from its composer and pianist, Veda Hille.
A critical success and audience hit, Hille wanted to record an audio-only adaption of King Arthur’s Night that would live outside its theatrical experience. Hille says, “Audiences have been really moved by this production, and as always I wanted to make it into an album – to give the experience some permanence that people could return to again and again.” On her collaborative process with co-creators Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef, Hille says, “This is the second show we’ve made, and I suspect it is not the last. Niall and Marcus have developed a writing process together that follows Niall’s lead as a storyteller. They send me script and lyrics, and I work on songs. On this project Niall and I also recorded some improvisations so that Niall’s melodic impulses could be part of the compositions. The record gave us a chance to continue some of that improv; as well as faithfully recording the show songs with choir and rock band we made time for new things that happened in the studio. I’m really pleased with the album; it reflects the show and also became its own true thing.”
The album for King Arthurs’ Night will be available for download at vedahille.com on February 22, but Vancouver audiences will be treated to a live, one-night-only concert at the Cultch’s Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St) – Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 7pm. Tickets are $35 and available at thecultch.com. The evening will be hosted by Youssef and McNeill and will also include select songs from Peter Panties, their previous hit collaboration. A limited quantity of vinyl for King Arthur’s Night will be available for sale at the venue and through Hille’s site.
ALBUM ARTIST CREDITS
Produced by David Carswell with Veda Hille
Veda Hille: piano, Wurlitzer, mellotron, vocals / Barry Mirochnick: drums, vocals
Matthew Tom-Wing: additional drums and percussion / Anton Lipovetsky: guitar
John Collins: bass / Joseph Shabason: flute / with special guests
Samuel Newton: heavy metal baritone, Eve-lyn de la Haye: soprano, and the choir Cor Flammae: Missy Clarkson, Jenny Andersen, Sadie McNair, Madeline Lucy Smith, Sara Jellicoe , Sid Hawkins, Megan Dray, Isabella Halladay, Tom Ellis, Michael Park, Jacob Gramit, Troy Topnik , Mark Reid, Troy Martell, Peter Alexander, Shane Raman.
Niall Patrick McNeil: the voice of Arthur / Tiffany King: the voice of Guinevere
Andrew Gordon: the voice of Saxon / Billy Marchenski: the voice of Lancelot
Brian Morgan: Album Design