Onyx are kicking off John Armitage Memorial 2014 season next month. Onyx has launched the season since they began in 2000, so this marks 14 years of partnership. We’ve given world premieres of works by some of the UK’s most significant composers, including Judith Bingham, Jonathan Dove, Gabriel Jackson, Tarik O’Regan. Equally importantly, we have…
Our January visit to Freshwater on the Isle of Wight had so many reasons to be special and even the breakdown of Dave’s car failed to dampen the spirits. First of all the weather was stunning. The ferry crossing showed the whole area in what can only be described as perfect conditions, the water was…
One of the most engaging concerts I have attended in some time. Their obvious enthusiasm for the repertoire was infectious. I’ve never heard contemporary music sound so accessible. The audience loved it.
Tom Lewis, EMI Classics
With its scrupulous attention to balance, timbre and nuance of phrasing, it is reminiscent of the Philip Jones quintet in its prime, where total integration of five musical personalities becomes an ensemble that is much more than the sum of its parts….five stars.
BBC Music Magazine
Onyx Brass come alive as responsive individuals most readily in the Shostakovich. The G major fugue is supremely virtuoso, the E minor resplendent and dramatic, the D major questing and deft. And then comes the urgency of the G sharp minor, the multi-layered A flat and the orchestrally-inspired struggle of the D minor (marked resonancesof the Fifth Symphony in its new guise) – all delivered with a liberated and characterful imagination…The real achievement, however, is the Shostakovich, already downloaded on my iPod as some of the most thrilling chamber brass-playing of its kind.
Gramophone on Fugue, Sept 2008
Bravo the Onyx!
Brilliant…the quality of brass tone and clarity of technique was evident. The members of the quintet shared responsibility for educating and entertaining the audience in a witty and informative manner … delighted the audience.
The Barrie Examiner, Canada