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To mark the announcement of their selection as 2018 CMF Artists, A4 Brass Quartet appeared on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune on Tuesday 25th September.

They were interviewed by Katie Derham and played three contrasting pieces by Anton Bruckner, Martin Ellerby, and Percy Grainger.

In conversation with Katie, they told her about their plans for the future, about being an unique ensemble, and how they’re constantly breaking new ground for the brass band movement. Before their formation at the Royal Northern College of Music, their combination of four brass band instruments playing as a chamber ensemble had never before become established. As a result, the Quartet have worked tirelessly to create a repertoire for themselves, both through commissioning and arranging, most of which is done by two members of the group, Jonathan Bates and Chris Robertson.

You can listen again here until Thursday 25th October 2018.

Looking ahead to Christmas, A4 Brass Quartet will be performing at St Bart’s the Less on Wednesday 19th December as part of our 2018-19 Lunchtime Recital Series. Their recital will feature carols sacred and secular, from Poulenc to Santy Baby, all arranged for brass quartet. Tickets are free, but they are available to reserve here due to limited availability.

Wednesday 19th December 2018, 1pm
A4 Brass Quartet: a celebration of Christmas
St Bart’s the Less

We’re delighted to announce the six artists joining the CMF Artist Programme as ‘2018 CMF Artists’:

  • A4 Brass Quartet
  • Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano)
  • Toby Hughes (double bass)
  • Ariana Kashefi (cello)
  • Tom Millar (jazz piano)
  • Emily Sun (violin)

Chosen from over 150 applicants, these six successful artists were selected through a series of audition stages, culminating in a final live audition chaired by Ian Ritchie (Festival Curator & Artistic Director). Judges included Michael Collins (clarinetist & conductor), Gary Crosby (Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Tomorrow’s Warriors), Huw Humphreys (Head of Music, Barbican Centre), Mats Lidström (cellist & composer), Sebastian Scotney (Editor, London Jazz News), Roger Vignoles (pianist), and Howard Williams (conductor).

Meet the 2018 CMF Artists

A4 Brass Quartet

A4 Brass Quartet is comprised of principal players from two of the UK’s top brass bands, Grimethorpe Colliery Band and Foden’s. With “technical virtuosity in abundance” (Brass Band World), these four astonishing musicians come together to perform both lyrical and high-octane works, creating a distinctive and new take on chamber music.

Read more on A4 Brass Quartet’s CMF Artist page


Helen Charlston

Hailed as a “rather special mezzo” (MusicWeb International), Helen Charlston’s warm and distinctive tone has cemented her as a key performer in the next generation of British singers. She received first prize in the 2018 Handel Singing Competition and she will make her debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in the upcoming season.

Read more on Helen’s CMF Artist page


Toby Hughes

Toby Hughes is one of the UK’s leading double bass soloists. A true virtuoso, Toby has exceeded the perceived limitations of his instrument by being the first double bassist to win the Bromsgrove International Music Competition. He has performed recitals in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh International Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and St Martin in the Fields.

Read more on Toby’s CMF Artist page


Ariana Kashefi

British cellist Ariana Kashefi has a wealth of experience performing solo and chamber music in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, and Pierre Boulez Saal. Ariana is a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Julius Isserlis Scholarship and frequently performs as a soloist with orchestras. This season includes concertos with the Narva Symphony Orchestra (Estonia), North London Symphony Orchestra, and the Janus Ensemble.

Read more on A4 Ariana’s CMF Artist page


Tom Millar

Tom Millar is a London-based pianist, composer, and bandleader. With his own quartet, he has performed at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Pizza Express Jazz Club (Soho), Vortex, 606 Club, KKL Lucerne, and the Paul Klee Centre (Switzerland), as well as at the London Jazz Festival. His debut album, Unnatural Events, was launched in 2017.

Read more on Tom’s CMF Artist page


Emily Sun

Equally at home in recital and in front of an orchestra, Australian violinist Emily Sun was the winner of the 2018 ABC Young Performers Award, which will see her perform concertos with the Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras in the coming seasons. Performance highlights include performance of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with Maxim Vengerov at Buckingham Palace, as well as recitals at Tchaikovsky Great Hall Moscow, Tel Aviv Opera, Auditorium du Louvre, and Wigmore Hall.

Read more on Emily’s CMF Artist page

Photography © Benjamin Ealovega

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