P is for Performance
Presenting a wide variety of performance styles across the full spectrum of brass music
Through its passion for diversity, creativity and innovation The Wallace Collection has created an all encompassing musical ethos. SHARP is a five-point focus to pursue the exceptional and the extraordinary in brass music, with the aim to benefit all who engage with this musical passion.
The Wallace Collection performance schedule whilst encompassing the diversity of brass music, will focus initially on the modern era and the Long Nineteenth Century.
Making Brass Music Timeless
The Wallace Collection’s reputation was forged through innovative approach to performance. Bringing rarely heard gems to the public has helped to foster a brass environment in which the extraordinary and the exceptional can flourish.
The ensemble prides itself on being able to present a broad and versatile library of works to suit every concert setting. A mix of solo and ensemble works feature in the ensemble’s programming, providing a seamless mix of entertainment, enlightenment and enjoyment to its audiences.
Recreating Original Sounds
19th-Century brass music sounds best on the instruments for which it was written. The Ophicleide, keyed bugle and period cornets and trombones have a timbre impossible to reproduce on modern instruments. Access to the Webb Collection of historic brass at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has made it possible for The Wallace Collection to reproduce the near infinite palette of sounds only playable on these priceless brass instruments.
Projects to Create Performance Repertoire
Seeking out major contributors to the brass repertoire has enabled The Wallace Collection to uncover a world of works which are then reintroduced to the public with focus on the five aspects of the SHARP ethos, and ultimately through the ensemble’s performances.
Such contributory projects include:
- a new CD release which presents Music for Brass composed by Peter Maxwell-Davies;
- an on-going recording project which will see all the brass works by the prolific composer, Malcolm Arnold, being compiled for the first time;
- the digital release of solo tracks of new compositions by John Wallace;
- exploratory, experimental and improvisatory performances combining brass with live electronics, as presented through the ground breaking ‘Epiphany Through Music’ contemporary music festival at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, which saw the group work with the renowned Markus Stockhausen;
- transcription of original compositions from the historically significant Cyfarthfa Brass Band Project for use by modern brass bands.
… all of which build the diversity, versatility and appeal of the ensemble’s performance programmes.
Booking or Looking?
Booking The Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection are always delighted to become involved with new opportunities throughout the world, whether it’s to perform in concerts large and small, appear at your festival, act in an ‘ensemble in residence capacity’, engage with educational projects which can be tailored to your needs, offer presentations and demonstrations, present workshops, and engage in the development of brass music in which ever way your imagination can direct … the variety is truly endless.
If you have an idea, it would be fantastic to discuss it with you. To get the wheels in motion, simply contact the ensemble’s Agent and Publicist, Clair Tomalin, with your initial thoughts and any dates you may have in mind .. then we’ll work together to see how we can make your ideas become a reality.
The Wallace Collection has a busy schedule of performances and is delighted to be getting involved with a great variety of festivals, collaborative events, guest solo performances, showcase concerts and pop-up appearances.
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