Music Demo

There are many reasons why performers might require a demonstration recording or demo.  It might be for self-promotion, to try and get representation by an agent, for entry to a competition or simply to get a taste of the recording experience.  Our Demo Package in association with St. John’s, Smith Square can meet all those requirements, providing an ideal combination of production, recording and post-production in a world-class central London venue with a superb Steinway model “D”.

The package comprises the following elements:

  • 3 hr morning recording session with producer and engineer
  • Hire of St. John’s, Smith Square, London
  • Hire and tuning of the Steinway Model “D” Concert Grand Piano
  • Post-production as required to prepare master
  • Audio delivered as WAV files or a physical CD-R

We advise most performers to aim for a maximum of 20 minutes recorded material covering repertoire appropriate to the recipients of the demo.  We will apply the same high production and recording standards to a demo session as we would for any commercial recording session and the producer will require scores of all the repertoire to be recorded.  A copy of the finished audio will be kept in our archive so that further copies can be ordered in the future.  It is also possible to combine several demo packages to create a longer CD if required.

The complete package costs £925 + vat – for more information or to make a booking cplease contact us for further details. [CONTACT]

We also offer video demonstration / audition recordings for DVD or Internet use – these are particularly suited to competition entry DVDs which often have to be certified unedited and of a high technical standard – please contact us for further details.

Case study: Borletti Buitoni Trust
We have made a number of demonstration CDs based on the St. John’s, Smith Square package for the Borletti Buitoni Trust.

The Trust was established in April 2002 to help young concert artists, in as flexible and innovative way as possible, to develop and sustain burgeoning international careers.  Working in partnership with managers, concert promoters, broadcasters and recording companies the Trust endeavors to nurture selected musicians by encouraging their musical growth and providing an extended platform of opportunities, which will help them gain greater public recognition.

In partnership with Classical Media, the Trust has made recordings of several of its artists, including the mezzo-soprano Emma Bell, pianists Jonathan Biss and Martin Helmchen, and clarinettist Martin Fröst.  One recording, of the Korean soprano Hyunah Yu, was broadcast by BBC Radio 3 as part of its “Voices” series.
Excerpts from the recordings can be heard on the Borletti Buitoni Trust web site