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Playing in St Mary's Haddington

St Mary’s Haddington – 2022

St Mary’s Church Haddington, with the Garleton Singers – 2022

11th June 2022

We recorded the Haddington Psalms during lockdown; which entailed recording our individual parts on our iphones in our living rooms while filming ourselves doing it! It was then edited together and put online and miraculously it worked! This major work running over 30 mins long for Choir, The Garleton Singers, and large brass ensemble, Organ & Percussion was written by Scottish composer Nigel Don.

In June 2022 we had the privilege of playing it live in St Mary’s Church Haddington to a full and enthusiastic audience. We augmented Brass Tracks as we needed 4 trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, & French Horn. The brass writing was extremely well constructed and we thoroughly enjoyed playing it. It was well conducted by Stephen Doughty and we also did several other pieces in the first half for choir and Brass. Both versions are still available on the internet.

The members of Brass Tracks

Johnstone Town Hall – 2019

Johnstone Town Hall – 2019

2nd Nov 2019

It was exciting to be asked to play at the Johnstone’s Band open day where we finished off the day with an hour of eclectic brass music. All the audience in the town hall were either brass players or related to brass players with all of the Johnstone band in attendance. We would like to be involved with more of these concerts which included a workshop by RSNO principal trombone Davur Juul Magnussun and a solo by Whitburn principal cornet Chris Bradley. Brass Chamber music and Brass Bands have a lot to share!

Playing in the gazebo at Dalswinton

Dalswinton Estate – 2019

Wedding at Dalswinton Estate, Dumfries & Galloway – 2019

7th Sept 2019

This is a most beautiful venue. It is a large open air green area surrounded by a wooded glen filled with old trees and a fair sized loch at the foot of the estate visible from where we played and imbued with a quiet peacefulness. There was an old path around three hundred meters from where there was a gazebo and a building that fitted the surroundings where the food is prepared and has a large tasteful bar. A vintage wedding car slowly pulled up on the path and the bride and groom then walked to the outside area where we played them up with the march from Aida. Then for the next two hours while drinks and food were served al fresco to the guests we played a selection of light popular music that went down extremely well with guests coming up and humming, singing and even dancing with many saying that the brass group complemented the stunning surroundings! The sun shone, the band played and guests had fun. James Cunningham deputised on Tuba for Robert Fraser.

St Wilfrid’s Church Recital – 2019

St Wilfrid’s Church Recital, Kirkharle, Northumberland – 2019

Aug 2019

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 as we were of the coffee and hot lunch. James Cunningham deputised on tuba for the indisposed Robert Fraser.

Johnstone Brass Day 2019

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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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.

Dumfries 2019

This is a most beautiful venue. It is a large open air green area surrounded by a wooded glen filled with old trees and a loch at the foot of the estate visible from where we played and imbued with a quiet peacefulness. There was an old path around three hundred meters from where there was a gazebo and a building that fitted the surroundings where the food is prepared and has a large tasteful bar. A vintage wedding car slowly pulled up on the path and the bride and groom then walked to the outside area where we played them up with the march from Aida. Then for the next two hours while drinks and food were served al fresco to the guests we played a selection of light popular music that went down extremely well with guests coming up and humming,singing and even dancing with many saying that the the brass group complemented the stunning surroundings! The sun shone,the band played and guests had fun. James Cunningham deputised on tuba for Robert Fraser.