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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Edinburgh College – Concert and Q&A Session.
Edinburgh College is a further education institute that offers HND and Bmus Hons courses in classical and pop music performance. Each year in early February the college hosts an employability week. This is an opportunity for guest musicians and performers who are invited into the college music department to meet and play to students.
This year it was Brass Tracks turn to perform at Edinburgh College, which kick started their 2018 performances. Over lunch time Brass Tracks performed to a full Music Box auditorium. The concert and Question and Answer session which followed was open to all of the music students.
The 5 February concert featured a programme that offered a snapshot of music either arranged or written originally for brass quintet. The selection of music chosen by Brass Tracks offered a chronological impression of musical genres over the centuries. It illustrated the versatility of brass quintet music and the ability to have an even balance of the five individual brass voices.
Here is a little feedback from our time at Edinburgh College from Laurie Crump, Senior Lecturer in Music.
” Massive thanks to Brass Tracks for a superb lunchtime concert at Edinburgh College. We heard a huge range of repertoire – ceremonial music, Renaissance music for dancing, nineteenth century Russian concert repertoire, music theatre song arrangements, jazz standards and more, with an intricate arrangement of ‘When I’m 64’ one of the highlights. Each piece was expertly performed, with generous spoken introductions in every case; and following the concert, there were several fascinating insights into the world of the working musician from all five players. A great event and a treat to hear you! “