Surrey Brass is 15 in 2017.
To mark this auspicious occasion we are planning to celebrate by playing some of the innovative and entertaining music we have commissioned in our concerts this year. The Projects menu will take you to some of the things we've done.
Surrey Brass was founded in August 2001 by John Goodwin and aims to develop the fine tradition of ensemble brass performance originated by the internationally famous Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, by widening the audience for brass ensemble music, enlarging the repertoire, and providing enjoyment for everyone.
Surrey Brass plays a wide, innovative and entertaining repertoire to a high standard, incorporating fresh influences from diverse musical sources including Classical, Jazz, Film, and World Music. Our talented musicians are some of the best players in the county of Surrey. We are particularly keen on encouraging young brass players and every year perform at least one concert involving them - hopefully some will join us in future.
Surrey Brass aims to promote the Arts in all its forms and is keen to form new performing relationships with local Arts organisations, composers and arrangers in the county of Surrey. We publish sheet music of our own and other peoples’ arrangements for brass ensemble on our website to help widen the performance of this music.
Surrey Brass regularly commissions new music. Past commissions include music to accompany the silent films of Cecil Hepworth, a major piece to commemorate Concorde, which was premiered in the hangar at Brooklands, and the "Energy Suite", a major jazz-based work drawing attention to man's relationship with energy over the ages. We have plans for 2017, our 15th year of performing. If you are interested in collaborating in a musical project please get in touch.
We also aim to perform at least one Charity concert every year and have raised many thousands of pounds for various causes including Age Concern, Tsunami relief, help to the Third World, Amnesty International, and fundraising for a new Village Hall in Elstead, Surrey. Please contact us if we might help your fundraiser.