" ...dazzling dexterity... "
In April this year we visited Bristol University to give a lunchtime recital at their stunning Victoria Rooms. The main reason for our visit was to première a new work for trombone quartet - 'It Felt Like Drowning' by Elan Higueras Calvo. Elan was the winner of the 'Inspired - A Life of Breath' composition competition organised by Jess Farr-Cox in collaboration with Prof. John Pickard and the University's Composition department. Elan writes: "It Felt Like Drowning is a piece that explores the pain and suffering that victims of domestic violence abuse experience. Breathlessness, anxiety and silent resilience are expressed musically in this trombone quartet." We stood in a line along the front of the stage quite far apart from each other, this was to enable the spatial effects of the rhythmic exchanges between players. With very long held notes, quick mute changes, cross-harmonic slurs and flutter tongue effects there was lots of tension and drama created in his writing. Sound clip coming soon...
We also performed music of Monteverdi, in his 450th birthday year, Beethoven, Gershwin and Bernstein, celebrating 60 years since he wrote West Side Story.
After the recital we gave a brass masterclass with members of the University's brass department. We heard a variety of styles and players perform solo works with piano. We greatly enjoyed what was lovely sunny day in Bristol and a huge thanks to Elan, Jess and John for making it all possible.
Picture above is a glass-blown trombone, a work of art from Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art 1768-2017 at the RWA, Bristol.
'In the Same Breath' by Kate Williams, 2008, borosilicate glass / 40 x 125 x 40 cm / courtesy of the artist / Photo (copyright) Yiannis Katsaris
We have some brand new arrangements for trombone choir now available from our shop page.
They include Mussorgsky's complete 'Pictures at an Exhibition' for 12 trombones arranged by Robert Holliday, plus trombone octet arrangements of Fucik 'Entry of the Gladiators', Berlioz 'March to the Scaffold' and Gounod 'March of a Marionette' by Duncan Wilson, as well as Wagner 'Parsifal Prelude', Mussorgsky 'Great Gate of Kiev' and Tchaikovsky 'A Pine Forest in Winter' by Robert Holliday.
Please have a browse through our catalogue!
We were thrilled and very humbled to receive this handmade 'Thank You' card from all the students in the Cheddar Valley Music Club after our recent visit. Inside it read:
" Thank you so much for the very special day Bones Apart gave us in Cheddar. You are the most amazing players and teachers. We hope you will be able to visit us again soon. With best wishes from The Cheddar Valley Music Club "
It was filled with lovely comments from all of the students telling us what they each enjoyed from the day.
Receiving feedback like this is so important to us and it really drives us forward in our passion for music and bringing it to as many people as possible. Thank You! :)
Artwork by Katherine Amey
This month we embark on a series of concerts and workshops around the UK, with performances in Nottingham, Glasgow and Cheddar.
On Friday 8th April we are giving an 'After Hours' recital at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. We perform immediately after the Hallé Orchestra's concert that evening and our eclectic programme will include 'Scenes from Sherwood' by Dan Jenkins. Where better to hear this uniquely entertaining take on the legendary characters of Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Friar Tuck and the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham!
Then from April 15-17 we are heading to Glasgow. We give a lunchtime recital at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on Friday 15th April, when we will perform our Shakespeare-inspired programme 'If Music Be The Food Of Love'. We join this year's celebrations of 'The Bard' with music by Dowland, Mendelssohn, Duke Ellington, Jason Carr and Leonard Bernstein to name a few. This is followed by a masterclass with the brass students of the RCS.
On Saturday 16th April we will be giving a short workshop at the junior RCS and we look forward to hearing and working alongside these talented youngsters.
The finale to our Scottish visit will be taking part in the British Trombone Society's Scotland Event on Sunday 17th April, also held at the RCS. The day will include workshops, massed blows, recitals, trade stands, masterclasses, Led Zeppelin and maybe even some haggis! Do come along and say hello!
We return to the South West on Monday 25th April with a concert at the Kings Theatre in Cheddar, Somerset. The day will include visits to primary schools and an afternoon workshop for trombones, euphoniums, baritones and tubas. In the evening we perform in a joint concert with all the day's workshop participants at the Kings Theatre.
It promises to be a fun day for all, so do come and join us!
We are delighted to announce that we have a number of seasonal quartet arrangements now available to buy from our Shop.
For those of you who are struggling for Christmas gift ideas you can also buy a copy of our CD All We Want for Christmas, but hurry and catch the Christmas post!
In March we were very glad to be invited to take part in the 2015 Bromley Trombone Workshop.
We gave an informal recital to all the trombone delegates and later coached the massed trombone choir. We performed in the evening concert which included a joint piece with Bromley Temple SA Band and their conductor Geoffrey Nunn. A huge highlight was meeting up with Brett, Paul, Garry and Adrian of the Black Dyke Trombone Quartet - we couldn't resist posing for a selfie!
Special thanks to Richard Debonnaire for organising every last detail, even down to the delicious tea! We had a fantastic day! To read Richard's review of the event click here
We visited Dulwich College during their first ever 'Trombone Week' for some workshops and a recital. It also happened to be Red Nose Day for Comic Relief! We had a great time with all the brass students there and huge thanks to the Head of Brass Robin Smith for making it all possible.
To read a review from our visit please click here
We have some exciting performances and workshops coming up in March. We begin on March 2nd with giving some ensemble coaching and adjudicating the Bernard Brown Brass Ensemble Competition at the Birmingham Conservatoire. On March 13th we are off to London for workshops and a recital at Dulwich College.
We are very pleased to be part of this year's Bromley Trombone Day on March 28th - it promises to be a fun filled day with something for everyone!
Then we are off to Appleby in Cumbria to give a recital of our Shakespeare programme "If Music Be The Food Of Love..." on March 29th. Its a few years since our last visit to Appleby and we are really looking forward to it!
In June and July we will be touring our programme entitled 'El Nuevo Mundo' - a musical voyage from the Spanish peninsula to the discovery of the Americas. The programme is a colourful mix of music by Purcell, Nazareth, Copland, Gershwin and Piazzolla.
We hope to see some of you there!
Our Sheet Music store has just been updated with several new and exciting arrangements on our new Trombone Choir and Trombone Trio pages. Titles include Schubert 18 Canons and Chorales for trombone trio, as well as new octet arrangements of Elgar's Nimrod, Puccini's Nessun Dorma and Welsh traditional All Through The Night.
More titles coming soon!
In March we began touring our new 'Chasing Legends' programme of music inspired by myths, legends and fairy tales.
Music by Monteverdi, Tchaikovsky, Massenet, Ravel and Malcolm Arnold as well as a new commission by Dan Jenkins Scenes from Sherwood. We gave performances across the UK in Leicester, Manchester and Cardiff as well as an appearance at the International Belgian Brass Festival.
Read the review of our concert at the Leicester International Festival here
We have recently released our latest CD entitled All We Want for Christmas
Plenty of Christmas favourites including: Prokofiev Troika, Berlioz Shepherd's Farewell, Warlock Bethlehem Down, Handel For Unto Us A Child Is Born, alongside popular festive songs Santa Baby, Winter Wonderland and Let it Snow!
In April Bones Apart embarked upon another tour to the USA this time travelling to Ohio, Chicago, New York and New Jersey to give a series of master classes, ensemble workshops and concerts including a joint concert with the trombone section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a masterclass with students at the Juilliard School of Music... (read more)
four4four features four original works for trombone quartet by Simon Wills, Eric Ewazen, Brian Lynn and Dan Jenkins. For more information please visit our shop page.
As part of their 10th Anniversary tour Bones Apart appeared at the International Trombone Festival in Austin, Texas from July 7th - 10th.