In 2014, Enydmion celebrates its 35th birthday with a weekend of concerts at Kings Place. Since it’s our birthday we’re calling the shots, and we’ve programmed three evenings of our (and our audiences’) favourite pieces.
On Thursday 6th February, our fabulous horn player Stephen Stirling joins the equally fabulous Krysia Osostowicz and Michael Dussek for our perennially popular horn trio programme, pairing works by Brahms and Ligeti. The Brahms horn trio was voted into the Top 50 Chamber Classics by BBC Music Magazine readers, and we’re delighted to have been invited to play it as part of Kings Place’s “Chamber Classics Unwrapped” series.
Also part of the Top 50 series is Debussy’s Sonata for flute, viola and harp, which we’re playing on Friday 7th February. It’s a difficult piece to programme around, but we’re not afraid of a challenge and Helen Tunstall, Helen Keen, Krysia Osostowicz and Asdis Valdimarsdottir come together for a concert featuring solos, duos and trios by Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Martinů and Debussy’s eternal counterpart, Ravel: the renowned harpist Skaila Kanga made her own arrangement of Ravel’s piano “Sonatine” for the same forces as the Debussy sonata, and we perform them side-by side.
On Saturday 8th February, in an all-Brahms concert, our clarinettist Mark van de Wiel takes centre stage with Michael Dussek, performing both clarinet sonatas – the last chamber works he wrote. Our wonderful cellist Jane Salmon joins the pair for the Clarinet Trio to round off our birthday weekend.
All the concerts are on sale now, and there are still some Online Saver tickets available for only £9.50, and as a special birthday gift to you, there’s a 20% discount when booking two or more concerts!
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We’ve spent a lot of time this week discussing social media in classical music and young audiences. It’s a fascinating topic and we’ve had a lot of fun looking at the best (and the worst) social media pages out there. We’ve also talked about the exciting possibilities of directional sound. Imagine a loudspeaker that could be heard by you but not the person standing next to you?! Our summer playlist is, as ever, on Spotify
for your easy listening.
1. Schubert, Symphony Number 6
(this is primarily on the playlist because Philip has had it stuck in his head all week)
2. Perfume Genius, Put Your Back N 2 It
(this wonderfully honest music is produced by Drew Morgan, who will also be producing Phil’s upcoming Fight Music CD)
3. John McCabe, Scenes in America Deserta
(the stifling warmth of the vocal writing is mesmerising!)
4. Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
(we’ve devoured it, but with mixed feelings…)
5. Mendelssohn, Symphony No 4 (Italian)
(the weather’s good here, but we can’t help dreaming about the Italian Riviera…)
Onyx Brass is excited to be performing at the John Armitage Memorial (JAM) concert series this summer, a fantastic initiative dedicated to yearly commissioning and performing of new music, often sympathetically programming new music with the more familiar. Onyx Brass has performed at JAM regularly since 2000, and this July will be performing four wonderful concerts and bringing a nine schools education project to fruition
On 2nd July, at St. Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, Onyx Brass will be joined by BBC Singers and Daniel Cook (organ), under Nicholas Cleobury to perform MacMillan’s transfixing Cantos Sagrados and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and the English Premiere of JAM’s 2013 commission The Farthest Shore, composed by royal wedding/chart-topping composer Paul Mealor. This spectacular new work is based upon a fireside Celtic legend. Cast upon an unforgiving shore, during a terrible storm, a stranger weaves an unfathomable, unforgettable spell over the inhabitants of a small village. This remarkable tale entwines reality, morality and faith in the quest for an ultimate personal truth.
On the 3rd July, 2200 children from five Romney Marsh and four Folkestone primary schools will be involved in A Sporting Chance; a piece for brass quintet and primary school children written by internationally-respected Bob Chilcott to enthuse children about music and sport. Each movement of the piece reflects a different musical style; e.g. sprinting trumpets, a football rap and an ice-skating trombone. This will be followed two days later, on the 5th, by a performance of a well-loved Onyx programme from Gabrieli to Gershwin in the exquisite St Mary’s Church, Rye.
On 6th July, Onyx will be part of the repeat performance of 2nd July programme, bringing a rare treat to the St. Leonard’s Festival (Hythe), performed appropriately next to the sea.
Their final appearance will be a second performance of A Sporting Chance with the Folkestone schools. This will be on the 19th July at Holy Trinity Church. It’s not often you get to perform so much new music in a short space of time on such a large scale, and Onyx feel very privileged to be involved in JAM once more. They’ll have to be on top form to keep up with 2200 children though! Onyx tuba player, Dave, says to play the part of a weightlifter he has to be “very macho, but the kids keep us all going with their enthusiasm!”
You kind find tickets for all of these concerts through the JAM website
Onyx on the move…
Photo by Benjamin Ealovega
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Tagged chilcott, farthest shore, JAM, john armitage, mealor, music and sport, Onyx Brass
The small market town of Ashbourne, nestled at the southern end of the Derbyshire Dales, is the wonderful setting for the yearly Ashbourne Festival. This year, Endymion will be bringing a charming programme of Schubert, Mozart and Brahms to the festival, performing on the 29th June at St Oswalds Church. Whether you live near or far, this festival appearance is well worth coming to. Endymion masterfully contrast the dark, yearning qualities of the Brahms quintet with the bright palette of Mozart, whilst in turn, Schubert’s trio brilliantly contrasts classical elegance with romantic eloquence.
Tickets for the concert are available here
Onyx is delighted to announce they have been awarded £5,000 towards their Tour de Brass! project in 2014. The Leche Trust was set up to support – among other things – arts projects, the preservation of Georgian buildings, and projects which promote good relations between Britain and the third world.
The grant is a huge step in our funding campaign, and we are immensely grateful to the trustees for their generosity. The Tour de Brass! planning is going forward in leaps and bounds – the Trust’s email comes in the middle of a day of very positive talks with venues around the country.
Our dedicated page for the Tour de Brass! is still in its infancy, but soon it’ll be the place to go for everything you want to know about the Tour.
It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Onyx Brass. The preparations for Tour de Brass! are now well underway and we are scouring the country for its best bandstands and public spaces, and can’t wait to get started.
With Tour de Brass! on the horizon, you might imagine Onyx would be taking some time off. Swapping trumpets for Piña Coladas? Feet up in front of the Ashes cricket? Absolutely not. This coming Thursday (13th June), they will play one of their favourite and most-loved programmes at Music in The Round, Scarborough, including music by Monteverdi, Shostakovich, Ives, Copland. On Sunday (16th June) they’ll be doing the same at Wiltshere Music Centre. Onyx just love playing and don’t seem to stop!
Book tickets for Scarborough here,
and tickets for Wiltshere here.
Onyx won’t have any time to watch the cricket this summer…