Onyx Brass

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Dave gives the back story to Festmusik: A Legacy

A Letter from Johannes Brahms

This latest recording project upon which Onyx have embarked has been extraordinary in all sorts of ways. It consists of almost exactly half chamber music and half large brass ensemble with our friend John Wilson directing us. There is a specific reason for these repertoire choices: every single piece which has been chosen was selected…

Festmusik: A Legacy to be released on 30 April

News hot off the press is that the long anticipated release of Festmusik: A Legacy is to happen on 30th April 2021. Recorded by Chandos Records, it features Onyx alongside John Wilson and Septura in an uplifting new rendition of the eponymous Strauss work for brass. Alongside this are new transcriptions of Zwei Gesänge by…

Festmusik is getting closer

All the audio editing is done, now it’s the turn of the video. Here are some stills from the three big pieces that are coming your way on our new John Wilson/Chandos Records recording, A Legacy. Alongside Festmusik der Stadt Wien there are new transcriptions of two gorgeous sixteen part Strauss motets, Der Abend and…

Imperial College Concert YouTube Premiere Link

Onyx Brass at Imperial College Lunchtime Series

January 28th at 12.45pm sees the release of our pre-recorded concert that we made back in December for the Imperial College Lunchtime Series. Use the YouTube window above to view it via the IC Channel. It includes a 15 minute “Live Notes” chat by Dr Bruno Bower beforehand.

Guest Trumpets – Phil Cobb, Ryan Linham

Kenny Wheeler One for Five video released on YouTube

Onyx Brass perform One for Five at JAM on the Marsh:Virtual

Six months ago in July 2020 we recorded a virtual concert for JAM on the Marsh:Virtual in Hythe. Included in the programme was the first movement of Kenny Wheeler’s One for Five and we are pleased to have uploaded the full version to YouTube for for everyone to watch.

This piece was the whole genesis of the Onyx Noir jazz disc, produced by NMC Recordings, it served as inspiration for the other eleven composers featured to contribute. Should you be interested in hearing the second movement or indeed the whole disc, click here.

A huge thank you goes to Ed Armitage and all the team at JAM for allowing us to use this recording on our YouTube Channel.

IC Concert to Air on YouTube Premiere

After recording our annual Imperial College concert back in December, we are pleased to announce that it will be broadcast on the IC YouTube channel at 1pm GMT on 28th January. The concert was recorded by Black Swan Media and includes music by Arnold, Wolfenden, Gershwin, LaSalle and two larger ensemble pieces by Bliss and…