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Kensington Brass

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About Kensington Brass

Professional Symphonic Brass Ensemble performing exceptional events regularly as a 10, 5 or 3 piece. Classically-trained and bespoke service
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Formed in December 2011 by 10 top young musicians at the Royal College of Music, Kensington Brass are a versatile brass 10-piece ensemble covering repertoire of all genres. The ensemble plans original and exciting programmes, expertly penned by the members’ writing and arranging team. They push the boundaries of the versatility of brass instruments and showcase the talents of their individual exceptional players. The Dectet and Quintet of Kensington Brass enjoy giving recitals, having performed at Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Southwark Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room, St. John’s Smith Square, Leicester Classical Chamber Music Festival, Kensington Town Hall, Kensington Gardens and in many of the Royal College of Music Chamber Music Series. The ensemble also regularly play for entertainment events, specialising in wedding requests, church services and garden party receptions. KB have given multiple motivational performances at the London Marathon and RideLondon sporting events. At Christmas, they can be seen carolling in the UK's most exclusive venues, including performances in Kensington Palace. Members of KB can be seen regularly playing with the finest orchestras, chamber groups and music outfits: currently holding jobs in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Band of the RAF Regiment and New European Ensemble Den Haag. KB consists of a team of the finest Brass educators in the UK holding teaching roles at Bradfield College, Charterhouse School, Winchester College and The National Children’s Orchestra of GB to name a few. With a strong enthusiasm for outreach work, the group have performed numerous workshops and education concerts. Highlights include: Charterhouse School, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Children’s Choice event, Aldro Preparatory School in Surrey, The Marist Schools in Ascot, Colville Primary in Notting Hill, Roman River Festival Essex brass band community projects and Skipton Music Society’s annual primary concert. KB won the Royal College of Music Brass Ensemble Competitions in both 2012 and 2013. The ensemble also reached the final of the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Competition in 2013, to be the only brass group advancing to the final stage.

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Mary B
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Great Bardfield
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Hi Stephen A quick note to say a huge thanks to you and the rest of the brass band for everything on Saturday. Great working with you and if I ever need a brass band in the future hopefully you won't mind me giving you a call! All the best, Mary xx Weddings By Mary

Mary (
1 year ago

Thanks so much Stephen, you guys were brilliant, and got loads of compliments :) special thanks for delighting my nephew with an extra rendition of Getting Married. He’s been requesting it repeatedly ever since your first sent a recording - clearly a brass player in the making! Great Bardfield, Braintree, Essex 29/4/23

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Kensington Brass' Song list

Any unlisted piece is available for arrangement by our world-class in house arrangement team.
Classical Wedding Processionals:
Purcell - Trumpet Voluntary
Charpentier - Prelude, Te Deum
Clarke - Prince of Denmark's March
Mouret - Rondeau from 'Sinfonie de Fanfares'
Mendelssohn - Bridal March from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Op. 61
Wagner - Bridal March from 'Lohengrin' WWV 75
Light Classical Wedding Music:
Bruckner - Locus Iste
Elgar - Nimrod (Lux Aeterna)
Handel - Eternal Source of Light Divine HWV 74
Mendelssohn - O For the Wings of a Dove WoO 15
Faure - Pie Jesu from Requiem Op. 48
Vaughan-Williams - O Taste and See How Gracious the Lord Is
Franck - Panis Angelicus Op. 12
Wagner - Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral from 'Lohengrin' WWV 75
Schubert - Ave Maria
Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from 'Solomon' HWV 67
Handel - Hallelujah Chorus from 'Messiah' HWV 56
Bach - Gloria from 'Mass in B Minor' BVW 232
Schubert - Gloria from 'Mass No. 1 in F' D105
Mozart - Exsultate Jubilate K165
Jenkins - Benedictus
Beethoven - Turkish March
Verdi - Triumphal March from Aida
Handel - Music for the Royal Fireworks
Light American Songbook Music for Receptions and Garden Parties:
Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
Someday My Prince Will Come
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Tea for Two
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
They Say it's Wonderful
Girl from Ipanema
All of Me
September Song
Blue Moon
Moon River
Night and Day
I've Got You Under My Skin
A Child is Born
Sweet Georgia Brown
In a Sentimental Mood
Let's Fall in Love
What a Wonderful World
I'm Getting Married in the Morning
Party Setlist:
S Club 7
Michael Jackson
80 Megamix
Disco Hits

Kensington Brass' Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1200
Up to 2 hours£1400
Up to 3 hours£1600
Christmas Carols5 musicians
Various half hour Christmas sets at your special location for a whole day. Could include: Mood-setting background music Sing-along Songs Special Carol Service Indoor or outdoor sets


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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Stunning musicianship, beautifully crafted arrangements, great invigorating energy.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Buckingham Palace, Winchester Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, St. John's Smith Square and many more! Multiple exclusive wedding venues and garden parties: Marlborough House, Lincoln's Inn, Bardfield Lodge etc.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

We take influence from all areas! As a classical brass ensemble, any great string quartet or chamber music group. In our lighter music sets, artists like Frank Sinatra, Dorris Day, Nelson Riddle and Ella Fitzgerald. We constantly arrange and perform pop/funk/soul music as requests, so plenty of influence there too!

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Easter Sunday Eucharist services at Westminster Abbey Carols by Candlelight at Kensington Palace Aston Martin 100th Anniversary in Hyde Park

Do you have different line-up options?

We are a wider Symphonic Brass Ensemble of 10 players, including trumpets, horn, trombones and tuba. Regular options: Brass trio, 3 musicians Brass quintet, 5 (2 trumpets, horn, trombone tuba) Brass dectet, 10 (4 trumpets, horn, 4 trombones tuba) Quintet is most common for many reasons, including varied repertoire, cost, endurance and volume.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We try to maintain an element of flexibility and good nature, so please just let us know as soon as possible if there are any changes to your schedule. Changes on the day due to late brides and over-running speeches/mealtimes etc. may mean you do not get the full performance length booked.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

This is not something we provide, as an analogue brass group we pride ourselves on not needing power and being able to play anywhere you put us!

How much time do you need to set up?

Being an analogue group with no mixing desks or electronics, our set up is exceptionally quick, a few music stands and instruments and we're ready to go in 10-20 minutes!

Can you roam around while you perform?

We play from sheet music, so we do not move around during the playing of pieces. However, if you wanted different sets in different locations for your event then we are extremely adaptable and easy to move! This is common for parties, where we might play a nice indoor service/event and then retreat outside for a sunny garden playlist.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure patrons an amazing ambience. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event. We have the world's best brass arrangers on hand for any repertoire requests you might have!

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?


Can you learn song requests before the event?

Light music, Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Renaissance, Jazz, Blues, Swing, Gospel, Covers, Easy listening
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Christmas party, Birthday party
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