Who we are
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. Our talented musicians include the best semi-professional players in Surrey, UK. 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.
What we do
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 is versatile, being able to perform as a Quintet, Dectet, or larger ensemble. We often feature our own players as soloists, and frequently collaborate with other organisations and performers.
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, Barnardo's, Amnesty International, and fundraising for a new Village Hall in Elstead, Surrey. Please contact us if we might help your fundraiser, we would be delighted to hear from you.
What we play
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.
Whenever we can find sponsorship, we commission new music. We began this innovation effort at our very first concert in 2002, with a Golden Jubilee Fanfares competition, which was won by John Hughes with Golden Jubilee Fanfare (No.1) - John Hughes which Surrey Brass still perform regularly.
Other commissions include:
- Loud Music for Silent Films - music to accompany the silent films of Cecil Hepworth.
- A major piece to commemorate Concorde by Rob Davies, which was premiered in the hangar at Brooklands Museum together with an audience visit to the Concorde exhibit there.
- "Brass Energy" by Barry Forgie", a major jazz-based work drawing attention to man's relationship with energy over the ages. Forward-looking in 2012, it anticipated today's wider public awareness of Climate Change.
- First Performance of "A Modest Suite for Bass Trumpet" by Gordon Carr
- Learn more about Surrey Brass Innovation
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Please Support Us!
Most unusually for musical organisations of our type, Surrey Brass is entirely self-funded. Please Support Surrey Brass.
We rely on income from concerts, but this alone is not enough to enable us to grow and put on more concerts to a wide audience.
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Thank you for all your support - we really need it!