County Buildings, Wigtown – 3:00pm
The award winning Pure Brass is a vibrant, young and well established brass quintet that perform regularly to critical acclaim. Formed in 2006 at the Royal Conseratoire of Scotland the group has quickly become a prominent ensemble within the Scottish chamber music scene. Pure Brass is part of the Live Music Now! Scheme and are past recipients of the June Emerson Launchpad Prize.
The quintet are also half way through a tour which marks the end of the group’s two year Residency Project with Enterprise Music Scotland. The project has led to various mentoring sessions with internationally renowned chamber musicians, as well as a newly commissioned work by Alasdair Nicolson entitled, The Vanishing, which the group premiered at the St Magnus Festival 2011 in the breathtaking St Magnus Cathedral to a sold out audience.
The ensemble have also been accepted onto the Musicians’ Company Concordia Foundation Concert season as well as the Park Lane Group which will see the quintet appear at both the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Rooms in the coming months. Pure Brass have won a variety of competitions including the RSAMD Governors’ Prize for Chamber Music, which was subsequently made into a recording for BBC Radio Scotland, the Mary D Adams Award and the Norman Cooper Prize at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
The quintet has performed in solo recitals in some of the leading venues in the UK including; St Martin in the Fields London, the Usher Hall Edinburgh, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and at festivals such as the Edinburgh Fringe, Durham Festival of Brass, and the Sauerland-Herbst, Germany and T in The Park!
The group has a passion for new music and has performed premieres at the “Sounds New” Festival, Canterbury, “Plug” Festival, Glasgow, and a sellout recital of contemporary music at the RSAMD. Education is also central to the work of Pure Brass, and the group’s infectious enthusiasm creates a fun learning experience for children of all ages.