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Press Reviews and Fringe Concerts

Brass Tracks returned once again to the Edinburgh Fringe 2019 with a family friendly accessible  programme that covered 500 years of music  at St Mark’s Church.  This year Brass Tracks enjoyed its biggest audience in the five years at the fringe with over 150 people in attendance.   Brass Tracks were sponsored by HIDDEN HEARING this year and their logo adorned posters and flyers.   Hidden Hearing produced banners at the performance and a free goodie bag for all!  William Williamson a professional singer from Dumfriesshire sang the Scottish folk song, Annie Laurie with the quintet arranged by the group’s horn player, Robert Newth which was a first for the quintet.

Brass Tracks (Three Weeks)

By  | Published on Saturday 17 August 2019

Monteverdi was a bold (and chronologically correct!) start to this professional brass quintet concert.  The band quickly established a rapport with their audience by introducing singer William Williamson in their own touching arrangement of ‘Annie Laurie’ for brass quintet and voice. ‘Night on Bare Mountain’ was highly dramatic, displaying a good partnership between trombone and tuba in an atmosphere of booming menace. Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ was enjoyable, and the chat between music was entertaining and informative. ‘St Louis Blues’, the original 12 bar blues, was also great- a memorable highlight during a lively concert. Brass concerts offer variety, joie de vivre and camaraderie – this one was no exception!

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tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers] (Three Weeks)

Brass Tracks Quintet, [email protected]’s, Review

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Rating (4 out of 5 stars)

Brass Tracks held before us “a kaleidoscopic musical brass journey spanning the last 500 years” – and they certainly delivered on their promise. This was a thoroughly enjoyable performance, that took us to different eras and across different landscapes.

Reflecting the fact that 2018 is the Year of Young People in Scotland, many of the pieces chosen would have been familiar to the audience from childhood years. The concert was very family-friendly (there were quite a number present), and a particularly nice touch was the performers’ acknowledgement and interaction with the children.

Good humour flowed throughout the evening, and ensured a comfortable and easy atmosphere, in which people were able to relax in enjoying the music performed. Each item was helpfully introduced, often with accompanying humorous anecdotes. The repertoire of pieces was incredibly wide-ranging, from ‘Pastime with Good Company’ by Henry VIII, to ‘Tico Tico’ which featured in the closing ceremony of the 2016 Brazilian Olympics.

An upbeat feel was always maintained, and the performance became technically more solid and accurate as it progressed; even the more sombre items, recalling the 100th anniversary of WWI, were enjoyed with a gentle reminiscence of another age and generation.

The musicians had clearly done their homework in researching the history of the pieces, and this was reflected in the how they spoke of and performed them. From the battlefields of France to the highlands of Scotland, there was something in this concert for everyone. The performance finished at 7.35pm.

Brass Tracks Quintet, Monday 13th August, 6.30pm, [email protected]’s

4 star review from The Edinburgh Guide for our Edinburgh Festival Fringe Concert 2018.  https://www.edinburghguide.com/festival/2018/edinburghfringe/brasstracksquintetartspacestmarksreview-19450British Bandsman Review : Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August 2017

(Click on link)  Dunfermline Press: March 2017

Brass Tracks close Newton Stewart’s Season.

(Click on link). Arran Banner, Review, October, 2015

(Click on link).  Arran Banner,  Preview Autumn 2015

Brass Tracks first appearance as a group in Glasgow Evening Times, 2013.

 

 

Recording

Brass Tracks enjoy the challenges of recording and will continue to record this year.   The brass ensemble have set 2020 as their aim to complete an album of original music for brass quintet and look forward to sharing further news on this development later in the year.

Back in June 2019 Brass Tracks were able to book a recording session at the Slate Room in Pencaitland with master recording engineer, Garry Boyle.  This was made possible due to the generous sponsorship by UK company, Hidden Hearing

In June 2017 Brass Tracks were given the opportunity to try out the new recording equipment in the band hall of champion section brass band, Whitburn – Scotland’s finest brass band.  Brass Tracks recorded a number of arrangements for brass quintet, including, Gershwin’s, Four Hits For Five.

In 2014 Brass Tracks recorded their first collection of brass quintet music, which included a variety of sample tracks from music of the last 500 years to music from the Golden Age of television and film.

Wedding Music

Brass Tracks is frequently requested to perform at weddings in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland.   This is recording of Brass Tracks performing a ceremonial favourite, Jeremiah Clarke’s, Trumpet Voluntary at Edinburgh’s Canongait Kirk Hall – the Queen’s parish when at home in Holyrood Palace.  This gives a sample of what many brides wish to walk down the aisle to on their wedding day.  Brass Tracks can suggest or recommend other suitable repertoire for a wedding ceremony and offer a light musical set for an accompanying drinks reception or wedding breakfast.

BBC’s Rillington Place

A short clip of Brass Tracks’ appearance and recording on BBC prime time drama, Rillington Place in April, 2016 .  The scene features Hollywood actors Tim Roth and Samantha Morton. Trumpeter, Finlay Hetherington of Brass Tracks also arranged the music, Whispering Grass and The Very Thought of You for brass sextet.