Category Archives: Fringe

Kirkharle Concert Series

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 our 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.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

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.

Press Reviews

Brass Tracks returned once again to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2023 and the ArtSpace@St Mark’s with a family friendly accessible programme featuring the finest film soundtracks. Brass Tracks are fortunate to enjoy a home audience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a consistently high attendance over the past few years. A four star review in the Edinburgh Guide states, ‘What is so wonderful about this quintet is the strength they bring to the quality of sound with their particular blend of instruments, filling the air with an emotional charge of memories…’ Read the full review in the following link below.

Brass Tracks have been previously sponsored by the company Hidden Hearing, to support the importance of ear protection. Hidden Hearing produced banners at the performance and a free goodie bag for all. In 2019 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. This was the first time of introducing a singer within the ensemble.

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!

artSpace@StMarks, run ended.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers] (Three Weeks)

Brass Tracks Quintet, artSpace@StMark’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, artSpace@StMark’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.