Concert 5 - Wednesday 14 February 2018 at 8pm PDF Print E-mail

SEPTURA brass ensemble


Bridging la Manche


Josquin  Ave Maria   

"represents the very pinnacle of the art

of brass ensemble performance."


"This is virtuoso playing: glossy, brilliantly articulated,

audaciously coloured, technically flawless."


Parsons Ave Maria   
Rameau  Suite from Dardanus   
Purcell       The Married Beau        
Debussy Preludes  
Parry Songs of farewell  
Ravel Trois Chansons  
Vaughan Williams   The Turtle dove  


Septura brings together London's leading brass players to re-define brass chamber music through the uniquely expressive sound of the brass septet. By creating a canon of transcriptions, arrangements and new commissions, Septura aims to re-cast the brass ensemble as a serious artistic medium. As well as appearing in recital, Septura have now recorded five CDs of their arrangements for Naxos to considerable acclaim.

Appropriately for these post-Brexit times, Septura's programme reminds us of the musical links between Britain and the continent over the last 500 years, comparing and contrasting the work of near contemporaries separated by la Manche.

We start with church music of the mid-16th century, moving on to theatre music composed by Purcell and Rameau (both reflecting the influence of Lully). The second half consists of music from the early years of the 20th century – Debussy rewriting the long tradition of the prelude, Parry and Ravel writing songs in response to the events of the Great War and culminating with Vaughan Williams setting an English folksong he had collected himself.