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On a rainy Monday in November 2014, Simon Hale – a man whose Wikipedia page resembles a musical best of album (he also has a BAFTA, and his work has won a Tony award) – orchestrated a 36-piece orchestra. In an Islington recording studio, the first recording of the brass and strings sections of the soundtrack were laid down, with Hale meticulously leading the musicians. Even entirely isolated from the massage experience, the wave of sound from the cavernous booth was contagiously enchanting. It was hard not to be awestruck listening to the score being brought so tangibly and immediately to life.
The following day, composer, arranger and violinist, John Metcalfe, took the helm and the orchestra swelled in size to a full 43-musicians. In the context of spa soundtracks, this is an extraordinary, incomparable endeavour. With such an impressive orchestra it was also important to pay equal attention to the vocal arrangements of the soundtrack; London Voices seemed an instant best fit. Even if you think you haven’t heard of them, you probably have (among their renowned collaborations are the recordings of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings film series). Their talent was the final added touch that completed the line up.