Onyx Brass

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Onyx to Release New Single

Way back in 2014 we recorded the music that Dave had composed for his sister’s wedding. Originally planned as just a personal momento, the recording was taken in studio conditions so what better than to release it as a single to lighten moods in these dark days of Winter and Covid-19 lockdowns. In two versions,…

New Christmas Recording with Winchester College Chapel Choir

Released on 16th October 2020, by Signum Records, this is a beautiful collection of Christmas music fantastically sung by Winchester College Chapel Choir directed by Howard Ionascu featuring added sparkle from Onyx Brass. It includes many of the popular seasonal numbers in brand new arrangements especially for this recording, and features two solo quintet numbers,…

Onyx Perform Malcolm Arnold Quintet at 2020 Malcolm Arnold Festival

Saturday 17th October sees us performing Malcolm Arnold’s Brass Quintet no.1 for the 2020 Malcolm Arnold Festival.

Due to the current COVID restrictions, we recorded the piece a few weeks ago so you can catch it online from the comfort of your own home at 730pm as part of the evening concert. The festival itself is run by the Malcolm Arnold Society and sees a large number of events from 16th-18th Oct.

Huge thanks goes to Ryan Linham for stepping in at the last moment when Alan was ill.

As a taster, here’s a #1minuteof clip of the 3rd movement.

Onyx Brass record Festmusik by Richard Strauss with John Wilson

Festmusik der Stadt Wien, Onyx Brass, John Wilson

Over the weekend of 4/5 October, we got together along with a few friends to record a new disc for Chandos Records. Revisiting our collaboration with John Wilson from Fanfares, the recording has Festmusik der Stadt Wien by Richard Strauss as its centrepiece and brought together the finest brass-playing talent from across Britain.

Also included on the disc will be new arrangements of vocal motets, again by Strauss and smaller scale transcriptions for the quintet of music by Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Rubinstein and Franz.

We will keep you posted with the release date.

Here is the line up:

Trumpets – Alan Thomas, Niall Keatley, Philip Cobb, James Fountain, Christian Barraclough, Simon Cox, Ryan Linham, Catherine Knight, Richard Blake, Matthew Williams
Trombones – Amos Miller, Peter Moore, Matthew Gee, Matthew Knight, Richard Watkin
Bass Trombones – Dan West, Paul Lambert
Tubas – David Gordon Shute Sasha Koushk-Jalali
Horns – Andrew Sutton, David Pyatt
Timpani – Scott Bywater

Alternative Classical for Onyx Brass

Some sad news, immediately followed by some exciting news! First the sad news, today sees us part company with our agents, Bright Ivy. Huge thank you to Philip Venables, Joel Garthwaite, and Hanna Grzeskiewicz for being such sources of inspiration, information and looking after us so well. But now the exciting news, and today we…