Tuesday 19 September 2017

Celebrating musical pilfering: Septura's Kleptomania at St John's Smith Square

The brass septet, Septura, has a new concert series at St John's Smith Square, London and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. Called Kleptomania the series presents prize pickings of music that the group has "stolen" through transcription for brass septet: plunder from string ensembles, pianists, chamber orchestras and singers. 

They open with Stolen Strings at St John's Smith Square on 19 September 2017 with transcriptions of Elgar's Serenade,, Walton's Sonata, Shostakovich's Eighth String Quartet. Future concerts include Pilfered Piano (Debussy Préludes, Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition), Borrowed Baroque (Rameau Dardanus, Handel Rinaldo, Stravinsky Pulcinella) and Song Swag (Ravel Mother Goose, Fauré Mélodies, Gershwin Piano Preludes and An American in Paris)

Septura is made up of Philip Cobb (Trumpet), Simon Cox (Trumpet & Artistic Director), Huw Morgan (Trumpet), Alan Thomas (Trumpet), Matthew Gee (Trombone), Matthew Knight (Trombone & Artistic Director), Daniel West (Bass Trombone), Sasha Koushk-Jalali (Tuba) and Peter Smith (Tuba). The group is recording a series of 10 discs for Naxos Records, each focused on a particular period, genre and set of composers, creating a ‘counter-factual history’ of brass chamber music.

Full details from the Septura website.

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