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.
We can now confirm the Onyx Brass tour of Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland this coming April. The tour will consist of 11 concerts in association with Moving on Music, andMusic Network – both innovative organizations promoting and showcasing exciting music in their respective countries. As part of the tour Onyx has commissioned a new work for brass quintet by Andrew Hamilton, which will receive performances at all 11 concerts alongside a real mixture of things on the programme including Bach, Copland, Shostakovich and some show songs!
The tour includes performances in Dublin Castle, Letterkenny, Limerick, County Wexford, Birr, County Galway, County Meath, West Meath, Bangor, Armagh and Belfast. We are hoping that Onyx will be able to do some schools and education work while they’re there too.
Andrew is an exciting young Irish composer and we are delighted that he and Onyx are collaborating. The September performance of ‘right and wrong’ for Endymion and EXAUDI was a great success, and we are looking forward to seeing what he will produce for brass instruments!
I have just uncovered a video of Endymion coming off stage after performing Dohnányi’s wonderful Sextet in C at Kings Place in the 2009 Kings Place festival. It was a great concert – a great piece to play – and a lovely hall to play it in.
We’re performing this wonderful Sextet next year at Wigmore Hall on 23rd October – we will let you know when tickets go on sale! We’ve also recorded this piece, and the CD is available here on our own disc or here on a compilation disc.
Location: Memorial Hall, Freshwater, Isle of Wight
Description: Onyx play their first concert of the year for West Wight Arts Association, in Freshwater. The light programme includes pieces by Berlioz and Copland, as well as Rossini's famous overture to "William Tell".
Endymion bring their "Hommage à Brahms" programme to the University of York.
Beethoven – Violin sonata no.10 in G major, Op.96
Ligeti – Trio for horn, violin and piano, ‘Hommage à Brahms’
Brahms – Trio for horn, violin and piano in E flat major, Op.40
Endymion at Kings Place
February 6, 2014, 7:30 pm
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG, United Kingdom
Endymion celebrates its 35th birthday with a weekend of concerts at Kings Place. Two of the concerts are also part of the Chamber Classics Unwrapped series: showcasing the Top 50 chamber works, as voted for by readers of BBC Music Magazine. At number 43 was Brahms' horn trio, and Endymion perform it with their tried and tested successful pairing of the Ligeti work for the same instruments, subtitles "Hommage à Brahms". Our principal violinist, Krysia Osostowicz, offers a Beethoven violin sonata by way of contrast.
Beethoven – Violin Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.96
Ligeti – Trio for horn, violin and piano, “Hommage à Brahms”
Brahms – Trio in E flat major for horn, violin and piano, Op.40
Violin Krysia Osostowicz
Horn Stephen Stirling
Piano Michael Dussek