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.

Purbeck Arts Week what we go up to……..

At the Purbeck Art Weeks performance Meridian Brass and friends were fortunate enough to be joined in rehearsal by several artists and photographers. Some of the work they produced can be seen on our Facebook page. We were also joined by a film crew from the University of Southampton and we hope you will be able to enjoy some of that performance on our website soon.


Stephen McNeff has composed a new piece for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Brass and Meridian Brass to play at Corfe Castle later this month, entitled ‘Corfe Alarm Call’, the fanfare is part of the ‘Chalk Legends’ series of work the composer has written. Exploring the folk tales of the Jurassic coast, this movement of ‘Chalk Legends’ depicts the crows that were trained in the towers of Corfe Castle to fly out when danger approached.


Meridian Brass will be performing at the South Bank Centre band stand this month as part of the Festival of Britain. We will be playing a set of light summer music to set the mood for the start of the festival.

Rehearsal s with dancers and singers start in earnest this month for our


Purbeck Art Weeks performances. The group are enjoying the new experience of working with dancers Elly Braund and James Pett under the directorship of Kerry Nicholls. The mix of brass, dance and voices is unusual but extremely exciting.

Performance with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Brass

Meridian Brass are pleased to confirm that as well as performing at the Purbeck Art Weeks Festival they will be kicking off the festival with the brass of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Marylebone Trombone Quartet and drummers and circus entertainments including fire eaters and jugglers! The event will be held at the distinctive and ancient Corfe Castle in Dorset.