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!
We are delighted that the PRS for Music Foundation and the RVW Trust have agreed to fund Onyx Brass in their latest project – a new commission from Cheryl Frances-Hoad to be premiered in Autumn 2012. The exciting young British composer has won a whole host of awards for her work and is one of the rising stars of the British music scene.
Cheryl will be writing us a brass quintet called ‘The Madness Industry’ – a multi-movement piece investigating the theme of psychopathology in everyday society. In 2008, Cheryl became Artist in Residence at the Cambridge University Psychiatry Department, an experience which has given her great insight into aspects of the human mind and has influenced a number of her recent compositions.
We are extremely excited to be able to work with Cheryl on this project. Not only will it generate a serious new chamber work for brass ensemble, but will also highlight a serious social, medical issue. We are also extremely grateful to PRSF and the RVW Trust for their generous support, without which we’d probably have spent next Autumn practising our Christmas Carols!
The first performance will be at Richmond Concert Society on the 25th September 2012. Keep an eye out for news and further developments.
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