September 2011

Meridian Brass is rehearsing for their up coming tour to Switzerland. The tour will consist of educational events in Montagnola as well as concerts there and in Morcote and a special performance as the group opening the Lucerne Chamber Festival.

The group will be performing their commission Ave Maris Stellas with just the voice, as our dancers have taken new positions in Ramber Dance Company. The group will be accompanied on the trip by composer Duncan Ward and Ursula Jones, the widow of Philip Jones.

Songs of the sea

Meridian Brass have finalised their programme for their ‘Songs of the Sea’ performance in the Clore ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 7th August. Starting with Duncan Ward’s piece ‘Ave Maris Stella’ they will continue the maritime theme playing two sea songs by Holst, a suite from the ‘Fairy Queen’ (Purcell’s setting of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’),’ Drakes Drum’ from Stanford’s ‘Songs of the Sea’ and ‘Haisborough Light’, a work being learnt in the VOICELAB workshop before the performance.



Meridian Brass will be running a vocal workshop with an animateur from VOICE LAB before their performance at the Clore ballroom, Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 7th August. You are invited to join us in learning a setting of the traditional sea shanty ‘Windy Old Weather’. The vocal workshop will start at 12pm and last an hour and those who take part will be able to join us to sing in our performance at 1pm. Image

National Maritime Museum Dedication

Meridian Brass has been rehearsing a maritime themed programme this month for several performances at the National Maritime Museum, as well as performing for Prince Philip they will be introducing Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture.



Our resident composer and arranger, Jon Heeley has composed ‘HMS Magpie’ a new fanfare commissioned for the opening of the Sammy Ofer wing of the National Maritime Museum. The piece was inspired by the guest of honour Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s naval career.

Meridian Brass, By Royal Appointment!!

Meridian Brass can confirm that they have been commissioned to write a new piece to celebrate Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh opening a new wing of the National Maritime Museum later next month.

After a busy couple of months preparing for festivals Meridian Brass are spending the first weeks of June performing light music at various private events.