Watts Gallery Christmas Fair 24th November 2018

The Surrey Brass quintet were delighted to be invited to appear at the annual Watts Gallery Christmas fair, playing both outdoors to lead community carol singing as well as playing a range of seasonal and popular tunes. It was particularly nice to see a line of children dancing to our rendition of "The Pink Panther"!

Later on, as it was getting dark we moved inside to perform a short concert in the wonderfully atmospheric surroundings of the gallery. We do hope to be able to perform here again in future years.

All photos by Caroline Warren.



 

Carols by Candlelight

7:30pm Saturday 15th December 2018

*** in 2017 this event was SOLD OUT by October - book early ***

DOOR AND BAR OPEN 6:45pm

Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington TW11 9NN (Find us)

Mark the Christmas Season in the Gothic Cathedral splendour of the Landmark Arts Centre in a family-oriented celebration programme of innovative and traditional music. Our ever popular festive start to Christmas week, with a programme of carols and other seasonal music woven together by a unique story. Performed by Surrey Brass, two local choirs, a storyteller and YOU! Come prepared to sing loudly and help raise the roof in this wonderful venue. This is our 16th year - please come along to make it the best ever!

Mulled wine and Mince Pies will be on sale at the interval to complete the occasion. Book early, it's always sold out! 

Performers

Surrey Brass - Conductor - Jon Spencer

Harlequin Chamber Choir - Conductor - Thomas Lydon

Sacred Heart School Children's Choir -  Conductor –  Angela Fogg

Giles Abbott - Storyteller

Musical Programme

We present a delightful confection of traditional Christmas music, music from far away, long ago and yesterday woven together with a story you have never heard before.

Everyone is encouraged to join in singing Christmas Carols!

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Tickets

We advise you to book early for this popular concert. 

Online: Prices and Booking here. Concert booking opens on or about 19th July for LAC Members. Public booking opens on or about 26th July.

By telephone: Box Office on 020 8977 7558 (11am - 4pm, weekdays)

By post: post your booking requirements with a cheque made payable to Landmark Arts Centre, to the venue address above.
Please enclose a SAE or your tickets will await collection at the Box Office.

In person: at the Landmark Arts Centre's Box Office (11am - 4pm weekdays) (Find us)

On the door: It is unlikely tickets will be available on the door for this performance.

Car Parking

There is NO PARKING ON SITE.
However, free parking is available in the streets surrounding the Landmark, please respect the local regulations and local residents.

 

Jonathan Spencer"BRASS EXPLOSION" - Music for Brass Ensemble

Wednesday 28th June 2017.
Admission FREE all day.

  • Morning - 10am to noon - Open Rehearsal featuring Adam Rapa
  • Afternoon - 2pm to 4pm Masterclass. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Evening - 7pm Concert with the Guards Brass Ensemble and Surrey Brass

The Guards' Chapel
Wellington Barracks,
Birdcage Walk,
London SW1E 6HQ

About the Event

Brass Explosion is part of the exciting new Household Division Music History and Arts Festival. This all day event and evening concert features two brass ensembles, one military, one civilian. Surrey Brass and The Guards Brass Ensemble join forces to present the best music of the genre.

The concert celebrates two historic milestones - 15 years of Surrey Brass, and 100 years of massed bands of the Foot Guards. The setting of the Guards Chapel provides a perfect back drop with hundreds of years of heritage and history lining the walls. The ‘laid up’ Colours of our forefathers hang bears testament to both the past and present custodians of State and Ceremonial music making.

The day starts with an open rehearsal which will preview some of the music for the evening concert as well as other repertoire. On show will be rehearsal technique, musicianship, together with great tips on both individual instrumental and ensemble playing. The rehearsal will give everyone unparalleled insight into the daily life of a brass musician, and provide a range of practical advice and ideas about how to play better and deliver great performances. The rehearsal will be directed by Adam Rapa, who will be providing insight into brass playing at the very highest standard throughout.

In the afternoon, the masterclass will feature a number of players - maybe you? - in a workshop format that will exercise different styles of playing including classical and jazz. Simply watching many one-to-one tutorials with the participants will deliver one of the finest free brass lessons one could ever have - well worth attending. If you are a budding soloist or section leader this session is a must. It will showcase a wide variety of music at a very high standard. If you are interested in participating you can Register to perform. It's completely free!

In the gaps between sessions during the day, everyone is welcome to include a visit to The Guards Museum between 10:00am to 4:00pm. The museum contains a wealth of information and artefacts relating to the five regiments of Foot Guards (Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards). Along with the two regiments of Household Cavalry they make up Her Majesty’s Household Division and enjoy the treasured privilege of guarding The Sovereign and the Royal Palaces.

The evening concert programme contains a combination of original music and arrangements from many musical styles including original and arranged classical music, light music, film music, and jazz and features renowned guest soloist Adam Rapa. See below for more on the programme.

A special feature of the concert is a performance of "Song of Hope" by Peter Meechan. "Song of Hope" is dedicated to Ryan Anthony (principal trumpet with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra) and his charity, Cancer Blows raises both awareness and money to encourage research for cancers with a focus on blood cancers & multiple myeloma. Feel free to donate to this worthy cause!

 

This all-day brass event is free to all. Everyone is welcome to any or all of the sessions.

 

Conductors

  • Surrey Brass - Jonathan Spencer (also Bandmaster, The Band of the Royal Logistic Corps)
  • The Guards Brass Ensemble -Andrew Porter (also Bandmaster of the Band of Irish Guards)

Guest Soloists

Adam Rapa, Trumpet Soloist

Musical Programme

The 7pm Evening Concert features a spectacular blend of music from Surrey Brass, Guard Brass, and Soloists - click on the links to preview the some of music.

  • "Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare"- a rather large and impressive work by Richard Strauss
  • "Holborne Tubes" - Anthony Holborne c1545-1602 re-imagined and arranged by Edward Chance
  • "Grand Fanfare" - Giancarlo Castro D'Addona
  • "Shepherd's Hey" - Percy Grainger arranged by Denis Wick
  • Screening of a film from the Battle of the Somme, accompanied by live music
  • "A Londoner in New York" - Jim Parker
  • "Song of Hope" - Trumpet Soloists Adam Rapa, Michael Chapple (SB), Colour Sergeant Ray Plant (GB)
  • "Children of Sanchez" - Soloist Adam Rapa
  • "Midnight in Moscow" - Kenny Ball arranged by John Hughes

The programme is continually evolving, so please visit again for an update, and if you wish to be notified automatically why not Join Our Mailing List?

About Surrey Brass

Surrey Brass is 15 in 2017 and you can read about us here.

To mark this auspicious occasion we are celebrating by playing some of the innovative and entertaining music projects we have commissioned since our formation, throughout our concerts this year.

Listen to Surrey Brass in Concert

About The Guards Brass Ensemble

The Guards Brass Ensemble was formed in late 2015 from brass players from around the Household Division Bands, with the sole intention of performing in the Guards Chapel Recital Series. Since then, the group has performed in scores of concerts with musical excellence and community engagement at the very heart of everything they undertake.

Read the full biography of The Guards Brass Ensemble. You can hear The Guards Brass Ensemble rehearsing here.

Tickets and Information

Tickets are FREE with a retiring collection.

Festival Information is available from The Chapel Office 02074143229 during office hours.

Parking and Transport

The Chapel is a short walk from St. James' Park Underground station (Circle, District lines)

Green Park, Waterloo, Charing Cross and Victoria Underground stations are also within walking distance.

Car parking is not available on site.


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Film Music Spectacular in aid of Age Concern Epsom & Ewell

7:30pm Friday 28th October 2016

The Main Hall

Epsom College, College Road, Epsom, Surrey KT17 4JH UK - View Map

Age Concern Epsom & Ewell is a local independent charity established in 1947 to empower older people in the Borough of Epsom & Ewell to live the most fulfilling lives they can. As well as providing a free and confidential Information and Advice Service, we also run a number of other services from transport to befrienders; none of which would be possible without our team of wonderful volunteers. Please come to our second concert in collaboration with Surrey Brass, to enjoy great music, a friendly social atmosphere and of course our soon-to-be-legendary Gin Bar at the interval!

Charity Variety Show supporting Tenovus and Friends of The Royal Marsden, Surrey

6:00pm Sunday 16th September 2018

Epsom Playhouse, 42 Ashley Ave, Epsom KT18 5AL

In a hugely varied and enormously fun show featuring (no less!) a pop duo, an opera singer, a musical comedian, a pianist and singer, Surrey Brass and more, each will provide around 20 minutes of entertainment for this worthy cause.  This show, organised by local actor and retired policeman Bob Ferris, raised over £2700 last year in a local village hall and inspired by this success he has made this year's event twice as large, and would like to raise four times as much money. 
All performers are providing their services completely free of charge to support this fundraising effort.  Come along, enjoy the show and help us raise money for a hugely worthwhile cause.

**Concert Update - the final figure raised by this event was £5,600 **

Supporting Friends of The Royal Marsden, Surrey, and Tenovus. 

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