Pro brass players shouldn’t have any trouble blowing out the candles!
Onyx Brass turns 20 this year, and the party has already started! During the first half of the year, they’re celebrating with other young people in a series of family concerts and evening concerts with Music in the Round, who specialise in providing informal performances by great musicians. That suits Onyx down to the ground, and they’re looking forward to meeting the next generation of concert-goer, too.
Last year, Onyx premiered Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s “The Madness Industry”. Audiences loved it, and the new piece is at the centre of Onyx’s programmes in their 20th anniversary year. Cheryl heard the group perform it last night in Milton Keynes, and was very pleased – a great birthday present.
In May, Onyx will be at Kings Place in London, as part of their “Bach Unwrapped” season, playing some of the most popular music from their “Fugue” and “Time to Time” CDs, as well as transcriptions of grander works by the Baroque master, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor.
All of this, though, is laying the groundwork for some very exciting plans we have for 2014 – when Onyx will be coming of age, 21!
Onyx Brass are continuing to tour Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s ‘The Madness Industry’ – a piece that was commissioned especially for the brass ensemble with kind support from the PRSF Foundation.
Back in Autumn we asked Cheryl what it was like to write for the group, and she told us she felt bad for giving them so few bars rest. So we thought we’d ask Onyx for their opinion:
“”We are now three performances in to Cheryl’s piece and still very much enjoying it. The technical challenges are considerable for us: stamina, ensemble and tuning. Hard work! But as it is musically such a satisfying and enjoyable piece to play, we love it! Brava Cheryl.”
There are still opportunities to catch Onyx playing Cheryl’s new piece. The next performances are on February 24th at the Bridge House Theatre, Warwick, and on June 16th at the Wiltshere Music Centre, Bradford-upon-Avon. More details about upcoming Onyx concerts can be found under the Onyx diary tab on the homepage, and tickets can be booked here and here. Hopefully we’ll see some of you there!
This autumn, Onyx Brass will be giving the premiere tour of “The Madness Industry” by Women Make Music award-winner, Cheryl Frances-Hoad. “It’s been a great experience to write The Madness Industry: I’d not really written very much for brass before and working with Onyx Brass has been brilliant,” she says, “although in hindsight I’m feeling a bit guilty for giving them so few bars rest!” Sounds like it’s going to be pretty full-on.
The first peformance will be on September 25th, for Richmond Concert Society, and you’ll also be able to hear it at the Crucible in Sheffield, on the 24th of October. Other performances in 2013 include Chipping Campden, Milton Keynes, Warwick and Bradford-on-Avon.
We wrote about the commission ages ago on our own website, and there’s a little bit on the background of the piece here. We’d like to thank again the PRS for Music Foundation’s Women Make Music programme, as well as the RVW Trust for supporting the commission and performance of this fantastic new piece.
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Onyx played to a packed house at Durham International Festival on Thursday – they had a great time, and so did the audience. The concert was filmed, so we’ll be uploading some footage as soon as we can.
Music from Gabrieli and Dowland was played alongside new pieces written by composers who all have a special relationship with Onyx, including their own arrangements of Fugues in G major by Bach and Shostakovich.
In September, Onyx Brass are touring Switzerland, but they’ll be back in the North for a Music in the Round concert in Sheffield on October 24th.
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The NLCE has been quintet in residence at the National Youth Chamber Orchestra courses for ten years. Each year they enjoy spending several intensive days coaching young players on exciting chamber and orchestral repertoire. The orchestral repertoire is always performed without a conductor – so it makes for challenging but rewarding coaching! This year’s programme includes Haydn’s Symphony No.99 and Kodaly’s fantastically colourful Galanta Dances. To celebrate their tenth anniversary this year, they will be combining forces with members of the NYCO woodwind section to perform an extract from their new commission from Philip Cashian – Cortege – a wind dectet especially written for the NLCE to play alongside young musicians. The performance will take place on Monday 2nd April, alongside Martin Butler’s Dirty Beasts, narrated by the highly charismatic Paul Rissmann.
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We’re delighted to report that the RVW Trust have very generously decided to support a new initiative by the New London Chamber Ensemble. The NLCE will commission Philip Cashian to write a new work for double wind quintet, which the NLCE will use as a side-by-side piece for student and young wind quintets to play alongside the NLCE. This is a fabulous project to encourage youngsters with Phil’s dynamic style of ‘adrenlin-junkie’ new music, as well as offer experience playing with top-flight professionals.
The NLCE will be working with student quintets from the Royal Academy of Music, the Purcell School and the National Youth Chamber Orchestra. And we hope to confirm collaborations with other institutions too.
Watch this space for more information and some video trailers of some ‘taster’ pieces that Phil is currently writing to promote the project.