Austonley Brass boasts some of the most sought after brass musicians and educators in the country.

Every single performer with Austonley Brass is a soloist in their own right and is at home on the concert platform or recording studio.

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Having performed live or recorded albums and radio & TV broadcasts with some of the UK’s world class musical ensembles and performers including: The Orchestra of Opera North, the BBC Philharmonic, Halle Brass, the Royal variety Performance Orchestra, Andrea Bocelli, Bon Jovi, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, the Halle Orchestra, the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, McFly, Corrine Bailey-Rae, the Wombats, Elbow, the Black Dyke Mills Band and Dame Shirley Bassey to name a hand full.

Week in week out the musicians of Austonley Brass perform as freelance musicians and musical educators all over the UK, Europe and even further afield including tours of Argentina, Malaysia, China, Japan, Ireland, Greece, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, the USA, Australia and Malta.

Austonley Brass can provide a musical show designed around your particular event or occasion. The ensemble can create programs of music to go with a specific theme and our team of in house arrangers are always happy to work with promoters to fulfill specialized requirements.

For a sample program or to discuss Austonley Brass performing as part of your concert season or recital series please see our contact page for more details and we will be only too happy to discuss your individual requirements.

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Austonley Brass have a repertoire of over 200 original compositions/arrangements.

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Weddings & Occasions

The majestic sound of brass instruments is the perfect way to add splendour to your big day. The Austonley Brass can provide music for your ceremony and reception and create a special memory for you and your guests.

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Austonley Brass can perform the stirring entrance music, processional, recessional and incidental music for your service or provide the entertaining and vibrant background music to get your reception under way with real professionalism. With vast experience in the wedding music field The Austonley Brass Ensemble can provide for your every need. Our highly experienced ensembles can provided you with any repertoire you require – we can pre arrange music specifically for your big day. We can also produce perfectly timed repertoire to enable your event to run as smoothly, efficiently and as flexibly as possible. Below is a sample of just a few songs you may want on your special day:  

Prelude music (pre-ceremony)

  • Canon in D – Pachelbel
  • Greensleeves – (trad.)
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – J.S. Bach
  • The Water Music – G.F. Handel
Processional Music (bridal entrance)
  • Bridal Chorus (Here Comes The Bride) – Wagner
  • Hornpipe from The Water Music - G.F. Handel
  • Trumpet Tune – Purcell
  • Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
Wedding Hymns
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • Love Divine
  • Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
  • Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer
Signing of the Register
  • Air (on the G String) – J.S. Bach
  • Eternal Flame – The Bangles
  • The Irish Blessing – Bacak
  • Music for the Royal Fireworks - Handel
  • Watermusic - Handel
  • The Swan – Saint Saëns
Recessional Music (the exit of the bride)
  • Aria of The Queen of the Night – Mozart
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
  • Overture from The Magic Flute – Mozart
  • Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Mendelssohn
  • ‘Zadok the Priest’ – Handel
  • La Rejouissance - Handel
If there are any pieces or hymns you would like specifically playing at your wedding please contact us as we have a fantastic team of in house arrangers.
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Corporate Events

Music is the most powerful of emotions - it can enhance the impact of any event. In choosing the appropriate music performed to the highest standards you will ensure that your highly valued guests enjoy a perfect occasion, thus providing you with the professional image you require

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Austonley Brass, along with our team of arrangers and composers can provide you with a totally bespoke music service designed to meet the exact requirements of your special event. Our repertoire is widely varied and extends from the Renaissance and Baroque through to Jazz and Pop music – literally from J.S. Bach through to the Beatles.

Should you require music to be specially composed or arranged for your corporate video, event or awards ceremony or an ensemble to provide the musical accompaniment or intermission music, Austonley Brass can cater for all of your musical needs.

Should you require pre-recorded music Austonley Brass have access to a full recording studio using industry standard Pro-Tools and Sibelius music notation software producing sound tracks in high digital formats. Austonley Brass can provide you with an entertaining, virtuosic and exuberant concert different from the more intimate setting of traditional chamber music ensembles. Whether you require background music for a VIP arrival, social event, large banquet, garden party, conference, , sporting events, opening or award ceremonies, Austonley Brass can provide all your musical needs.

This is a fully bespoke service. For details on hiring us or to arrange a consultation please see our contact pages.

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Concerts & Recitals

Austonley Brass can provide for your every need. Our highly experienced ensembles can provided you with any repertoire you require – we can pre arrange music specifically for your concert or recital. We can also produce perfectly timed repertoire to enable your event to run as smoothly, efficiently and as flexibly as possible.

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Austonley Bras have the aim of entertaining audiences all over the UK and further afield with excellent brass music played by the very best British Brass instrumentalists. There has always been a long standing tradition of high quality British brass playing and Austonley Brass endeavour to continue this British legacy by bringing together some of the most sought after brass musicians in the UK in special collaborations with music festivals, concert societies, concert promoters, choral societies, education establishments and recoding companies. This is your opportunity to consider one of Britain's most exciting chamber ensembles for your well respected, highly regarded 2014/2015 concert season. The personnel of Austonley Brass are equally at home on the concert platform or in recording studio having performed live and recorded numerous albums, TV shows and radio broadcasts with professional ensembles and artists such: the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, the Remix Ensemble, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, the Brighouse & Rastrick Band, Elbow, the Black Dyke Band, Liverpool based rock band The Wombats, Corrine Bailey Rae, Hallé Brass, the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, the Andy Prior Big Band, Andrea Bocelli & Bryn Terfel, Manchester Camerata, the Northern Sinfonia, the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Dame Shirley Bassey's Orchestra, and the Royal Variety Performance Orchestra amongst others. This gives you a real sense of the quality that is behind the ethos of Austonley Brass: to entertain audiences to the highest standards. The repertoire performed by Austonley Brass is vast and varied - literally from Bach to the Beatles - Handel to Hendrix - Joplin to the Jackson 5 and everywhere and everyone in between. On request we have a number of sample programmes available for a variety of different types of themed concerts:
  • A Night at the Movies
  • Cathedral Brass
  • The Majesty of Brass and Voices
  • All Around the World
  • A Trip Through Time
  • Broadway Brass
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Masterworks: Original Music for Brass Ensemble
  • Lollipops
If you would like to discuss a particular programme for your event please do not hesitate to contact us by email or telephone. We have a talented team of in house arrangers who provide us with fantastic and unique arrangements written specifically with our players in mind - if you require a specific piece of music arranging for your concert or special occasion please feel free to discuss this with us - all musical genres will be considered.
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Educational Visits

Austonley Brass are hugely dedicated to musical outreach programmes that further the musical horizons of young people throughout the UK.

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We are hugely fortunate that Austonley Brass has a vast amount of experience in the musical education & instrumental teaching sector. Our education packages can be tailor made to suit your establishment’s particular needs. We work delivering workshops to children in Primary schools helping bring music to life in the classroom and offering an introduction into the various instruments in the brass family and how they all work. An introduction to the elements of music is also incorporated in our whole class musical studies. Education packages can be specially designed to fit around a particular theme students are studying in their classes. At secondary school music level our team of instrumental teachers can offer group tuition or individual tuition on any brass instrument. Music can build confidence, self-esteem and social skills making it one of the most important art forms at this crucial time in a students education – the study of a musical instrument has proven results that shows it leads to increased levels of performance and concentration in academic studies. Music teachers can have confidence that their students are receiving tuition from experienced professional brass instrumental tutors to ensure that students are making good progress throughout the school year – students at KS4 music level are offered tuition that aims to fulfil the examination board requirements to access the higher levels of performance mark as part of their GCSE Music studies. Ensemble coaching is another option available to both primary and secondary schools – our team of highly energized and experienced teachers can help take your school ensemble to the next level of performance. At further & higher education level our highly enthusiastic and experienced tutors can offer one to one instrumental tuition to help students achieve their performance goals. Previous HE sessions have included introductions to orchestral excerpts and standard instrumental repertoire in preparation for University and Music Conservatoire auditions. All of the Austonley Brass’s education team have read music at University / Conservatoire level and have experienced the expectation levels these establishments boast. Whether it be an introduction to music at Primary level or an intense course of instrumental study in preparation for a promising musical future Austonley Brass can tailor an education package to your specific requirements.
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Sound Bites

Have a good listen to our featured track below and take a trip to our Soundcloud page to listen much much more by Austonley Brass


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Videos

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Meet the Players

Trumpets

  • Neale Hobson
  • Dave Moore
  • Jim Bulger
  • Andrew Holmes

Horns

  • Phil Garlick

Trombones

  • Chris Gomersall
  • Ryan Watkins
  • James Garlick
  • Garrath Beckwith

Tuba

  • David Clegg
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Composers

Austonley Brass created strong links with established composers and arrangers. Here are our composers in residence:

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Nic Mills

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Nic Mills was born in Nottingham, England in 1991. When he was two, his family moved to Plymouth in the South West of England. He learned to play the flute at primary school and piano at secondary school. In 2006, while at secondary school, Nic took up composition as part of his GCSE music. He is mostly a self-taught composer with some tuition from his music teacher, Pete Twyman (an ex-royal marine). Nic began playing with the local youth ensembles, which included a wind band, youth orchestra and a big band. Here, he got to write many pieces for the bands to play through and towards his final years at school, some pieces were played at concerts in Plymouth.

In 2008, Nic entered the South West Young Composer of the Year Award (England). This competition consisted of writing a piece in reaction to watching a film about a disastrous flood of a Devon village called Boscastle. He won this competition and with the prize money went on a composition course weekend at the Royal Academy of Music that summer. In 2009, he began to learn to play percussion at a summer music school in Plymouth and carried on when he went to University in 2009. From 2010-2012, Nic played percussion with the Diggle Brass Band under the leadership of the great cornet player Mr James Shepherd. They formed a great collaboration and many of Nic's works were written for or trialled by the band. He graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2012 with a 2:1 Bachelor of Music (Hons). While studying at the University, Nic was tutored by Prof Liza Lim, Dr Bryn Harrison, Dr Aaron Cassidy and Dr Scott McLaughlin. He is continuing his compositional studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2013 studying for an MA in Composition.

From February 2011 onwards, Nic has been published with Musikverlag Frank, having nine pieces published so far. These pieces have been premiered by the Swiss Army Brass Band, DSWO (wind orchestra) (Beijing) and Leyland Brass Band. Rochdale Youth Band have also premièred his Ru Whenua piece at the Birmingham Symphony Hall and then repeated the performance at Newcastle's The Sage. He has also reached the final at the Ohio Arts Festival and received a premiere of his piece In Memoriam by the Central Ohio Brass Band in 2012. In early 2013, as a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Harrogate International Youth Festival, Nic has been commissioned to write a piece for the massed bands and orchestras on the finale night. The piece has been named Inspire and was be performed by over 200 musicians on the 3rd April. As part of the Brass For Heroes concert, Nic has been commissioned to write a piece to open the concert called Planets Rising. The world premiere will occur on Saturday 19th October in Huddersfield, UK.

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Events

Bradfield Festival of Music Association – Saturday 5th March 2016 Read more

The Austonley Brass Quintet will perform a 30 minute set along side Cantamus Senior Ensemble and the City of Sheffield Senior Schools Orchestra.

Wisewood Methodist Church
Ben Lane
Sheffield

Saturday 5th March 2016
7:30PM
Tickets £12 Young Person £5

Available by phoning 0114 327 8393

 

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Contact

Contact Us.

James Garlick
Austonely Brass Secretary
james@austonleybrass.co.uk
07812038849
Garrath Beckwith
Austonley Brass Engagement Manager
garrath@austonleybrass.co.uk
07734364526

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