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Smith Awards 2015…

11 December 2015

We have worked closely with Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels for a number of years now. The relationship was initiated when we first started supplying a number of the hotels listed in their exclusive collection, hotels such as Chewtonglen, The George in Rye and The Soho.

Mr & Mrs Smith’s website is the place to go for the most luxurious, unique and exclusive hotels in the world. If relaxing in a beautiful Italian Villa overlooking the hills of Florence is your thing or even a wilderness break in the outback of Australia, camped out in a luxurious tent with a view of the famous Ayer’s Rock, then Mr and Mrs Smith Online is the place to visit.

The annual Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel awards took place on the 5th November this year. This glamorous evening was attended by the who’s who of the Boutique Hotel Industry. This year Ruark Audio sponsored the “Best budget boutique hotel” category. The hotels short listed for this category are every bit as inviting as other Smith Hotels but at prices which don’t break the bank! The Ruark team attended the bash and were welcomed with some tasty cocktails courtesy of Chase Distillery, a fellow sponsor. If coffee cocktails are your thing then the team from Lavazza were on hand serving up some mouth-watering coffee treats. For the competitive amongst us there was even the chance to battle it out on a ping pong table.

It wasn’t all drinks and partying all evening, there was also the serious business of the awards ceremony. Awards were separated into 12 categories each showcasing some of the finest Boutique hotels in the world. Truth be told whether a winner or not, we would happily stay at any of these gorgeous hotels. The winner of our sponsored category was the fabulous Masseria Cervarolo located in Puglia, Italy. This tranquil 16th century farmhouse offers lucky guests a relaxing stay in gorgeous surroundings all from an amazing £80 a night! The Pig on the Beach in Dorset picked up the coveted “Best Smith Hotel 2015” award. Set on an idyllic cliff-side in Dorset, this beautiful manor house is the perfect weekend getaway destination with rooms to suit everyone from families to couples.

We are delighted to be able to work so closely with Mr and Mrs Smith and are flattered that many of those hotels listed on their website have chosen Ruark Audio products for their rooms. So, thanks to James, Tamara and the rest of the Smith team for a fantastic evening……same time next year?

Happy Christmas from Ruark Audio

7 December 2015

At Ruark Audio we put care and thought into everything we do, even our Christmas Card! Here we are having a great time in the making and showing our inner Elves.smiley

Richard & Alan’s Far East Venture

13 November 2015

It's been a few months since we last posted anything on our blog (something we intend to improve upon in the future) but we thought that you might like to see a little travelogue video of our Alan O’Rourke and Richard McKinney on their October tour of the Far East to see Ruark Audio Distributors and suppliers. Countries visited include South Korea, Taiwan, Mainland China and Hong Kong. See if you can guess which clips relate to each country...

The Power of Music

10 June 2015

Here at Ruark we support the charity Nordoff Robbins. Nordoff Robbins help to transform the lives vulnerable and isolated children and adults through music therapy. We’ve supported Nordoff Robbins for a number of years now and are constantly amazed by how they use music to help people living with challenges such as autism, dementia, mental health problems, stroke, brain injury, depression and life-threatening or terminal illnesses.

So we have seen the benefits that music can bring to peoples lives.

Now research from Oxford University suggests that classical music can help to reduce blood pressure. Research presented to the the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) conference in Manchester found that listening to music with a repeated 10-second rhythm coincided with a fall in blood pressure, reducing the heart rate. Lots of research was done in to different genres of music and it was discoverd that classical music had the most effect on the human body.


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the playlist

our current favourites at Ruark Towers

Where Have You Been All My Life? by Villagers

Where Have You Been All My Life? by Villagers

Second up this month is a treat fresh from the press, released only a matter of weeks ago.

This Irish folk band hailing from Dublin seem to be able to do no wrong, ‘Where Have You Been All My Life?’ is without doubt proof of this.
These are re-recorded tracks from a session at RAK studios in London after a long spell of touring the last studio album ‘Darling Arithmetic’ of which the tracks account for half this album.
Conor O’Brien’s voice is effortless and the bands soft touch create a magical marriage which becomes hard to ignore.

Colour by Pete Josef

Colour by Pete Josef

What an incredible year 2015 was for music! So much choice it would be hard to choose a favourite so we lumbered Ed with the job of trying to pick his, after some deliberation he's come up with Pete Josef’s ‘Colour’.

Hailing from Bath Pete Josef found himself joining the relatively local group from Bristol Reprazent, headed up by the Drum and Bass producer Roni Size.
‘Colour’ is a far reach from Reprazents material but the musicianship needed to bring electronic music to a live format is ever present throughout this album, its a soulful masterpiece. The track ‘Night Gospal’ is a blissed out electronic marvel, ‘The Traveling Song’ sounds like a soul classic in the making and the title track ‘Colour’ starts off with a double bass and keys that any jazz quartet would be proud of. Its fantastic from start to finish so we urge you to pocket this gem from 2015.

moshi of the month

in association with Moshi Moshi Records

Honeyed Words by

Honeyed Words by Anna Meredith

Anna Meredith's first new song in two years, and a taster for her forthcoming full length debut, due next year on Moshi Moshi.

The song is one of Anna’s most intimate tracks to date. A bittersweet duet between the warmth of solo cello and the detachment of constantly sliding electronics, evoking a landscape of decaying intimacy constantly searching for solid ground. 

Meredith’s groundbreaking contemporary composition in the classical music sphere prompted the Daily Telegraph to call her “one of Britain’s leading young composers,” but she has been working increasingly in the electronic arena too. 

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Resident Ruark pooches Archie & Millie