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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Onyx Brass has been awarded the maximum sum available by the PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial flagship scheme. The money will go towards commissioning a new work from David Sawer to form the centrepiece of a short programme of contemporary British music that Onyx will perform across the country in 2014, in the Tour de Brass!
The New Music Biennial has made 20 awards to groups to commission new works which will be performed together in showcases at the Southbank Centre’s Festival (4-6 July 2014) and as part of the Commonwealth Games Cultural programme in Glasgow (2-3 August 2014). Our project is designed to be a lot more portable and we are planning upwards of 40 free, unticketed concerts at bandstands and public spaces up and down the UK.
David Sawer’s new piece will be recorded in the summer of 2014, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and made available as a download by NMC recordings.
Soon, we’ll be getting a special website up and running, where you can keep track of the Tour de Brass!, checking on concerts in your area, and then uploading pictures, videos and reviews.
UPDATE: The Tour de Brass! has also been awarded funding by the Britten-Pears Foundation. Many thanks to them for their kind support.
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…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.