Bank Holiday Brass Spectacular

Mon, 7 May 2018 at 1.00pm

On Bank Holiday Monday, 7 May, Cambridge-based brass ensemble make a welcome return to St Albans Cathedral with a programme of classical favourites.

All are welcome; the recital will be around 50 minutes and admission is free, with a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral music funds.


Paris Fanfare  Paul Patterson (b.1947)

The Banks of Green Willow  George Butterworth (1885-1916) arr. Chris Holt

Don Giovanni's Descent into Hell  Jan Koetsier (1911-2006)

Scherzo & Nocturne from A Midsummer Night's Dream Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Capriol Suite Peter Warlock (1894-1930) arr. Eric Crees

Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2  Franz Liszt (1811-1886) arr. Richard Bissill 


Cambridge-based Prime Brass was formed in 1989 by trumpeter Paul Garner. For its first thirteen years Prime Brass appeared predominantly as a quintet, but since 2002 the ensemble has developed into a dectet, and it is in this formation that Prime Brass currently gives most of its concerts.

As well as regular dectet performances, the ensemble expands for a few concerts each year to perform repertoire for symphonic forces or larger. In particular, the players appreciate the opportunity to perform regularly in Ely and Peterborough Cathedrals St Albans Abbey and in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge.

Prime Brass gives annual recitals with organ in King’s Chapel, conducted by the Director of Music at King’s, Stephen Cleobury; and in Ely Cathedral with Paul Trepte.

In addition to recitals on its own and with organ, Prime Brass enjoys performing with choirs, and has worked with: the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge; the Choir of Ely Cathedral; Cambridge University’s CUMS Chorus; Cambridge Voices; Cambridge Philharmonic Chorus; New Cambridge Singers; Imperial Male Voice Choir, Huntingdon Male Voice Choir and Cambridge Chorale.

Prime Brass has also performed at The English Church in Amsterdam, Notre Dame de Paris and the Church of Saint-Eustache in Paris. In 2018 the group has performed at York Minster and the Northumberland Music Festival.

Prime Brass is also well known for its performances at the lighter end of the musical spectrum, and the ensemble has achieved notable success in family concerts with titles such as ‘Prime Brass at the Circus’, ‘Prime Brass in Space’, ‘Around the World with Prime Brass’, ‘Voyage of the Bugle’ and ‘Sleigh Ride’. The group perform at West Road Concert Hall Cambridge family concerts at Christmas and in the summer.

The ensemble has recorded five CDs with air play on Classic FM and BBC radio 3. The most recent, Spirit of the Age, is now available by download on iTunes and Spotify.

The group has a junior feeder group Junior Prime Brass with its musical director Christopher Lawrence a former Tuba player with Prime Brass. JPB were one of the ensembles playing at the Schools Proms at the Albert Hall in 2016.

Prime Brass and Junior Prime Brass perform regularly in the Cambridge area: please visit for details.


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