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Prince Bishops Brass

Wednesday 2nd October 2013, 7;30pm

Mike Walton ~ E flat and Piccolo Trumpets     Derek Ruffel ~ Trumpet and Flugelhorn     Chris Senior ~ French horn
Stuart Gray ~ Trombone                                                             Stephen Boyd ~ tuba

Prince Bishops Brass was formed by a group of brass playing friends who would meet each other whilst playing at various locations around the north of England. During the countless bars rest they encountered while playing for choral societies, operatic companies, symphony orchestras, function bands and big bands, they decided to get together as a brass quintet to eliminate the need to count quite so much. Being based in County Durham, the name Prince Bishops Brass was an obvious choice.

They have amassed an enormous repertoire of music from renaissance through baroque and classical to upbeat jazz and swing arrangements. The group are committed performers and strongly believe that live music should be exciting and entertaining. Their concerts are a tour of musical styles from baroque to big band, with stops in between. To visit the ensemble’s own website click here. While there click on ‘Repertoire’ and you will hear them display their virtuosity while playing ‘The Saints Hallelujah’. Click here to see and hear them accompanying a new version of ‘The Blaydon Races’ written to mark the song’s centenary.


Paul Dukas ~ Fanfare Le Péri
Jeremiah Cl;arke ~ Suite in D
J.S.Bach ~ Fugue in G minor
Samuel Barber ~ Adagio
Bram Tovey ~ Santa Barbara Sonata
Stephen Foster ~ Glendy Burke
Michael Kamen ~ Guintet
Giles Farnaby ~ Fancies, Toyes and Dreams
George Gershwin ~ Summertime, Love is Here to Stay, I Got Rhythm
Ray Chester ~ Songs of Northumbria:- Bobby Shaftoe, Keel Row, Waters of Tyne and others
Leonard Bernstein ~ West Side Story:- Something Coming. Maria, Tonight, America