Dalswinton Estate, Dumfries – 2023

Dalswinton Estate, Dumfries – 60th birthdy party – 2023

4th Aug 2023

We returned to the stunning estate of Dalswinton to perform at a 1960`s themed party for the 60th birthday of the owner. It was great fun playing a two hour programme of 1960`s hits as they seemed to fit brass quintet extremely well, and the outfits people were wearing made for a brilliant fun time. The sun shone and everyone was outside enjoying the 60`s sounds! We were whistling the Beatles all the way back in the journey home!

Brass Track celebrate playing at Morningside

Morningside United Church 2023

Morningside United Church Edinburgh – 2023

10th Dec 2023

Brass Tracks love playing Carols and for the last two years have played in Morningside United Church at the invitation of the director of music, Brigitte Harris, for their Christmas service. We have played special arrangements for Organ, Brass & Choir and have premiered a new carol arrangement by Nigel Don on each occasion. They have been busy, celebratory, joyful affairs and we always leave humming our favourite carol on the way home.

Brass Tracks in St Michael's

St Michael’s – Fringe 2023

St Michael’s Church Edinburgh, Festival Fringe – 2023

24th Aug 2023

In the Edinburgh Fringe in both 2022 and 2023, Brass Tracks performed in this beautiful church with a perfect acoustic for Brass. The friendly people there have been kind enough to let us play there during the Fringe. We have had very good audiences and have at each concert premiered new works for Brass Quintet by Edinburgh’s Nigel Don. Both these concerts of popular music as well as classical and jazz/swing have proved popular with audiences and we finished the last one with people humming along to Abba, having started the concert with Bach!

Brass Tracks at St Mark's

St Mark’s – Fringe 2023

St Mark’s, Edinburgh Festival Fringe – 2023

7th Aug 2023

The tenth anniversary concert showcasing a selection of the finest themes from film soundtracks. A highly entertaining and professional ensemble – demonstrating the power, subtlety and range that brass do best, presented with style and wit.

Brass Tracks celebrate ten years of live performances to delighted audiences across Scotland. The engaging and wonderfully entertaining quintet return to the Fringe with exciting new arrangements of the finest film soundtracks. A suitably dramatic programme for performers who provide consummate musical ability with wit, style and energy. Many of the tunes will be familiar, some new, and a few old favourites will be presented to create a showcase of the power, subtlety and range best heard by brass. A one night opportunity to enjoy a superbly professional and creative ensemble.

Brass Tracks at St Mary's Aberfoyle

St Mary’s Aberfoyle

St Mary’s, Aberfoyle – 2022

21st Aug 2022

From the organiser of the concert in the stunning small church.

An absolutely super afternoon concert from Brass Tracks.

Many thanks to Brass Tracks for such a lively, entertaining and varied concert. Highlights were beautiful arrangements Handel’s beautiful Lascia ch’io pianga and Bizet’s Carmen Suite and a work by horn player, Robert Newth. We were also treated to extra instruments with the post horn in Koening’s Post Horn Galop and the sopranino recorder in Fairy Dance.

We would like to thank Graeme Williamson for standing in on trumpet and playing a blinder!

Brass Tracks at St Marks Edinburgh

St Mark’s – Fringe 2022

St Mark’s, Edinburgh Festival – 2022

8th Aug 2022

Brass Tracks returned, triumphant after their last Fringe sell-out success, with a new show bringing the excitement of brass to a beautifully balanced programme of classical and contemporary music, selected to reflect transition and flux: music for a changing world. Acclaimed for their original arrangements and audience rapport, the quintet move between popular favourites, opera and traditional airs, blending edgy, incisive sharpness with precision and subtlety in a way that only experienced brass players can. This, their sixth consecutive year at the Fringe, was an opportunity to enjoy accessible, entertaining music delivered with impressive professionalism.

Brass Tracks in Brodick

Brodick Town Hall – 2022

Brodick Town Hall, Isle of Arran – 2022

22nd May 2022

Our ferry was cancelled and we needed to get another later one than we had planned due to the broken down ferries of Calmac. We were told no cars on this ferry either so we hauled tubas, trombones, music stands, mutes & overnight bags onto the ferry as foot passengers. The Calmac staff were most unhelpful but the people who run the music society could not have been more helpful! They met us in cars at the ferry terminal in Arran and drove us to the venue, fed us and put us up for the night.

There was a good turnout and we had a fine rapport with the audience at the concert and it was most enjoyable to see a great reaction from the audience that included members of the local brass band who chatted to us afterwards. A very beautiful place to visit and this was our second concert there, and we hope to return again in the future.

Brass Tracks at Trinity Church Rothsay

Trinity Church, Rothesay – 2022

Trinity Church, Rothesay, Isle of Bute – 2022

25th Mar 2022

Brass Tracks were warmly received by the hosts of Bute Arts and are very grateful for the efforts they went to make us feel relaxed and comfortable.

Many thanks go to our agent Daisy Henderson at Classical Music Scotland for reorganising the concert after the unplanned 2+ year gap from the original booking due to lockdown. We are extremely lucky it still managed to go ahead and would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Ross Bahlaj stepping in very last minute on trombone and performing with great commitment and panache. The ferry was on time and we were one of the first concerts after the lockdown. The acoustic was lovely and the large audience so welcoming and friendly we would love to return to the beautiful Island of Bute.

St Marks concert furing the Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Fringe – 2019

St Mark’s, Edinburgh Festival Fringe – 2019

Brass Tracks at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019 with our family friendly accessible programme that covered 500 years of music – once again at St Marks Church. This year we had the biggest audience in our five years at the fringe with over 150 people in attendance. We were sponsored by HIDDEN HEARING this year and their logo adorned our posters and flyers. They also had banners at the performance and a free goodie bag for all! William Williamson, a professional singer from Dumfriesshire, sang Scottish music with the quintet arranged by our horn player Robert Newth; which was an innovative first for the quintet. We ran slightly over as we were asked for an encore and we were happy to oblige! It was a happy annual event with strong local feedback helped by the Hidden Hearing sponsorship.

Review

Brass Tracks (Brass Tracks) Three weeks Edinburgh

By Louise Rodgers| 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 a 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!