Symphonic Brass!!

Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to hear the fantastic Symphonic Brass of London at St Barnabas church in Beckenham. The first time was when they were playing in their dectet formation, and then a few weeks back, I went to hear the quintet at the same venue. 

What a terrific group of players they are, comprising players from the top London orchestras. The first event was very reminiscent to me of Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, although they didn’t play anything from that era, but concentrated on the material from their excellent album, ‘A Bridge over the Pyrenees’, and the second concert being quintet used a fair number of Canadian Brass arrangements – all excellent! 

Part of their ‘raison d’être’ is their desire to give back to the community, in this case Beckenham (where they are ‘officially’ based) and the surrounding area. They spend a lot time working with local schools coaching, teaching and encouraging young people in the art of making brass music (in particular), and it’s usual for these young groups to take part in the concerts that the group give. 

On which note, I’d like to bring to your attention a couple of upcoming events. The Symphonic Brass of London are performing in Chichester on 19th June, and again in Beckhenham on 26th June. Both of these concerts will be well worth the effort of going along to! Promise! You will not be dissapointed! 

Details below:

   
 

BTS National Trombone Day

if you enjoyed attending, or reading about Bromley Trombone Workshop, you could well enjoy this! The BTS National Trombone Day is on a whole different scale, and includes some of the very best trombone talent around, gathered together for one day in June at the Royal Academy of Music in London. 

Check out the poster and get yourself there! It’ll be a corker of a day…

  

Final three Bones Apart videos now released

I have now uploaded the final three videos of Bones Apart to YouTube, and you can access them via the BTW 2015 Videos page (where you can also see the Black Dyke Trombone Quartet videos as well).

These are:

  • Poem Unlimited
  • So In Love
  • Too Darn Hot

Terrific performances.

Enjoy!

Rich

Bromley Trombone Workshop 2015 – Review

I’ve finally had time to write up a report of the workshop and the concert that took place on Saturday March 28th! What a great day! Anyway, you can find the review from the main menu or you can click here. Hope you like it…

There has been, and still is, a great deal of interest in the workshop and the concert at Bromley Salvation Army, and people still stop me to say how much they enjoyed it. I had lots of great feedback, which is very gratifying and makes the whole thing worthwhile.

If you haven’t already seen them, there are some terrific pictures which you can view here and some videos which were filmed during the day of both the Black Dyke Trombone Quartet and Bones Apart sessions. These are well worth a watch.

Enjoy!

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Bones Apart and Black Dyke Trombone Quartet Videos – Bromley Trombone Day

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Bones Apart and Black Dyke Trombone Quartets (L-R: Helen Vollam, Adrian Hirst, Garry Reed, Jayne Murrill, Sarah Williams, Paul Woodward, Becky Smith, Brett Baker)

I’m sorry that I have not posted a review yet of the trombone day or the concert…been a bit busy visiting Venice over the weekend and working last week (as I am this week!). I hope to be able to do so in the next few days.

However, I did find time to upload some video of the Black Dyke Trombone Quartet and Bones Apart sessions, which can be viewed below, or on YouTube. The videos take a lot less effort to sort out, than sitting down to write so I decided I could make a start on those!

The videos have already seen a lot of traffic, but one of the Black Dyke Trombone videos has received over 3000 views!

Below are the videos uploaded so far. There are a few more which I hope to be able to upload once everyone is happy with them and correct permissions have been granted.

Enjoy!

R

Bones Apart

Black Dyke Trombone Quartet

It’s nearly here!!

It’s only few days now until Bromley Trombone Workshop opens it’s doors on Saturday 28th March at 9.30.

Everything is in place, we have delegates, we have guests, we have a band, we have a concert and we have tea and coffee (plus biscuits!). Man, oh man, do we know how to live!

So…we have a few places left for the workshop! Yep, I know! I mean seriously? With that line up? You’d think they’d all have gone! That’s just how it is sometimes – people are busy and all…

But the chores will wait until next week! If you play trombone come along; if you used to play trombone, dust it off and bring it along and get reacquainted with it; if you think you’d like to start playing and want to see what trombone people are all about, come along and check us out!

If you are interested please do let me know – preferably before Saturday! Likewise if you know anyone who might be interested in a fun day out with trombones – spread the word.

We have a great day planned, and of course we also have a great concert to follow the whole thing up with, where you will have the chance to hear some absolutely world class musicians playing live – in Bromley! And that doesn’t happen very often!

So why not come and join us, along with Brett, Paul, Garry & Adrian (Black Dyke Trombone Quartet) and Helen, Becky, Jayne & Lorna (Bones Apart) for a great day of music making, come and meet some new friends and just have a blast – literally and metaphorically!

A reminder of the details:

The day starts at 9.30 for a 10.00 start.

Cost for the day: £10.00 (£6 for students) including for evening festival

Don’t for get the evening Concert: 6.30pm – £5.00 admission

We look forward to welcoming you on Saturday!

As usual you can email to rich.debonnaire@me.com.

Cheers!

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I may be developing a new idea…



Low Brass!!

I’ve seen this video before, but a friend posted it on the Bromley Trombone Workshop Facebook page, and I wonder if a low brass workshop might not be necessary? 

http://youtu.be/vTDEVUlCClk