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2013 St Andrews Festival of Brass

Published in Events on 2013-10-30 by Empty Chairs

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On Nov 13th 2013, 13th – 19th November 2013 at St Andrew’ University

The Scottish Brass Band Association is delighted to offer its support to the 2013 St Andrews Festival of Brass, which returns for its second year between 13th – 19th November 2013. The festival brings together professional, student and community musicians from band and orchestral backgrounds for a week of master-classes, talks and brass music for and by ensembles of all sizes.

This year the festival is in collaboration with the Heisenberg Ensemble, Scottish Brass Band Association, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, St Mary’s Music School and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the orchestra in residence at the University. The list of distinguished musicians appearing at the festival represents some of the best brass that Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom have to offer.

There are a wide variety of events taking place each day of the festival at various locations including Younger Hall, the Pettigrew Museum and the Stewart Room, with many of them offering free admission. This event is an exciting addition to the many celebrations of brass music which are currently being enjoyed in Scotland, and the diversity of ensembles and initiatives included in the programme really do offer something for everyone – conducting workshops, performance master-classes, pre-concert talks, book readings, open rehearsals (where attendees are encouraged to join in) and a range of significant performances, including the renowned Scottish Chamber Orchestra; St Andrews Brass – one of Scotland’s growing number of university brass bands who will perform with jazz pianist Richard Michael, in his interpretation of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue; as well as a unique opportunity to enjoy a rare complete performance of Elgar Howarth’s stunning arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition for 24 brass and percussion which will be performed by Kingdom Brass.

Details of each day’s planned events are available on the official festival’s website, and all are encouraged to find out more about what is on offer through this innovative brass festival.



Wednesday November 13th - Trumpet Masterclass with Peter Franks
11am – 1pm Rehearsal Room, Younger Hall
The trumpeters of the University are put through their paces with Peter Franks, principal trumpet of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.  

Tickets : FREE                                                                                               

Scottish Chamber Orchestra pre-concert talk
6.30pm Conference Room, Younger Hall
The University Director of Music Michael Downes interviews members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra brass section ahead of the orchestra’s concert at 7.30pm

Tickets: A ticket for the SCO concert ‘Mr Suzuki’s Bach’ is required to attend the pre concert talk, tickets are available from the Music Centre office.

Friday 15th November

Book reading with Terry Johns
10am Conference Room, Younger Hall
Former principal horn of the London Symphony Orchestra Terry Johns reads from his autobiographical “Letters from lines and spaces”. Terry made music with some of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century, and loves to tell a good tale.

Tickets : Booking is required, contact

The St Andrews Scholarship Brass Quintet
2pm Bell Pettigrew Museum
Come to the Bell Pettigrew Museum and listen to a short programme of music by composers who have been inspired by the beauty and diversity of the natural world. Programme to include Handel Water Music, Plog Animal Ditties and Peter Maxwell Davies Farewell to Stromness.           

Tickets : FREE                       

St Mary’s Brass, St Andrews Brass and Royal Conservatoire Brass with John Kenny and Nigel Boddice
7.30pm Younger Hall
The finest young brass players in Scotland come together for a concert of music that will demonstrate both the serious and fun sides of brass. Programme to include A Requiem in Our Time by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. 

Tickets : FREE

Saturday 16th November

St Andrews Brass and Kingdom Brass with Richard Michael
2.30pm – Younger Hall
Brass players from all over Fife join for this concert that features performances of two colossal works for piano as you’ve never heard them before. Jazz pianist Richard Michael takes the stage in the first half giving his interpretation of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with St Andrews Brass. The concert concludes with a rare complete performance of Elgar Howarth’s stunning arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition for 24 brass and percussion. 

Tickets : FREE

Conducting Masterclass
4.30am  - Younger Hall 
Conducting students from the University and beyond work with Kingdom Brass and Bede Williams on Elgar Howarth’s arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. 

Tickets : FREE

Sunday 17th November
Heisenberg Ensemble and St Mary’s Trumpet Consort, Gillian Craig – Conductor
7.30pm  Younger Hall
For their 25th anniversary the Heisenberg Ensemble with their founder and conductor Gillian Craig perform Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Telemann’s Concerto for three trumpets and two oboes and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 From the New World.  

Tickets: £10/£5 available from the Music Centre office.                                                      

Tuesday 19th November
Open rehearsal with St Andrews Brass and members from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
5pm Stewart Room
To close the festival St Andrews Brass open their rehearsal doors to all, players are welcome to bring their instrument and join in!

Tickets : FREE

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