International acts top Brass Festival

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If St Andrews Voices Festival whetted your appetite for music the town is looking forward to a further feast of music in the coming fortnight.

On Sunday, November 8, at 7.30pm in St Salvator’s Chapel, the chapel choir, under the direction of University Organist Tom Wilkinson will present their annual Remembrance concert.

The performance, which also includes contributions from organ scholars Sean Heath and George Barrett, will include music by Purcell, Brahms and arrangements of Scots songs to feature on the choir’s forthcoming CD of traditional songs, to be released during November.

The St Andrews Concert Series continues on Thursday, December 12 with a performance by one of the most recognisable string quartets in the world today.

The Brodsky Quartet have performed more than 3000 concerts since their foundation in 1972 and are currently Artists in Residence at London’s King’s Place.

Their St Andrews programme will include Beethoven’s ‘Harp’ Quartet (op. 74 no. 10) and Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 5, first performed on the death of Stalin in 1953.

The concert in the Younger Hall begins at 7.30pm and tickets are available on the door.

Next weekend, the focus turns to brass as world-renowned ensemble The Wallace Collection take up residence in the University Music Centre for the annual St Andrews Brass Festival.

Excited about the upcoming festival is co-ordinator of the Brass Festival on behalf of the University Music Centre, Bede Williams: “It is important for a music festival of any sort to have performers and performances that are extraordinary in every way. The brass festival this year all leads to the concert given by Ian Bousfield and the Wallace Collection in which their playing of the highest international standard will reveal the delicacy and sensitivity of brass instruments from the nineteenth century.”

Highlights include a free ‘come and play’ workshop for brass players of all ages and abilities led by members of the ensemble on Saturday, November 14, Younger Hall, 10am – 3pm. The festival closes with a unique concert in St Salvator’s Chapel on Sunday evening, 15 November at 7.30pm.

During this event, the Wallace Collection and St Salvator’s Chapel Choir will mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the subsequent Congress of Vienna with the first modern performance of a Requiem composed in 1815 by Haydn pupil Sigismund von Neukomm.

The concert will also feature a performance by Ian Bousfield, until recently Principal Trombonist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, of Ernst Sache’s Concertino.