10 Piece Brass Ensemble

Austonley Brass

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10 Piece Brass Ensemble
Concerts, collaborations, weddings, recitals, recordings - One of the North of England's finest brass chamber ensembles - Austonley Brass

Austonley Brass is a 10-piece brass ensemble based in the North of England that proudly boasts some of the most sought after brass musicians and educators in the country. The group is the brainchild of trombonists Garrath Beckwith & James Garlick with the aim of entertaining audiences all over the UK and further afield with excellent brass music played by the best British Brass instrumentalists. There has always been a long standing tradition of high quality British brass playing and Austonley Brass endeavor to continue this British legacy by bringing together great brass players in special collaborations with music festivals, concert societies, concert promoters, choral societies, education establishments and recording companies. The personnel of Austonley Brass are equally at home on the concert platform or in recording studio having performed live and recorded numerous albums, TV shows and radio broadcasts with professional ensembles and artists such: the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, the Remix Ensemble, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Elbow, the Black Dyke Band, Liverpool based rock band The Wombats, Corrine Bailey Rae, Hallé Brass, the Brighouse & Rastrick Band, the Yorkshire Building Society Band, the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, the Andy Prior Big Band, Andrea Bocelli & abetment Terfell, Manchester Camerata, the Northern Sinfonia, Dame Shirley Bassey's Orchestra, the British Philharmonic Orchestra, numerous West End, UK & International Tour Theatre Orchestras and the Royal Variety Performance Orchestra amongst others.This gives you a real sense of the quality that is behind the ethos of Austonley Brass: to entertain audiences to the very highest standards. Our repertoire is varied spanning every musical genre literally from Bach to the Beatles and Handel to Hendrix – we have our own ‘in house’ arrangers but we are always looking to promote new material and musical arrangements. The ensemble are available to perform at any type of event and travel throughout the UK, Europe and further afield on a regular basis. If you would like more information about Austonley Brass or to read testimonials about the group please feel free to visit our social media channels.

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Elizabeth M, 2 years ago

Dear Garrath and fellow members of Austonley Brass I would like to say how impressed I was by the performance of the group at our annual Gala Concert at Ecclesall Church. The sound produced by the dectet was mellifluous and so all-encompassing. You drew the audience in to the musical experience you were offering, and presented music that was able to be enjoyed by every person who was there. For me the tonality was so important, and the intonation was just perfect – which all contributed mightily to the wonderful sound of the group. When the choir and band were performing together you complimented the choir totally, never drowning the sound of the voices and always giving support and depth to the items being performed. We were also very grateful that you produced fabulous arrangements of the pieces for your whole group from our vocal copy – very impressive! It was a pleasure to work with you all, your professionalism shone through every aspect of the time we were working together, and we certainly hope that we can come together again at some future date With very best wishes for your continued success

John P, 3 years ago

Since the 10-piece brass ensemble format was originally conceived and developed by Philip Jones in the early 1970’s, the ‘tentet’ has joined the ‘quintet’ to become a well- established form of brass chamber music. Since then many groups have appeared, with varying degrees of success and longevity, and I was intrigued to hear of the formation of a new group – Austonley Brass – under the leadership of Garrath Beckwith and James Garlick. The personnel boasts a host of young players from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, and they aim to carry the torch of brass chamber music to a wide audience nationally, drawing new audiences also through a comprehensive educational programme. Initial impressions are extremely positive; already they have achieved a pleasing homogeneity of sound and ensemble and – most importantly – approach their well-varied repertoire with an intelligence and musicianship which I find very encouraging, and which will doubtless develop further, as they continue to work and mature together as an ensemble. I was very proud to be a founder member of this tradition, and I wish Austonley Brass every success as they take it forward”

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