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!