Brass septet

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Brass septet

Virtuoso playing: glossy, brilliantly articulated, audaciously coloured, technically flawless.
Anna Picard, BBC Music Magazine

Septura brings together London’s leading players to redefine brass chamber music through the uniquely expressive sound of the brass septet.

Biography —

Artistic Directors: Simon Cox & Matthew Knight

By creating a canon of transcriptions, arrangements and new commissions for this brand new classical configuration, Septura aims to re-cast the brass ensemble as a serious artistic medium.

Currently Ensemble in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music, London, the group is recording a series of 10 discs for Naxos Records, each focused on a particular period, genre and set of composers, creating a ‘counter-factual history’ of brass chamber music.

The first four discs have received critical acclaim, described variously as “brilliantly done” (Fiona Maddocks, The Observer), “dazzlingly polished” (Anna Picard, BBC Music Magazine) and “brass playing at its most exalted” (Robert Markow, Fanfare). The fifth disc will be released in November 2017, and the sixth was recorded in July 2017. In addition, Christmas with Septura was released in November 2016.

Weaving this ever-increasing repertoire into captivating live events, Septura is gaining a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and imaginative programming. Following recent performances at the Cheltenham and Chipping Campden festivals, and Kings Place, London, in the 17-18 season Septura launch their debut concert series, Kleptomania, at St John’s Smith Square, London and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge; they will also tour Switzerland, Germany and the USA.

Septura’s members are the leading players of the new generation of British brass musicians, holding principal positions in the London Symphony, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Basel Symphony and Aurora orchestras.

News —

Septura embark on debut American tour

Septura will open their first American tour tonight in Oklahoma. The group will give ten concerts in eight states, in a tour that spans the entire height of the country from Illinois to Texas. Read more

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Reviews —

The standard is absolutely higher than brass playing has ever been before

Alison Balsom, BBC Radio 2

Virtuoso playing: glossy, brilliantly articulated, audaciously coloured, technically flawless *****

Anna Picard, BBC Music Magazine

British brass playing is the envy of the world, and when you hear Septura you can hear exactly why

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal, Royal Academy of Music

This is brass playing at its most exalted

Robert Markow, Fanfare

Beautifully intoned

Paul Driver

Some of the most perfect technical execution in brass performance recorded to date

Tom Davoren, Brass Band World

The sound of Septura is exceptionally beautiful – warm and rounded but with dazzling brilliance too when required...the perfection of ensemble, balance and intonation is striking

Nick Barnard, MusicWeb International

An uplifting debut from a magnificent seven *****

Fiona Maddocks, Observer

It’s an inspired idea to take classical pieces and rearrange them for brass septet. It’s a unique combination of instruments, and it produces a unique sound, which I love

John Suchet, Presenter, Classic FM

A recital of pure gold


Beautiful from beginning to end

Barry Kilpatrick, American Record Guide

Selected Discography —

Fauré, Ravel, Debussy: Music for Brass Septet 5

Christmas with Septura

A recital so entertaining that the missing words don’t matter *****

BBC Music Magazine

Gabrieli, Lassus, Palestrina, Victoria: Music for Brass Septet 4

Beautifully intoned

Paul Driver

Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Rachmaninov: Music for Brass Septet 3

Brilliantly done *****

Fiona Maddocks

Handel, Purcell, Rameau, Blow: Music for Brass Septet 2

Dazzlingly polished…this is virtuoso playing: glossy, brilliantly articulated, audaciously coloured, technically flawless

Anna Picard, BBC Music Magazine

Brahms, Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Schumann: Music for Brass Septet

Uplifting debut from a magnificent seven *****

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer
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