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Gary Kettel

Biography

Country: England  
British percussionist Gary Kettel has worked with equal facility in the classical and pop worlds. Born in the early '50s, he became a prodigy as a percussionist (it's hardly a surprise) and achieved the rank of co-principal in the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the age of 20. The orchestra's conductor at the time was the feared Pierre Boulez, but (according to orchestrator Larry Ashmore) the young Kettel wasn't fazed: as the musicians were asked to Read more make yet another repetition during a rehearsal of a difficult contemporary score, Kettel raised his hand and said, "Hang on, Pierre, I think I know where you're going wrong." Whether for that reason or to pursue more lucrative work in the pop sector, Kettel left his BBC post. He appeared in 1974 on the experimental African Sanctus disc assembled by ethnomusicologist David Fanshawe, but his recording career did not get started in earnest until the early '80s. He has appeared on recordings ranging from contemporary classical music (such as a disc of Alberto Ginastera's chamber music released on the ASV label in 1995) to straight pop (the 1998 A Very Special Season Christmas album by Diana Ross), but he has been most prolific in various fields where pop and classical meet: film music, symphonic rock, and crossover music from various countries; among his successes in the 2000s have been recordings with Australia's Ten Tenors and trumpeter Chris Botti. His credits include several of James Horner's soundtracks, including that for the controversial Apocalypto, and he has also worked with solo percussion star Evelyn Glennie. In the 1990s and 2000s Kettel has broadened his expertise to include Latin American and Japanese percussion; he played taiko drums on the 2006 release Here's to the Heroes. Read less
Browse 1-18 of 18 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Label: Republic   Catalog: 002222502 Release Date: 11/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Newton Howard,  Suzanne Collins
    Performer:  Julian Leaper,  Mark Berrow,  Ian Burdge,  Frank Schaefer  ... 
    Conductor:  Pete Anthony
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    Label: Relativity (Label)   Catalog: 20356 Release Date: 06/17/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Powell
    Performer:  Julian Leaper,  Christian Jones,  John Barclay,  Warren Zielinski  ... 
    Conductor:  Gavin Greenaway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Red Hot Chilli Pipers
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    Label: Walt Disney Records   Catalog: 001908702 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Newton Howard,  Sammy Fain
    Performer:  Julian Leaper,  Mark Berrow,  Ian Burdge,  Nick Hitchens  ... 
    Conductor:  Pete Anthony
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    Label: Republic   Catalog: 001963802 Release Date: 11/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Newton Howard,  Sunna Wehrmeijer,  Win Butler
    Performer:  Vicci Wardman,  Karen Jones,  Ralph de Souza,  Gabrielle Lester  ... 
    Conductor:  Pete Anthony
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    World War Z [original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
    Label: Warner Brothers   Catalog: 535730 Release Date: 06/18/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marco Beltrami
    Performer:  Andy Wood,  Dave Daniels,  Andy Crowley,  Bruce White  ... 
    Conductor:  Matt Dunkley
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    Label: Summit Entertainment   Catalog: 533081 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carter Burwell
    Performer:  Richard Skinner,  Nicky Sweeney,  Corrina Silvester,  Philip Eastop  ... 
    Conductor:  Carter Burwell,  John Ashton Thomas
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  • 7.
    Kung Fu Panda 2
    Label: Varese Sarabande   Catalog: 067092 Release Date: 05/23/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tom Holkenborg,  John Powell
    Performer:  Stephen Henderson,  Anthony Pleeth,  Ian Thomas,  Gary Kettel  ... 
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  • 8.
    The Very Best Of Karl Jenkins
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95058 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Karl Jenkins
    Performer:  Tim Thorne,  Gary Kettel,  Catrin Finch,  Guy Johnston  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Jenkins,  John Owen Edwards
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantorion,  Adiemus Wind and Brass,  EMO Ensemble
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  • 9.
    Batman Begins [original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
    Label: New Line   Catalog: 39177 Release Date: 09/07/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Newton Howard
    Performer:  Gary Kettel,  Martin Tillman,  Frank Ricotti
    Conductor:  Gavin Greenaway
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  • 10.
    Fanshawe: African Sanctus, Salaams / John Lambert, Owain Arwel Hughes, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 426055 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Fanshawe
    Performer:  Terry Emery,  Martin Kershaw,  Gerry Butler,  Alan Parker  ... 
    Conductor:  Owain Arwel Hughes,  John Lambert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers
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  • 11.
    Here's To The Heroes [2 Cd]
    Label: Rhino (Label)   Catalog: 510964 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Barry,  Bruno Coulais,  Brian May,  Hans Zimmer / Lisa Gerrar  ... 
    Performer:  Craig Hendry,  Liam McLachlan,  The Ten Tenors,  Matthew Hickey  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Dodd
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  • 12.
    Light In Darkness / Evelyn Glennie
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60557 Release Date: 07/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John McLeod,  Toshimitsu Tanaka,  Evelyn Glennie,  Minoru Miki  ... 
    Performer:  Evelyn Glennie,  Philip Smith,  Gary Kettel,  Stephen Henderson  ... 
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  • 13.
    A Portrait Of Alan Hacker
    Label: Clarinet Classics   Catalog: 10052 Release Date: 10/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harrison Birtwistle,  Peter Maxwell Davies,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Bernhard Henrik Crusell  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Hacker,  Ikuko Nishida,  Axel Breuch,  Roland Heuer  ... 
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    Here's To The Heroes
    Label: Rhino (Label)   Catalog: 63674 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Barry,  Bruno Coulais,  Brian May,  Nicola [Film ] Piovani
    Performer:  Warren Zielinski,  Bruce White,  Simon Gardner,  Vinnie Colaiuta  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Dodd
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    Gloria - The Sacred Music Of John Rutter / Cambridge Singers
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 515 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter
    Performer:  Quentin Poole,  Gary Kettel,  Caroline Ashton,  Eric Allen  ... 
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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    Time For Marimba - Miki, Takemitsu, Etc / Daniella Ganeva
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 57 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Minoru Miki,  Keiko Abe,  Toru Takemitsu,  Akira Yuama  ... 
    Performer:  Gary Kettel,  Graham Instrall,  Graham Cole,  Daniella Ganeva  ... 
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  • 17.
    Karl Jenkins: Requiem, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57966 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Jenkins
    Performer:  Gavin Horsley,  Clive Bell,  Catrin Finch,  Nicole Tibbels  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Jenkins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  West Kazakhstan Philharmonia Orchestra,  Caerdydd Chorus,  Serendipity
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  • 18.
    Bernstein: Chichester Psalms; Barber, Copland / Matthew Best
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66219 Release Date: 11/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Leonard Bernstein,  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Catherine Denley,  Rachel Masters,  Gary Kettel,  Thomas Trotter  ... 
    Conductor:  Matthew Best
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers
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