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Award-winning independent label Signum Records have entered into a label collaboration with the respected boutique London-based label Cala Records

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Adapting to the changing face of the record industry, this collaboration will enable Cala to benefit from Signum’s strong distribution network (for both physical and digital sales), while allowing Signum to benefit from Cala’s successful catalogue and the economies of scale.

Award-winning independent label Signum Records have entered into a label collaboration with the respected boutique London-based label Cala Records, as of 1 January 2019. Adapting to the changing face of the record industry, this collaboration will enable Cala to benefit from Signum’s strong distribution network (for both physical and digital sales), while allowing Signum to benefit from Cala’s successful catalogue and the economies of scale.

Cala’s future recordings will be released under the new brand ‘Cala Signum’. Cala’s present releases will continue to be sold as ‘Cala Records’, but on re-pressing will appear under the ‘Cala Signum’ brand. Cala Records’ publishing arm, Cala Music Publishing, will continue to operate.

Founded in 1990 by Australian conductor Geoffrey Simon and American lawyer Daniel Schiffman, Cala’s back catalogue, presented as ‘Discovery and Rediscovery’, includes the highly acclaimed ‘London Sound Series’ of large single-instrument orchestras and ‘New York Legends’, a series of recitals by principal players from the New York Philharmonic. In addition, more than 30 releases celebrate the art of conductor Leopold Stokowski and Geoffrey Simon himself conducts recordings of some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia and English Chamber Orchestra.

Signum, which recently reached a milestone of 200 million streams of their releases, boasts a catalogue of over 600 recordings and an array of GRAMMY, BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone awards.

Most recently, Signum won Label of the Year at the 2017 Gramophone Awards and in 2018 received another GRAMMY nomination for their release ‘GOLD’, celebrating 50 years of revered vocal group The King’s Singers.

Steve Long, Founder and Managing Director of Signum Records, said: “I have known Cala’s output for decades now and in fact created some of their releases before Signum was launched. It’s great that we can now market the Cala catalogue under the Cala Signum imprint and I look forward to distributing the catalogue both physically and digitally around the world”. 

Geoffrey Simon, Founder and Artistic Director of Cala Records, said: “I’ve enjoyed working with Steve over many years on the production side, and look forward now to this exciting collaboration between our two labels.”

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