Brass Weekend 2024

Friday 25 October — Sunday 27 October 2024

Ellesmere College

Applications will open in July 2024

Our brass weekend is aimed at experienced orchestral brass players with good sight reading ability. We aspire to play to a high standard, but above all the aim is to have a fun weekend, playing in different sized ensembles and making good music with like-minded people.

The weekend starts at 5pm on the first day and ends at 4pm on the last day.

We will rehearse three repertoire works with a final play through at the end of the weekend. Participants will also play in two octets, sight reading a wide range of repertoire. Details of music to be played in the octets will be circulated to participants nearer the time.

The Orchestral Brass ensemble is made up of:

  • Six trumpets – to include players doubling on flugel horn, piccolo and D/E-flat trumpets
  • Four horns
  • Three trombones
  • Euphonium doubling trombone
  • Two tubas
  • A timpanist/percussion player

The programme has become very popular and we are expecting that there is likely to be competition for some places. Early application is encouraged, since applications will be considered in the order they are received. The Musical Director’s decision on participation is final.

The subscription for the 2023 weekend is £225, which includes accommodation and full board at Ellesmere College.

The weekend is led by Shaun Matthew, EOS Brass Musical Director – see below.

Shaun Matthew

Shaun Matthew

EOS Brass Musical Director

A musician who strives for all members of the public to find something in all forms of classical music; tuba player, conductor and animateur, Shaun Matthew was awarded the Mortimer Furber Prize for conducting contemporary music and has worked with some of the UKs finest orchestras, including the BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Chineke Orchestra.

Click here for Shaun's full biog.

2024 Repertoire

Study works:

Hans Werner Henze Ragtimes and Habaneras

Jan Koestier Corale Variato

Gabrieli Canzon quarti tonii for 3 brass choirs

Gabrieli Sonata XVIII for 3 brass choirs

There will be opportunities to sightread a wide range of repertoire in brass octets.