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St Wilfrid’s Church

St Wilfrid’s Church, Kirkharle in Northumberland was a beautiful place to play in August 2019.  Most of the current building dates back to 1336 and it was a pleasure to play there with a full programme with a range of 500 years.  It is isolated from main roads and it was as if time stood still as we performed there as part of a regular concert series that attracts many well known ensembles.  The natural light with the sound of brass cascaded around walls that have the ears of nearly seven hundred years of listening!  A stunning acoustic for brass quintet.  The organisers and audience were wonderfully friendly and appreciative and the coffee and lunch hot and homemade.  James Cunningham deputised on Tuba for the indisposed Robert Fraser.

Johnstone Brass Day 2019

Brass Day 2019 is a chance to listen to a variety of instruments, bands and groups, for players to take part in workshops and performances, and to try out a brass instrument. We’ll be at Johnstone Town Hall and kicking off at 1pm, with a Scratch Band Finale at 5pm, hoping to feature a brass version of the Saint-Saens organ symphony – expect bold and brassy!

Highlights include a workshop from RSNO principal trombonist Dávur Juul Magnussen a solo performance by Chris Bradley, principal cornet of Whitburn Band, and a performance from Brass Tracks quintet.

We would love to see anyone interested in playing or trying brass or percussion. That could be listening or taking part in workshops and our finale scratch band.

Brass Day 2019 is funded by the Renfrewshire Council Culture Heritage and Arts Fund.

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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

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. 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.



Glasgow Recital

On Saturday 2nd May there will be a recital given by Brass Tracks with their first performance in Renfield St Stephens Church Centre, Glasgow.  Their lunchtime concert begins at 1pm and will feature a diverse programme of music, including music by James Maynard, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Gerardo Rodríguez and perhaps something from a little closer to home by Dougie MacLean.

Brass Tracks enjoy playing contrasting musical styles from baroque, swing, contemporary popular classics and exploring not only different periods of music, but also the numerous arrangements written for brass quintet. Some of their repertoire has been previously written for musicals, film or originally written for different instrumentation.

Come along a listen to this wide ranging programme which will hopefully leave you wanting to hear more. Please click on the link below for further details.