A4 Brass Quartet
Programme to include:
Toccata – Jonathan Bates
Overture to ‘The Bartered Bride’ – Smetana
Fugue in G minor – J.S. Bach
Six Romanian Folk Dances – Bartok
Street Songs: Movement 4 – Bramwell Tovey
Libertango – Piazzolla
Deuxieme Arabesque – Debussy
Electra Dances – Martin Ellerby
Shepherd’s Hey – Grainger
Carnival of Venice – J B Arban
Winners of the Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Competition in 2018, this exemplary group bring style and polish to everything they play.
With “technical virtuosity in abundance” (Brass Band World), these four accomplished musicians, all principal players from some of the UK’s top brass bands (including Grimethorpe Colliery, Brighouse & Rastrick and Foden’s) come together to perform both lyrical and high-octane works.
Tonight’s programme has been carefully chosen to display the ensemble’s virtuosity to the full: whether in arrangements of more familiar gems or in brand news works written especially for them. A must for all lovers of brass at its best!
The Quartet has performed widely throughout the UK appearing at major venues and festivals including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room, St. Margaret’s Church Westminster Abbey (for Park Lane Group), Lake District Summer Music and King’s Lynn Festivals.
More recently they have completed engagements which included a residency at the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland, a concert in the Ceresio Estate Festival in Switzerland and a re-invitation to the Trakai Fanfare Week in Lithuania.
The Quartet has featured on national television and radio, appearing three times on both ITV’s Christmas Carol Concerts and BBC Radio 3’s ‘In-Tune’ with Sean Rafferty and Katie Derham. In 2016 they released their debut CD at the RNCM Brass Band Festival featuring new, original music composed for them, including works by Martin Ellerby, Edward Gregson, Oliver Waespi and Nigel Clarke.
A4 Brass have won numerous prizes and awards including the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition, a Tunnell Trust Award, the Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Platform series and the Musicians’ Company Concert Series.
The Quartet has a unique blend of instruments, with a cornet, tenor horn, baritone and euphonium creating an exclusive sound that stands out from the standard brass quartet. With this unusual instrumentation, A4 Brass has actively developed their repertoire, commissioning new music, composing and arranging music themselves.