ONYX BRASS

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Onyx Two Days in Devon and Hertfordshire

September 17th and 18th see the group travelling around in their return to some semblance of normality after the last eighteen months. First up is a visit to Hertfordshire and a concert to open the Sarratt Festival of Music 2021. This was originally a concert that was scheduled one year ago but was postponed due…

Group to Premiere Music For Rooftops in Eastbourne

Saturday 28th August sees Onyx Brass visiting Eastbourne to perform the premiere of Clive Whitburn’s Music for Rooftops. In what will be a perfect piece for our outdoor, socially distant times, it forms the centre piece of a recital taking place on the balcony of the town’s Congress Theatre. The composer writes: “As dusk falls…

Onyx to Premiere Rhombus

Tuesday 13th July sees us return to a live audience for the first time in 2021 and only the second time since the pandemic began back in March 2020. While we haven’t been idle, returning to a semblance of normality is hugely exciting and it’s fitting that one of our main supporters, JAM, are giving…

JAM on the Marsh 2021

It’s JAM on the Marsh time, and this year is especially exciting due to live audiences being allowed back after last year’s virtual offering. In keeping with the festival’s commitment to commissioning new music and giving second (or more) performances of these commissions, both concerts we are involved in contain world premieres and the revisiting…

5 Star Reviews for Festmusik

Great to see that Festmusik: A Legacy is getting a lot of notice from the music press. Hot on the heels of the exemplary review from BBC Record Review, both Classical Music Magazine and the specialist brass website, 4Barsrest.com, awarded our Chandos recording 5 stars. Both reviews are very complementary about the title track with…

Festmusik on BBC Radio 3 Record Review

Saturday 5th June saw Festmusik: A Legacy featured on Andrew McGregor’s programme, Record Review. Andrew, alongside his guest, the pianist Roger Vignoles, showered praise on the recording with both commenting positively. Roger began by describing us as a “wonderful, virtuosic brass quintet” and went on to say the disc is “extraordinary…so enjoyable” and the music…