Brass Ensemble

GMT Brass Ensemble

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About GMT Brass Ensemble

Brass Ensemble
We are a young, versatile, professional group of players who are very keen to bring brass chamber music to the public's attention.

In 2013 a collection of young musicians from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance formed the GMT Brass Ensemble. The GMT Brass Ensemble are a young, modern, professional group of players who are very keen to bring brass chamber music to the public's attention. Over the past 3 years, the group have performed across London in venues such as St John's Smith Square, The Tower of London and The ExCel Exhibition Centre. The GMT have also given a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and played on the Thames as part of the celebrations for the Queen becoming the longest reigning British Monarch in 2015 and her 90th Birthday in 2016. The group have experience performing at a wide variety of events from lunchtime recitals to radio broadcasts, charity concerts to private functions. Aside from the 10 piece ensemble, the GMT have performed as a Brass Quintet, Trombone Quartet and Full Symphonic Brass Ensemble. Over the past 3 years, GMT have had guidance and coaching from Oren Marshall, Graham Lee, Roger Argente, Carol Jarvis, Phil White & Stephen Maw. Players have performed with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra, Greenwich International Early Music Festival and have worked on projects with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 & Naxos Recording. Alongside their orchestral experience, our players have been invited to take part in masterclasses by Gábor Tarkövi (Principal Trumpet - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), Phil Cobb (Principal Trumpet - LSO), Thomas Hooten (Principal Trumpet – LA Philharmonic), Andrew Crowley (Trumpet - London Brass), Andrew Bain (Principal Horn – LA Philharmonic), Richard Bissill(Horn - London Brass & Royal Opera House), Frank Lloyd (Horn - Philip Jones Brass Ensemble & London Brass), Lindsey Shilling (Trombone - London Brass & Royal Opera House), Dudley Bright (Principal Trombone - LSO) and Sue Addison (Founder member and Principal Trombone - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment). The group has raised over £1500 for charities across the UK and all of our members have been in to local schools and been involved in Educational Programmes. This is all part of the group giving back to society and encouraging the next generation of young musicians. The GMT have worked with music centres including The Centre for Young Musicians and a number of our members are active teachers across London. The GMT Brass Ensemble are looking forward to the future with a number of recitals booked in over the next year. Discussions have also started about recording their first album and traveling on their first tour.

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Song list

Early and Baroque Pieces
Bach - Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
Bach - Wachet auf
Bull - Kings hunting Gigue 
Bull – Pavan
Clarke – Trumpet Voluntary
Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Handel – Let the Bright Seraphim
Trad – Greensleves 
Lighter (Classical) Pieces
Debussy - Clair de Lune
Dvorak – Slavonic Dance No.8
Elgar - 3 Enigma Variations
Faure – Pie Jesu
Humperdinck - Evening Hymn from Hansel and Gretel
Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No.2
Mendelssohn - Midsummer Night's Dream
Mozart – Ave Verum Corpus
Saint-Saens - Organ Symphony
Satie - Gymnopodie No 1
Schubert - An Die Musik
Ravel – Alborado del Gracioso
Ravel - Pavane
Handysides - Surface/Submerge
Lutoslawski - Paganini Variations
Light Modern
African Spiritual – Deep River
Anderson – Funk
Baker – Underground Plumbing Blues
Ellis - The Chicken
Foster - Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
Gade – Jealousy
Gary – Thunderbirds
Gershwin – Anything Goes
Gershwin – Friendship
Gershwin – I Got Rhythm
Giacchino - The Incredibles
Jones - Soul Bossa Nova
Kander - New York, New York
Lecuona - Malaguena
Mancini - Moon River
Mangione - Children of Sanchez
Monterde – La Virgen de la Macarena
Nightingale – Flood Warning
Sanz – Los Canarios
Sondheim - Send in the Clowns
Trad – Londonderry Air
Warren - I Only Have Eyes for You
Warren - Keep Young and Beautiful 
Weill - September Song
Wilcox – Alloy
Williams - Hymn to the Fallen
Suites of Music
Bach - Suite for Brass
Bizet - Carmen Suite
Grieg - Peer Gynt
Handel - Water Music
Koetsier - Sonata da Chiesa
Parker - Londoner in New York
Saint Saens - Some Animals at a Carnival
Tchaikovsky - Dances from Swan Lake 
Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker Suite
Anderson – Sleigh Ride
Gruber – Silent Night
Kirkpatrick – Away in a Manger
Marks – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Mendelssohn – Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Rutter – Shepherds Pipe Carol
Springer – Santa Baby
Torme – The Christmas Song
Trad – Coventry Carol
Trad – Ding Dong Merrily on High
Trad – Festive Cheer
Trad – In Dulci Jubilo
Trad – Veni Veni Emmanuel
Trad – We Three Kings


From customers:

The T, 2 years ago

Having said that, we’re not talking brass bands here, pleasing though they can be. Rather it was the bright, penetrative sound of orchestral brass that went wafting through the cathedral recently. For me, the most thrilling moment in these two concerts came at the start of the GMT Brass Ensemble’s programme. The Earl of Oxford’s March by William Byrd, and La Mourisque by Tylman Susato, are two feisty 16th century dance tunes. Attractive and accessible, these arrangements demonstrated the sheer magnificence of 10 brass players going full pelt. From high trumpets to bass trombone and tuba these ebullient pieces also spoke of the richness of Elizabethan musical culture.