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Onyx to give streamed concert for JAM on the Marsh Festival

We are so please to announce that on August 8th at 730pm, JAM on the Marsh Festival will be live streaming a concert we recorded for them in Hythe. Due to the ongoing Covid 19 situation, the festival as planned sadly was shelved. However Ed Armitage and Festival Director Michael Bawtree have curated JAM on the Marsh: Virtual with nine concerts and three exhibitions online from 6th – 15th August.

The concert, recorded as live in one take with no breaks or edits, is based around our recent NMC Recordings jazz inspired disc, Onyx Noir. It features works by Kenny Wheeler, Trish Clowes, Jason Rebello, Laurence Cottle, Colin Skinner and Mark Nightingale but also a new arrangement by Gershwin and one of Herbert Chappell’s Hollywood Portraits to round off the evening.

View the concert here.

The Future is Outdoors with Instant Concert

Instant Concert

Back in June, we got together for a tentative rehearsal and it got us thinking how we can move forward in these socially distant times. No indoor performing and the need to be 2 metres or more apart, we settled on a concept we’ve titled Instant Concert.

And for the want of a better phrase , it does what it says on the tin. We arrive, set up and perform. Nothing is needed by the venue as the ensemble is entirely self sufficient. Portable, weatherproof and audible across large distances, we are able to present a large selection of serious classical music to light, jazzy numbers suitable to be adapted to any outdoor occasion.

Sounds interesting? We’ve played at intimate garden parties to large outdoor events and would be more than happy to advise you on how the group could be involved. Please get in touch here.

Onyx become a trio for Eternity

During the Covid-19 lockdown period in the UK, we have been searching for things we can put together from a distance, and we are so grateful to Emily Hall who has allowed us to transcribe her short work, Eternity, for two Flugelhorns and French horn. Originally written for three female voices, the piece consists of three simple lines that create a timeless, mesmeric quality.

The piece was put together by first recording the audio remotely then each player choosing a suitable location near to their homes to shoot their video.

1 Minute of Dowland

Mr Nicholas Gryffith, His Galiard by John Downland, transcribed by Timothy Jackson. Taken from the suite, Five Movements from Lachrimae. Recorded at St George’s Guildhall, King’s Lynn on 27th October 2019.