The stage is set this October for Cardiff to become the most vibrant place on the brass music map. Over one long weekend from 10-13 October, The Brass Event will offer an unrepeatable opportunity to see and hear some of the best musicians from the world of brass in one place at one time.
Cardiff Prepares to Take Centre Stage in International Music Festival
The Arcomis International Brass Event will take place in Cardiff at St. David’s Hall, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Cardiff University School of Music. The event programme packages a range of solo and ensemble concerts, recitals, workshops and master classes, all of which will be given by world-class musicians and are open to the general public, into a international four-day festival with the theme of Brass without Boundaries.
The format of The Brass Event falls into four days and is designed to be enjoyable for people of all ages and enjoy all styles of music. Each day will have its own distinct flavour, with concerts, threads of education, contemporary music and anniversary celebrations woven throughout, giving the festival a distinct and inspirational identity.
New music is also at the heart of the event and is included in each element of the programme alongside more recognised and established works, an important element in the programming for event organisers Arcomis who are promoters of new music within an accessible format without boundaries to enjoyment. Arcomis has also commissioned 10 composers to each write a short fanfare for the Arcomis International Brass Event 2013. These fanfares will permeate the festival, announcing the beginning of major concerts.
The event will begin at Cardiff’s St. David’s Hall with an opening fanfare from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force’s Fanfare Team prior to a Gala Concert with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and soloists David Pyatt (french horn), Peter Moore (trombone) and Tine Thing Helseth (trumpet).
Artists at the festival include the very best from the jazz world. Pioneering tubist Oren Marshall will give a performance of improvised, electric tuba music at the St. David’s Level 3 Lounge as a prequel to perhaps the most eagerly anticipated concert of the whole festival: an evening with the ‘wild-men’ of the brass world, Mnozil Brass, who present their showcase Happy Birthday for the first time in Wales. The following morning Mnozil Brass will lead a workshop inspiring the next generation of brass players to expand their creative horizons in a session open to an audience as well as participants. National Youth Jazz Orchestra will also make a rare visit to Cardiff, highlighting the talents of young musicians and vocalists from around the country.
Brass master and virtuoso Allen Vizzutti will also perform and give a workshop at the festival. Vizzutti is best known as the sound behind over 100 motion picture soundtracks, countless television themes and recordings by Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond, Chick Corea, the Commodores and Prince. London Sinfonietta, Britain’s leading music ensemble committed to placing new music at the heart of contemporary culture, will also appear.
Another highlight of the weekend will be a massed outdoor performance of a brand new arrangement based on Mars, from composer Gustav Holst’s The Planets, led by Superbrass, an ensemble of some of the finest brass and percussion players working in London orchestras today.
Focus on the Future
The Brass Event aims not only to entertain, but to educate and inspire. Workshops and master classes will offer visitors with an interest in performance the chance to discover the techniques and skills used by international performers when they practise, rehearse and perform. For those at the festival with limited musical skills or no instrument, there will be a demonstration of the specially created Arcomis Brass App, which will turn a smart phone or tablet into a performance-ready instrument.
BBC National Orchestra of Wales will present an evening of music featuring Malcolm Arnold’s landmark Symphony No. 5, along side a new work inspired by the thrilling artistry of Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet) to bring the event to a close.
Adrian Hull Director of Arcomis and The International Brass Event looks forward to the event getting underway "The event is for everyone who loves music. It will be a showcase of some of the very best musicians and music from the world of brass in orchestral, small ensemble and solo concerts. The festival has taken more than two years to plan and we have been incredibly lucky to be able to put together such an unprecedented line-up. The event really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience such an array of world-class musicians in Wales."
Full information including detailed programmes of the events, timings, sign-ups for workshops and tickets are available at www.brassevent.com
The Arcomis International Brass Event is supported by the Welsh Government through the Major Events Unit and the Arts Council of Wales.