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Brass septet produces haunting and enjoyable chamber music at the MFC

By , 30/04/2019
Three trumpets, three trombones, one a bass trombone, and a tuba is not the usual combination for a chamber music concert, but seven principal brass players of London Symphony orchestras got together to demonstrate that brass is capable of producing chamber music. Horns, such an integral part of the brass section of an orchestra, were missing. They might have added a mellower sound to the ensemble, but obviously this... read more

Interesting if unorthodox Festival programme of music for organ and brass at St Mary of the Angels

By , 13/03/2018
Having attended the previous chamber music concert in St Mary of the Angels which seemed to have an audience of only about 60 or 70, I was rather astonished to find that what was a predominantly organ recital was a full house (or should that be una chiesa piena?). I have been heard to express a certain weariness at the four-year-long obsession with remembering the horrors of World War I;... read more

NZSO Soloists – becoming as sounding brass

By , 28/07/2011
The irony of former Principal Horn Ed Allen's retirement from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra virtually on the eve of the Orchestral Brass Soloists' Tour wasn't lost on the writer of a section of the concert program, the part entitled "Musical Chairs". Replacing Ed Allen for the four-concert tour was Andrew Bain, (sporting the title "Guest Principal Horn"), in fact Principal Horn of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. But there's... read more

Adam Chamber Music Festival, Nelson

By , 27/01/2009
I should have known what to expect from the evening concert from the trombone quartet Bonanza – the name a creaky sort of pun. Though they’ve been around for 12 years, I had never heard them. I’m humbled. To call their performance an illustrated historical survey of the trombone, would give no hint of what the evening was actually like. The reason for choosing the cathedral as the venue was... read more

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