‘Monica and John McCabe’ – Thank you so much for the wonderful performance of Hawk in Winter Light/McCabe last night at the QEH. What a terrific concert. I loved all the pieces, including both new ones. And what playing! No wonder John was so knocked out by you when he heard you do his piece Rounds some while back. Our very best good wishes to you. From John McCabe and Monica
‘Len Jenkinson, Concert Organiser, Music at Duffield’ – Total Brass gave us a superb concert. The programme was well balanced with something for everyone. The standard of performance was very high, and the group engaged well with the audience, speaking about the pieces, the techniques used in them and talking about the range of instruments and mutes. They dressed smartly, which was just right for the occasion.
‘Colin Smith MBE’ – Just watched You Tube recording of Total Brass opening the Gramophone Awards last night. Super Fanfare by 5 very smart musicians. Well done everyone!Mixing with great and good at last. Keep up the good work!
‘Jannet Ferrett’ – Weymouth Music Club’s latest Sunday Concert was a smasher. Five young, award-winning and extremely talented brass players have combined to form a quintet called Total Brass. Undeterred by the relative lack of original brass quintet compositions, Total Brass entertained the audience with music full of interest and variety.
‘Jim Forsyth – Trinity Baptist Church, Chesham’ – A thoroughly enjoyable evening of classical music and entertainment with a number of impressive performances by Total Brass. This quintet is one to watch out for!
‘Daniel Harding – Kent University’ – We’re still reeling from a perfectly-polished recital from the young players from the RAM who make up Total Brass at lunchtime. Fiercely sodden weather conditions did not dissuade the public from gathering at the Gulbenkian Theatre this lunchtime to hear the new concert series launched in fine style, with some scintillating playing from a group clearly at the top of their game. A diverse programme, thoughtfully put together, took us from a lively arrangement of Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm to Anthony Plog’s Four Sketches, and some deft syncopation and seamless ensemble work in Crespo’s challenging Suite Americana. The players delivered a finely-crafted programme with real flair, including some fierce trumpet-duelling in the Crespo, lyrical melodic playing from the trombone, and punchy off-beat ducking and diving from the group as a whole that was both assured and dynamic. Bravo to the group; this year’s series has been launched with terrific verve. We hope you canoe back up to London safely!