Onyx Brass

New Support means New Music

We are delighted that the PRS for Music Foundation and the RVW Trust have agreed to fund us in their latest project – a new commission from Cheryl Frances-Hoad to be premiered in Autumn 2012. The exciting young British composer has won a whole host of awards for her work and is one of the rising stars of the British music scene.

Cheryl will be writing us a brass quintet called ‘The Madness Industry’ – a multi-movement piece investigating the theme of psychopathology in everyday society. In 2008, Cheryl became Artist in Residence at the Cambridge University Psychiatry Department, an experience which has given her great insight into aspects of the human mind and has influenced a number of her recent compositions.

We are extremely excited to be able to work with Cheryl on this project. Not only will it generate a serious new chamber work for brass ensemble, but will also highlight a serious social, medical issue. We are also extremely grateful to PRSF and the RVW Trust for their generous support, without which we’d probably have spent next Autumn practising our Christmas Carols!

The first performance will be at Richmond Concert Society on the 25th September 2012. Keep an eye out for news and further developments.

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