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Uppermill Methodist Church
High Street
Uppermill, OLDHAM

T: 01706 849344


A4 Brass Quartet

Uppermill Summer Music Festival 2019 - Uppermill Methodist Church, 82 High St, Uppermill, Oldham OL3 6AX

Thurs 11th July 2019 19.30, £8

Winners of the Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Competition in 2018, this exemplary group bring style and polish to everything they play.

With “technical virtuosity in abundance” (Brass Band World), these four accomplished musicians, all principal players from some of the UK’s top brass bands (including Grimethorpe Colliery, Brighouse & Rastrick and Foden’s) come together to perform both lyrical and high-octane works.

Tonight’s programme has been carefully chosen to display the ensemble’s virtuosity to the full: whether in arrangements of more familiar gems or in brand news works written especially for them. A must for all lovers of brass at its best!

The Quartet has performed widely throughout the UK appearing at major venues and festivals including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room, St. Margaret’s Church Westminster Abbey (for Park Lane Group), Lake District Summer Music and King’s Lynn Festivals.

More recently they have completed engagements which included a residency at the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland, a concert in the Ceresio Estate Festival in Switzerland and a re-invitation to the Trakai Fanfare Week in Lithuania.

The Quartet has featured on national television and radio, appearing three times on both ITV’s Christmas Carol Concerts and BBC Radio 3’s ‘In-Tune’ with Sean Rafferty and Katie Derham. In 2016 they released their debut CD at the RNCM Brass Band Festival featuring new, original music composed for them, including works by Martin Ellerby, Edward Gregson, Oliver Waespi and Nigel Clarke.

A4 Brass have won numerous prizes and awards including the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition, a Tunnell Trust Award, the Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Platform series and the Musicians’ Company Concert Series.

The Quartet has a unique blend of instruments, with a cornet, tenor horn, baritone and euphonium creating an exclusive sound that stands out from the standard brass quartet. With this unusual instrumentation, A4 Brass has actively developed their repertoire, commissioning new music, composing and arranging music themselves.

Programme to include:

Toccata – Jonathan Bates
Overture to ‘The Bartered Bride’ – Smetana
Fugue in G minor – J.S. Bach
Six Romanian Folk Dances – Bartok
Street Songs: Movement 4 – Bramwell Tovey
Libertango – Piazzolla
Deuxieme Arabesque – Debussy
Electra Dances – Martin Ellerby
Shepherd’s Hey – Grainger
Carnival of Venice – J B Arban


How to Book

You can buy tickets from the Uppermill Summer Music Festival website

Buy them from Uppermill Post Office (from May 8th)

Write a cheque payable to “Uppermill Summer Music Festival” c/o 53, Netherhouse Road, Shaw OL2 7HY, clearly stating your ticket requirements and enclosing a SSAE

under-18s free (no ticket required)

please note all seating is unreserved

Road Directions

Free parking can be found next to the museum, or at Saddleworth Leisure Centre (OL3 6HQ) about 500m from Uppermill Methodist and Sacred Heart Churches.

Public Transport Directions

If travelling by train, the festival venues are all only a short walk (c. 10 mins) from Greenfield Train Station, on the Manchester Victoria to Huddersfield line,. Evening concerts are timed to coincide with train times.

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