Happy 20th, Onyx!

Pro brass players shouldn't really have any trouble blowing out the candles!

Pro brass players shouldn’t really have any trouble blowing out the candles!

Onyx Brass turns 20 this year, and the party has already started! During the first half of the year, we’re celebrating with other young people in a series of family concerts and evening concerts withMusic in the Round, who specialise in providing informal performances by great musicians. That suits us down to the ground, and we’re looking forward to meeting the next generation of concert-goer, too.

Last year, we premiered Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s “The Madness Industry”. Audiences loved it, and the new piece is at the centre of our programmes in their 20th anniversary year. Cheryl heard the group perform it last night in Milton Keynes, and was very pleased – a great birthday present.

In May, we will be at Kings Place in London, as part of their “Bach Unwrapped” season, playing some of the most popular music from our “Fugue” and “Time to Time” CDs, as well as transcriptions of grander works by the Baroque master, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor.

All of this, though, is laying the groundwork for some very exciting plans we have for 2014 – when Onyx will be coming of age, 21!

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