Music Network Presents, world-class British quintet Onyx Brass, from 17 - 28 April

08 March 2012

‘Supremely virtuoso, resplendent and dramatic, questing and deft...all delivered with a liberated and characterful imagination… some of the most thrilling chamber brass-playing of its kind.’ Gramophone Magazine

‘You have hit the jack-pot with these artists. Our audience just loved them. Almost a week later people are calling me about how much they enjoyed the concert.’  Holly Thomas, Artistic Director, Candlelight Concert Society, Columbia

Prepare to be blown away by Onyx Brass, a world-class British quintet that has charmed audiences across Europe and America with its virtuosity, exuberance and on-stage banter. The ensemble tour Ireland from 17 - 28 April performing a programme of classical favourites alongside new works by contemporary composers, as well as a new work commissioned for Onyx Brass by composer Andrew Hamilton called "two slow phrases piece".  Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices in venues around Ireland, and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm.  Music Network is funded by the Arts Council. Further information at This tour is co-promoted with Moving on Music.

Dubbed ‘easily the classiest brass ensemble in Britain’ by BBC Music magazine, the Onyx Brass ensemble has bedazzled audiences and critics alike all over Europe and the USA. Their mission:  to present the brass quintet as a serious medium for chamber music, with a special interest in bringing new works to the widest possible audience. To that end they have performed and recorded world premières by such musical big hitters as Jonathan Dove, Bob Chilcott, John McCabe, Judith Bingham and Michael Nyman.

Why do audiences love them so much? The quintet consists of top-notch players with principal positions in The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of English National Opera, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. But the secret to their success lies in their utterly infectious enthusiasm for the repertoire and their ability to charm and educate their audience in equal measure. A must for lovers of classical and contemporary music at its finest. All doubters, prepare to be converted!

Maynard: Fanfare
Shostakovich: G major fugue
Bach: G major Fugue "The Great"
MacRae: Two Cairns
Bach: Fugue in A flat major
Shostakovich: Fugue in A flat major
Copland: Rodeo (Three Dance Episodes), arr. Joseph Hollings
Ives: Variations on "America", arr. Howey
Andrew Hamilton: "two slow phrases piece" commissioned for Onyx Brass
Jackson: Anything But
Mick Foster: Hamlet Stories
Various Songs from the Shows

Tour details here.