The exciting brass quintet Alba Brass will play in Rothesay on Friday, November 29, at the third concert in Bute Arts Society’s 2013-14 winter series.
Since their 2004 debut at the Aracena International Chamber Music Competition in Spain, the group - comprising Bede Williams and Vicky Williams (trumpet), Jamie Shield (horn), Paul Stone (trombone) and Andrew McCreel (tuba) - has appeared at concerts and festivals all over Europe, Russia, North America and the Middle East.
In addition to performing the standard brass quintet repertoire, Alba Brass regularly commission new work that includes vocal, jazz and folk elements, with recent premieres including ‘Shorthand of Emotion’ by Ryan Quigley and ‘Souch’ by Martin Green at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
‘UnPlanFares’ for brass quintet and Scottish traditional music quartet by Steve Foreman was premiered at the 2010 PLUG Festival and ‘Paolozzi’s Windows’ for brass quintet and piano by Terry Johns was premiered at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In October 2011 Alba Brass collaborated with Sax Ecosse and The Whistlebinkies in the premiere performance of Eddie McGuire’s ‘UCS Work In Suite’.
Their performance, at Rothesay Joint Campus, will feature works by Handel and Gershwin, as well as the group’s own arrangements and both new and commissioned works.
Admission is £7 (free for school pupils) and the concert begins at 7.30pm.