St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

J5o Brass

Tuesday, 4 October at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

J5o Brass

David Marley, Patrick Dodds – trumpets
Eddie Morgan – horn
Pete Crocker – trombone
Chris Bearman – tuba

Aaron Copland (arr. Eddie Morgan)

Ceremonial Fanfare                                                    

Chris Hazell

Struth!

i. Start Tappin'; ii. Restin' Up; iii. Trekkin' Home

David Powell

Homenaje a Don Luis de Victoria

John Williams (arr. Eddie Morgan)

Scherzo for Motorcycle & Orchestra                  

Enrique Crespo (arr. Eddie Morgan)

Bruckner etüde für das tiefe Blech

Alexander Arutiunian

Armenian Scenes                                                

i. Morning Song; ii. Drinking Song; iii. Song of Grief; iv. Wedding Procession

Mauro Ottolini

Buster Keaton Blues

Thomas Gansch

Blue

1. Ceremonial Fanfare - Aaron Copland

Copland was one of several composers asked to compose a fanfare to commemorate the centennial of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The first performance of the Ceremonial Fanfare took place on Copland's 70th birthday at the opening of the exhibit "Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries."

2. Struth! - Chris Hazell

i. Start Tappin'

ii. Restin' Up

iii. Trekkin' Home

Chris Hazell studied composition at the Royal College of Music before joining the Argo division of Decca in 1973 as a producer. Parallel to this has been his work as arranger and composer. His 'Brass Cats' (written for Philip Jones) is standard repertoire world-wide. He has worked extensively with Dame Kiri te Kanawa, and was both producer and arranger on Bryn Terfel's recent best selling Welsh album. He also works regularly with Angela Gheorghiu. He has written music for television, including the title theme for the late Desmond Wilcox's award winning documentary series 'The Visit.'

3. Homenaje a Don Luis de Victoria - David Powell

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548 -1611) was the most famous composer of the 16th century in Spain and one of the most important composers of the Counter-Reformation. Victoria was not only a composer, but also an accomplished organist and singer. After receiving a grant from King Philip II in 1565, Victoria went to Rome where he was most certainly influenced by the composer Palestrina. Not only did Victoria incorporate intricate parts for his vocal lines, but the organ was treated like a soloist in many of his choral pieces. His works have undergone a revival in the 20th century, with numerous recordings. Many commentators hear in his music a mystical intensity and direct emotional appeal. The Christmas motet "O Magnum Mysterium" is probably the best known work by Victoria. David Powell says; "I thought at first of the way performers such as Mark Lockheart and Jan Garbarek have layered their improvisations over existing choral pieces. I had an idea in my mind of the kind of music the composer would have heard on the streets, so I have taken the liberty of interpolating some extra folkloric elements to the score at certain cadential points; the out-of-tune playing is intentional! I wanted to see if I could achieve this without jarring and marring the beauty of Victoria's original."

4. Scherzo for Motorcycle & Orchestra - John Williams

Scherzo For Motorcycle And Orchestra is played as Indiana Jones and his father flee from Castle Brunwald. With Indy driving a stolen motorcycle and his father riding in the sidecar, the Joneses narrowly and creatively escape the clutches of several Nazis chasing in their own motorcycles. It was written and conducted by Emmy winning composer, John Williams, for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The fast pace and stressful feeling conveyed is an active part of the scene with almost no dialogue. The score follows the story by utilizing the Nazi Motif and the Raiders March, and highlights the action, speed, and humour of the getaway sequence.

5. Bruckner: Etude fur das Tiefes Blech - Enrique Crespo

Enrique Crespo is a trombonist, arranger and founding member of the German Brass Ensemble. He studied music and architecture in Montevideo and in Buenos Aires. He was was principal trombonist in the symphony orchestra there, as well as jazz soloist, arranger and bandleader for TV productions. During this time Enrique Crespo was principally occupied with his own compositions, which he personally presented. He cooperated intensively with the Bavarian broadcasting company, and set up a private recording and film studio from which numerous record, film and television productions emerged. This 'Etude' is written in the style of Bruckner's vocal works which have long been admired and performed by brass musicians.

6. Armenian Scenes - Alexander Arutiunian

The four movements which comprise "Armenian Scenes" are pictures of Armenian life: "Morning Song", "Drinking Song", "Song of Grief", "Wedding Procession" illustrate the cultural settings and traditions of this southern people, who have been seared by their dramatic history, but have always arisen from the ashes once more. These "Armenian Scenes" were created at the request of Sam Pilafian, American tubist from Boston (MA, USA) of Armenian descent, and were premiered in 1984 by the Empire Brass Quintet in Cambridge (MA, USA). Various recordings of this work are available. The work was a set piece at the 3rd International Competition for Brass Quintets in Narbonne, France, in May 1990.

7. Buster Keaton Blues - Mauro Ottolini

Composer Mauro Ottolini is a leading jazz trumpet player and arranger from Italy. The original work was consequentially arranged for one of the finest brass ensembles in the world - Gomalan Brass - and can be found on their second studio album "Swingin' Pool" which features a number of jazz standards performed by brass as well as a few original compositions.

8. Blue - Thomas Gansch

This wonderful tune was written by the legendary Thomas Gansch of Mnozil Brass fame - arguably the most famous and innovative brass ensemble since the Philip Jones era and one of our greatest influences alongside Gomalan Brass, German Brass & Superbrass.

J50 Brass were formed at Trinity College of Music, London in 2008. Their interest in the indigenous folk music of the Mediterranean led to a programme of arrangements that were premiered at the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble competition, where they finished runners-up. Although they all attended different institutions for their postgraduate studies (RAM, RCM & GSMD) they ensemble continued performing and writing new music and had quickly established themselves as one of the busiest and longest-standing brass ensembles in London. The group have since gone on to perform at the "BBC Good Food Show" and "Gardeners' World Live" (Birmingham NEC, London ExCel Centre & Earl's Court); charity functions at London Olympia Hilton Hotel and solo concerts across the capital at locations such as Canary Wharf and LSO St Luke's. In 2010/11 the quintet began embarked on their maiden tour to Denmark to perform at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus as well performing as guest artists at the Aalborg Musikkoncurrence (AaMuk) and adjudicating the chamber music competition.

As an ensemble they are constantly in demand as educational specialists and have written a series of workshops and concerts aimed at promoting brass playing and music in general to school children. Partnerships with Nottingham Music Hub, Camden Music Service and Newham Music Service have seen the quintet provide workshops to hundreds of students which have included: performances, creative composition, side-by-side performance opportunities & conducting lessons among other activities. Away from ensemble activities members of the group frequently perform with many top ensembles including: the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, EUYO & GUS Virtuosi Band among others.The group are often called upon to perform at graduation ceremonies, weddings, corporate events and garden parties and have one of the most extensive collections of music for brass in the capital. J5o Brass also work frequently as a quartet or trio for recitals and fanfare work and all ensemble members perform regularly as soloists with various groups.

A keen desire to promote the growing importance of music in the film and video game industry has seen numerous arrangements commissioned specifically for the group to showcase a genre growing in popularity. The group have their own in-house arrangers and always aim to perform fresh new music as well as standard repertoire. Commissions have included a series of arrangements from the world of choral music and the group have begun their own series of special arrangements based on the 'BBC Ten Pieces' to use in their educational work. They frequently perform varied programmes of baroque and early music; arrangements of popular classics; jazz and world music and original compositions for brass quintet.

J5o Brass were formed at Trinity College of Music, London in 2008. Their interest in the indigenous folk music of the Mediterranean led to a programme of arrangements that were premiered at the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble competition, where they finished runners-up.The group have since gone on to perform at the "BBC Good Food Show" and "Gardeners' World Live" (Birmingham NEC, London ExCel Centre & Earl's Court); charity functions at London Olympia Hilton Hotel and solo concerts across the capital at locations such as Canary Wharf and LSO St Luke's and internationally including a recent tour to Denmark.  A keen desire to promote the growing importance of music in the film and video game industry has seen numerous arrangements commissioned specifically for the group to showcase a genre growing in popularity. They frequently perform varied programmes of baroque and early music; arrangements of popular classics; jazz and world music and original compositions for brass quintet.