…just like the ones I used to know.
If there’s anything that sounds like Christmas to me, it’s probably a brass band playing carols. Being at the top of their game, our very own Onyx Brass are always busy around this time of year. They’ve already played two concerts with choirs (Laudate and Eltham Choral Society), and they’ve got a very busy day this Wednesday.
At 12pm and 5pm, they’re playing for “Fleet Street Carols” at St. Bride’s, Fleet St., London. The church is a beautiful venue, and both carol services are absolutely free. After the second one, Onyx will be hieing across London to St. Luke’s, Chelsea for the Caravan charity carol concert. (Link for tickets on their website).
If you can make it to any of those, you’re bound to have a very Christmassy time, indeed. No humbugs allowed.
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On Sunday morning, Mel, Neyire and Adam will be at Blackheath Halls in London, performing some French classics and a dash of Mozart. They’ll be exploring some interesting wind repertoire, with works by Ibert, Françaix and from Milhaud, Mozart’s lively Divertimento No.1 and the sonorous and expansive Trio from English composer Gordon Jacob. If you’d like to join them for a classical coffee on Sunday, there are still some tickets left – click here to book one.
You can also catch Mel, Neyire and Robert performing in a chamber production of the Magic Flute with Opera a la Carte, the week after next.
Your Christmas present quandary ends here: the new CD by Onyx Brass “Canite Tuba: Music for Advent and Christmas” from Resonus Classics has been released with settings of well-loved English carols by Holst, tranquil motets from Monteverdi, Palestrina, Parsons and Schütz, and arrangements from some of the best Christmas works from across Europe, including Berlioz’s 1854 Oratorio “L’enfance du Christ” (The Childhood of Christ), Corelli’s ever-popular Concerto Grosso in G minor (known as the “Christmas Concerto”) and J.S. Bach’s Baroque masterpiece, the “Christmas Oratorio”.
Onyx Brass are also heading off around the country for their series of Christmas concerts, beginning tomorrow (Saturday 3rd December) at St Martin’s Church, Salisbury with a programme including Handel’s “Coronation Anthems” and new composition by Tarik O Regan. In the next few weeks you can also see them at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge (8th December) and St Luke’s Church, Chelsea (15th December) in London, or the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford (11th December). On 21st December they will be injecting a healthy dose of Christmas cheer to Fleet Street shoppers with Christmas Carols at midday and again at 5pm. And if you are unlucky enough not to make any of the concerts, you can catch Onyx Brass on Radio 3′s “In Tune” on Monday 12th December at around 4.30pm.
In the meantime, I’m trying to decide on my favourite track from the new CD – my new discovery of Tchaikovsky’s “Legenda” from his 16 Songs for Children, Op.54 – or the breathtakingly beautiful “Deus in adiutorium meum intende” from Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine? The new album and all the individual tracks are available to download from Amazon and iTunes.