Be it the clarion call to devotion or to arms, the ceremonial announcements of proclamations, fanfares to mark important arrivals and departures, sounds to raise the spirit, or spirits, the delicate sounds of birds, or vibrations to shake walls down to their foundations – the horn has had, and continues to have, a central place in cultures across the world.
Classical V: Brass aims to showcase "aerophones," in which the player blows into (or over) a mouthpiece set at the end of the resonator. Using nothing but the shape of the instrument, the skill of the musician and the breath they can produce, brass instruments (which include those made of horn, silver and wood) can transcend their proclamatory beginnings and will bring you some of the most beautiful, stirring and (yes) calming music you will hear this year.
Exploring and extending the "classical" in music, be it brass quintets or African flutes, traditional brass bands or Chicago funk, Indian celebratory bands or the melodic mariachis, or even French horns playing classic pop – this celebration of all things brassy will enchant the ear, stir the heart and move the feet.
And in true brass tradition, we will close the weekend with the Big Boat Blast. Bring your best brass, join all the boats in the harbour and blow your own trumpet in a massed fanfare.
Not just a load of hot air!
Caroline Hollway, Lead Guest Artistic Associate
Eli Klein, Artistic Associate, Music