New brass inspired festival to take place in Cardiff in October packed with world class talent.
Details have been announced of the exciting Arcomis International Brass Event, which will take place in Cardiff in October.
Over the weekend of the 10th-13th October, the special music event will offer a remarkable opportunity to see and hear some of the best musicians from the world of brass.
‘The Brass Event’ will be based at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Cardiff University School of Music, with the three high profile venues hosting celebrated UK and international artists.
World class concerts, performances and recitals will offer audiences the chance to enjoy the very best performers in the world, whilst foyer and street performances will spill out into Cardiff Centre creating a amazing festival atmosphere.
Behind the scenes
Masterclasses and ‘Behind the Scenes’ events are also included in the programme offering a fascinating insight into the elite artists’ world, whilst workshops will enthral and inspire school children, talented young musicians and composers of the future.
With the theme ‘Brass without Boundaries, organisers Arcomis, a promoter of new music, have created experiences and performances that are open to everyone to be enjoyed by music lovers of all ages.
The Brass Event is the second International Music Event produced by Arcomis and follows the successful Arcomis International Flute Event in 2011.
The Brass Event opens with inspired British brass concertos and an Armenian firecracker, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and three of Europe’s most celebrated soloists: David Pyatt (Horn), Peter Moore (trombone) and Tine Thing Helseth (trumpet)
There is also an evening with Mnozil Brass, the ‘wild-men’ of the brass world, presenting their showcase Happy Birthday for the first time in Wales
In addition there will be pioneering classical-jazz fusion from world-renowned tuba virtuoso Oren Marshall, a performance of intimate chamber music featuring David Pyatt, Principal Horn of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and award-winning Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth in a performance of a selection from her latest CD release.
Jazz fans can look forward to a performance by the UK’s finest young jazz musicians - the NYJO, as well as a theatrically animated programme of Britain’s contemporary music performed by an ensemble from the London Sinfonietta.
Not to be missed will be an evening with the versatile virtuoso Allen Vizzutti and a performance by euphonium superstar David Childs, as well as a showcase of some of the finest brass and percussion players working in London Orchestras today - Superbrass
There will also be a concert of works featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and soloist Håkan Hardenberger whose career has redefined the trumpet for the 21st century.
Arcomis International Brass Event Director Dr Adrian Hull told 4BR: "The vision of Arcomis since its inception in 2007 has been to promote and encourage new music. The Brass Event is therefore designed to ignite the imagination and broaden horizons.
The programme has been crafted to be entertaining whilst also pushing into uncharted territory, avoiding artificial barriers between the classical and contemporary. Artists will stretch the limits of what they and their instruments can do through both familiar and unfamiliar music."
He added: "A key feature of the event will be the ‘behind-the-scenes’ sessions. Master classes, workshops and seminars offering a chance to witness how the very best performers and teachers inspire the next generation of players. Not normally open to the public these sessions are an opportunity to get uniquely close to the worlds finest brass musicians.
We hope that audiences, both young and old, will draw inspiration from these exceptional experiences with some of the world’s leading brass players in Cardiff, in what promises to be an extraordinary weekend."
The Arcomis International Brass Event is supported by the Welsh Government through the Major Events Unit and the Arts Council of Wales.
Minister for the Economy, Edwina Hart told 4BR: "The Welsh Government is supporting Arcomis International Music Events for the next three years as the event provides a unique opportunity to bring together world-class musicians to showcase the best music and highlights Wales as an important destination for excellence in the creative industries.
I wish Arcomis well with the preparations for the 2013 Brass event."
Information about The Brass Event is available at www.brassevent.com
Individual tickets and full event premium passes, with VIP behind-the-scenes access, are now on sale from St David’s Hall Box Office on +44 (0)29 20 878 444