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    Lifecycles marks the launch of the brand new Engines Orchestra. London's freshest cross-genre orchestra here to collaborate with musicians to promote new music. Their first project sees banks of strings, brass and woodwinds team up with the critically acclaimed Phil Meadows Group. Throughout Lifecycles, the music remains highly melodic with elements of folk and classical lyricism sitting alongside lush jazz harmony. Violinist Alice Zawadzki also adds vocals during some of the suite's climaxes, whilst jazz harpist Tori Handsley lends another flavour to the band’s distinct sound.

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Missing Days 05:09
Lifecycles 05:19
The Spark 01:41
Euphoria 02:47
Prelude 03:30
Remembrance 05:43
Celebration 06:07


Lifecycles explores a series of situations that we all experience. The people we meet, love and lose shape our emotional responses. They define our headspace, alter our moral compass and leave us beautifully confused as we choose our pathways through life. Control is a state of mind as faith, politics and science try and rationalise a society bigger than any individual. Nothing is tangible apart from the present and it’s the way we choose to react in the moment that defines who we are and shapes the Lifecycles we lead and those we remember.

Special Thanks:
To bring a project this large from a thought to reality takes an incredible amount of energy, passion and enthusiasm from everybody involved. We would like to thank all the people who have, and continue to offer their help and support in the development of the orchestra. Particular thanks goes to Help Musicians UK and the Whittingham family whom through the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award allowed this dream to become a reality. Further thanks goes to Arts Council England for supporting the research and development of the music, allowing us to create truly collaborative record where every musicians voice has been heard. A final thank you goes to the musicians for their amazing energy, inspiration and time and to Tim Garland for his advice and enthusiasm for the project.


released November 24, 2014

Phil Meadows Group:
Phil Meadows (composer / saxophones)
Laura Jurd (trumpet)
Elliot Galvin (piano)
Conor Chaplin (double / electric bass)
Simon Roth (drums / percussion)

Engines Orchestra:
Conductor: Matt Roberts.
Brass: Jim Davison (trumpet); Eddie Morgan (french horn); James Buckle (bass trombone).
Woodwinds: Jennah Smart (flutes); Rob Cope (clarinet / flute); Gennie Joy (bass clarinet / clarinet).
Harp: Tori Handsley.
1st Violins: Emily Davis (principal); Tom Aldren; Alice Zawadzki (+ vocals); Katherine Waller.
2nd Violins: Minn Majoe (principal); Kirsty Lovie; Claire Sledd; Connie Chatwin.
Violas: Matt Maguire (principal); Joe Fisher; George White.
Cellos: Zosia Jagodzinska (principal); Gregor Riddell.

Production Team:
Executive Producer: Alex J Watson.
Producer: Phil Meadows.
Studio MD: Tim Garland.
Studio Engineers: Gary Thomas, Jez Murphy (assistant).
Mixing and Mastering: Andrew Tulloch (The Blue Studio, London)


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The Engines Orchestra (EO) is a new force in UK creative music. Bringing together some of London’s most exciting young jazz and classical musicians the EO are releasing their first collaboration - Lifecycles - with support from Help Musicians UK and Arts Council England. ... more

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