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Tour de Brass! at the Commonwealth Games

Since March, when we kicked off our Tour de Brass! by giving the world première of David Sawer’s Bronze and Iron on the steps of the Royal Concert Halls in Glasgow, Onyx has been having a fantastic time reaching new audiences and thrilling our fans by taking our music out of the concert hall and into community spaces. Our tour of…

Onyx gets Romantic

Onyx was joined by some of the best brass players around for a few days last month, recording a new CD of brass music from the Romantic period. The CD, to be released by Meridian includes new arrangements of chorale preludes and piano pieces by Brahms, Chopin’s Prelude no. 12 in C minor, and Janacek’s…

Grand Départ of the Tour de Brass!

Onyx launched its major project of 2014 a few weeks ago. On March 22nd, we performed the world premiere of David Sawer’s new work “Bronze and Iron” composed especially for us and the Tour de Brass! “Bronze and Iron” forms the centrepiece of our UK tour of free outdoor recitals, and it was a great…

Onyx back in Blighty

Onyx Brass is back in Blighty after visiting the Bermuda Festival where, as well as giving a recital, we led two workshops – one for advanced students and one for all-comers. Players from each group even joined us in a few pieces in the evening concert. Bermuda’s Royal Gazette has a lovely review of the…

Back to the Isle of Wight

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…