Surrey Brass at St Johns Church in Egham
7:30pm Friday 16th October 2020
St Johns Church
About the Concert
Surrey Brass is delighted to announce this concert. It has been several years since we performed in Egham and this is the first time at St. Johns Church.
We are sure that our customary mix of classics, jazz, film music, and solo features drawn from many styles, places, and times will provide a highly varied and enjoyable programme, which is carefully chosen to include something to please everyone. Tonight's concert will be conducted by Robin Smith.
The programme is currently under development.
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About Surrey Brass
Surrey Brass, the innovative and entertaining brass ensemble aims to develop the fine tradition of ensemble brass performance originated by the internationally famous Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, by widening the audience for brass ensemble music, enlarging the repertoire, and providing enjoyment for everyone. Our talented musicians include the best semi-professional players in Surrey, UK. We are particularly keen on encouraging young brass players and every year perform at least one concert involving them - hopefully some will join us in future.
Find out more about Surrey Brass here.
About the Concert Venue
St Johns Church in Egham or Egham Parish Church. or St. John the Baptist, Egham is an evangelical Anglican church located in the centre of Egham, Surrey, in the Diocese of Guildford. There are approximately 320 members on the Electoral Roll and a usual Sunday attendance in the region of 300.
The present church was built in 1817, about 3 years before the death of George III, who himself gave handsomely to the cost. It was built in the style of Soane and replaced the previous church built early in the 12th century under the patronage of Chertsey Abbey.
The new church did not find favour with everyone. The Reverend Dr John Samuel Bewley Monsell, the famous hymn writer, who was vicar in Egham from 1853 to 1870 wrote : “My parish church is so bad in form and feature that its influence must be, no matter how people struggle against it, to unsolemnise” . Dr Monsell was the writer of popular hymns such as “Fight the good fight”.
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