Onyx Brass

Sample programmes


This programme of Romantic music represents a new and exciting chapter in the Onyx Brass story. This carefully selected group of pieces have many common emotional threads: nostalgia, wistfulness, sorrow and tranquillity to name but a few.

The clarity of texture and melodic line in the originals means that we fervently believe that everything here makes the voyage to brass very successfully, and will enhance the listener’s understanding and appreciation of these extraordinary masterpieces.

Brahms (arr. Maynard) – Intermezzo in E flat Op. 117 No. 1
Brahms (arr. Maynard) – Intermezzo in A Op. 118 No. 2
Brahms (arr. Maynard) – Ballade in G minor Op. 118 No. 3
Schumann (arr. Miller) – Scenes from Childhood
Janacek (arr. Hollings) – On an Overgrown Path, Book 2
Brahms (arr. Gordon-Shute) – Three Motets, Op. 110
Mendelssohn (arr. Thomson) – Song without Words Op. 38 No. 7 ‘Duetto’
Chopin (arr. Maynard) – Prelude Op. 28 in D flat ‘Raindrop’
Brahms (arr. Thomson) – Geistliches Lied



The Golden Age is one of Onyx’s most popular programmes: the five plucky brass players take you on an illustrated journey from 1612 to 2012, featuring spectacular music from the English Renaissance including Monteverdi, Dowland, Tallis, Purcell, Gabrieli and Holborne and some colourful and, perhaps, surprising latter-day responses from some of Onyx’s favourite living composers.

*Monteverdi arr. Horn – Ritornello from the Vespers (1612)
*Dowland arr. Jackson – Three movements from “Lachrymae” (Flow my Tears)
Purcell arr. D.G. Shute – Remember not Lord our Offences
Tim Jackson – Seventeen Variations on a Theme of John Dowland
*A Gabrieli – Ricercar del duodecimi tuoni
*X. Montsalvatge – Questions and Answers on a Ricercar of Andrea Gabrieli
*Purcell arr. D.G. Shute – Fantasia on One Note
*Holborne arr. Dart – Dance Suite
Elliott Carter – One Note Fantasy
*Tim Jackson – Anything But
Tallis – Hymn Tune
Tim Jackson – Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis

* = lunchtime concert version



From Bach to Shostakovich, many composers have risen to the challenge of fugue. Bach’s The Art of Fugue set the mark for exceptional craftsmanship and elegance, and a selection of the very greatest are presented in this programme, alongside Shostakovich’s equally powerful contributions. Peppered in are ripostes in a range of styles, all wonderfully elucidated by the quintet in their recent CD The Art of Fugue.

*Bruckner –  Postludium
*Bach arr. D.G. Shute  – Fugue in C major
*Shostakovich arr. Amos Miller – Fugue in C major
*A. Werkman – Partita no 1
*Shostakovich arr. Amos Miller – Fugue in D major
*Bach arr. Niall Keatley – Fugue in D major
*Malcolm Arnold – Quintet
Bach arr. D.G. Shute – Fugue in A flat major
Shostakovich arr. Andrew Sutton – Fugue in A flat major
A.Werkman – Partita no 2
Tim Jackson – Anything But
*Shostakovich arr. Brian Thomson – Fugue in G minor
*Bach arr. Wright – Fugue in G minor
*Bach – Chorale Prelude Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland

* = lunchtime concert version



Onyx’s recent CD, Time to Time, released in 2011, and features well-known classics such as Copland’s exuberant Rodeo, plus Charles Ives and Samuel Barber alongside James MacMillan, Joe Duddell and Stuart Macrae, and ending on a lighter note with a selection of music from Broadway.

*James Maynard –  Fanfare
Tim Jackson –  Two Haiku
*Stuart Macrae – Two Cairns
*Ives arr. Howey – Variations on America
*James MacMillan – Adam’s Rib
Graham Lynch – Red Fuji
Tim Jackson – Anything But
*Copland arr. Hollings – Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
*And including songs from Broadway

* = lunchtime concert version