Connaught Brass: 14th October 2023


Saturday October 14th at 5pm

St Michael’s Church, Michaelchurch Escley HR2 0JS

Vibrant, spirited and bold, Connaught Brass have quickly made a name for themselves as a fresh talent in the chamber music world. Artists of the Tillett Trust, City Music Foundation and Kirckman Concert Society, they attended the prestigious Britten Pears Chamber Music Residency in 2022.

From the fanfare and atmosphere of Andresen, Lutoslawski and Longworth, to the drama and passion of Bizet’s Carmen – there’s something in their programme to satisfy every taste.

Further details below.


Mogens Andresen               Prelude & Reinlendere from 3 Norwegian Dances
Steven Verhelst                    Suite from Pulcinella 2.0
Witold Lutoslawski              Mini Overture
Victor Ewald                          Quintet No. 2
Giovanni Gabrieli                 Canzona
Lili Boulanger (arr. Foster)  Suite from Clairières dans le ciel
Florence Price (arr. Blair)    Adoration
Georges Bizet (arr. Foster) Carmen in Thirteen-and-a-Half Minutes


A “thrilling young ensemble at the start of what is sure to be a major international career” [Great Birmingham Brass Fest]

Connaught Brass are quickly making a name for themselves as a fresh talent in the chamber music world. Having already made their debut at the Lucerne Festival and London’s Wigmore Hall, the ensemble’s ability to manipulate and unify sound earned them 1st Prize in the Inaugural Philip Jones International Brass Ensemble Competition (2019) and the Royal Overseas League Mixed Ensemble Competition (2022). Vibrant, spirited and bold, Connaught Brass place emphasis on their friendship with one another to showcase their individual musical personalities within a unique collective sound.

Prior to their Philip Jones Competition win, the group won the Worshipful Company of Musicians Brass Ensemble Prize in 2018, and travelled to France shortly after to participate in the music festival Ferrandou Musique. They returned to the same festival in 2019 and 2021. More recently, the quintet have become Artists of the Tillett Trust, City Music Foundation and Kirckman Concert Society, and attended the prestigious Britten Pears Chamber Music Residency 2022.

Recent seasons have seen the Connaughts perform widely across the UK and Europe, including tours of Switzerland in both 2021 and 2022, recitals at Societá Filarmonica Trento, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St George’s Bristol, The Great Birmingham Brass Fest, where they performed a new commission alongside Onyx Brass, St James’ Piccadilly, Hidden Doors Arts Festival Edinburgh and Lake District Summer Music Festival, as well as performing live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme. The 22/23 season will see the group make their Netherlands debut, including a live radio broadcast from the Concertgebouw’s Spiegelzaal, an extensive performance schedule in their hometown of London at Wigmore Hall, King’s Place and St John Smith’s Square, as well as performances covering the rest of the UK.

Their ever-growing repertoire spans 500 years, from renaissance to contemporary works, across a large range of genres. The ensemble also take great pride in undertaking and building their education work, including that supported by the Cavatina Trust and the Musicians Company.

Having been principal players and members of the European Union Youth Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, members are now seen freelancing in the London Symphony, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, English National Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera and Ulster Orchestras, as well as recording with and supporting artists such as Bruno Mars, Stormzy, Jamie Cullum, Rag‘n’Bone Man, Dave, Giggs and Gregory Porter.

Connaught Brass’ ambition is to explore and share the broadest range of musical repertoire with as wide an audience as possible, bringing brass chamber music to the forefront of today’s musical world.

Aaron Akugbo trumpet
Harry Plant trumpet
Robyn Blair French horn
Chris Brewster trombone
Aled Meredith-Barrett tuba

Additional information

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Venue: St Michael's Church, Michaelchurch Escley

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Address: St Michael's, Michaelchurch Escley, Herefordshire, HR2 0JS, United Kingdom

Description: Quite a large church for a small village, St Michael's was restored in the nineteenth century. This was done with a tad more sensitivity than was always the case, although the grim message over the Victorian lych gate is not necessarily encouraging. Apart from that, the most obvious external addition is the west tower from 1897. Inside, the screen is from a similar period, although the Art Deco pews are a little later. The most striking aspect in the church, however, is the medieval wall painting of Christ of the Trades.