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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Onyx Brass made another lively appearance last Thursday on In Tune, BBC Radio 3′s drivetime show with Sean Rafferty. The quintet were promoting their gala performance at the Southbank Centre, which is this coming Thursday at 7.45pm. Tickets are still available here. They performed live in the studio with baritone Mark Stone – check it out here!
We were delighted with Endymion’s late-night performance of Arvo Pärt a few weeks ago at Wigmore Hall with the wonderful EXAUDI. They performed in Wigmore Hall’s new late-night series, at 10pm on Friday 8th July. The hall was really full (busier than for the 7pm concert that night!) and the atmosphere was really serene and concentrated, for four contrasting pieces of Pärt: Fratres, Summa, Pilgrim’s Song and the Stabat Mater.
Geoff Brown reviewed for The Times:
“One Arvo Pärt work followed another, from the chord sequences of Fratres to the measured sorrows of his Stabat Mater setting: music of rapturous, daring simplicity, vigorously etched by a string quartet drawn from Endymion and three of Exaudi’s fearless voices.”
This was the first performance in a line of Arvo Pärt performances, not least of Endymion’s large Music for People project at Southbank Centre on 19th and 21st September, when they’ll be joining up with EXAUDI again to perform more Pärt, plus some Morton Feldman and four new commissions from James Weeks, Joanna Bailie, Andrew Hamilton and Philip Venables. More to follow on here soon, but book your tickets now.
Monday 19th September: Pärt, Venables, Bailie.
Wednesday 21st September: Feldman, Hamilton, Weeks.
The photo here is Endymion rehearsing Summa in Wigmore Hall on the morning of the concert.