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2016 St Andrews Brass Festival, 9-12 November

Since its inception in 2012 the St Andrews Brass Festival has developed an identity as a festival of exploration, experimentation and participation. The festival welcomes brass musicians of all backgrounds; it is the only brass festival in Scotland – and one of few internationally – to have brass players from orchestral, band and jazz backgrounds come together to perform. The festival is directed by Bede Williams and John Wallace.

Highlights of the 2016 festival will include solo appearances by international virtuosos Ian Bousifled (trombone), Marco Blaauw (trumpet) and Christine Chapman (horn), concerts by the Wallace Collection and the Co-op Funeralcare Band, as well as a massed 'Come and Play' day. 

Schedule of events, artists and ensembles 

Wednesday 9 November – Younger Hall, 11:00am, free admission

Brass Masterclass

Peter Franks from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Scottish Chamber Orchestra trumpeter Peter Franks leads a masterclass with University trumpeters.


Thursday 10 November – Younger Hall, 7:30pm, admission £12,£11,£3

Opening Concert

Ian Bousfield in concert with pianist Scott Mitchell


Former Principal Trombone of the Vienna Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestras, Ian Bousfield is widely regarded as one of the most girted brass plerformers of his generation. The programme for this rare opportunity to hear him perform a solo recital includes music by Glinka, Bach, Korgold and Mahler.  Pre-concert talk at 18:45 – Ian Bousfield in conversation with Chris Bragg about his career, and life in two of the world's greatest orchestras. 

Glinka - Sonatensatz for Viola, arr Bousfield. 
Bach - Prelude-Sarabande-Bourée from BWV 1009 & 1011 arr. Svoboda. 
Juraj Filas - Sonata, "At the End of the Century"
René Staar - Panic and Irony (Solo Trombone)
Korngold - Pierrot's Lied and Marietta's Lied from "Die tote stadt"
Mahler - "ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen"
Brian Lynn - Doolallynastics
A tribute to the great trombone virtuoso Arthur Pryor (1870-1942) including "Love's enchantment", "Oh, dry those tears" and "The Bluebells of Scotland 

Friday 11 November – Younger Hall, 1:10pm, free admission

St Andrews Brass with guests

St Andrews Brass, John Wallace – Cornet, Marco Blaauw – trumpet, Christine Chapman – horn, Tony George – tuba, Tom Wilkinson – piano/organ

Bede Williams and Ian Bousfield – directors

A star-studded line-up of brass soloists joins St Andrews' community brass group in music by Richard Strauss, Mussorgsky and local composer Bruce Fraser.

Fanfare for Vienna Philharmonic – Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Solo performances by guests – various

Music for brass septet – various

Three Delights – Bruce Fraser

Great Gate of Kiev – Modest Mussorgsky arr. Buffoni (1839-1881)


Friday 11 November – Byre Theatre Studio, 5:30pm, free admission

Wallace Collection recital

Wallace Collection, Marco Blaauw – trumpet, Ian Bousfield - trombone

John Wallace's pioneering ensemble return by popular demand, this time with a programme of twentieth century works for small brass ensemble, including the first performance of a new work for trumpet and brass quintet by Scottish composer Bruce Fraser. 

Frangments from a Show – Hans Werber Henze (1926-2012)

Street Song – Michael Tilson Thomas (1944- ) 

New Work for brass quintet and solo trumpet – Bruce Fraser

Fantasy for trombone – Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)

The Golden Section – Jim Parker (1934 - )


Friday 11 November – Younger Hall, 7:30pm, admission £5, £3, free under 12s

St Andrews Music Society Wind Band and Big BUStA

'Good and Evil'

Where good and evil clash, the best of stories always happen... and with it, the best music! Come along on an epic journey of battles, heroes and villains alongside the University of St Andrews Wind Band and Big BUStA as they play you iconic tunes such as the Imperial March and Superman - you'll be on the edge of your seat as we show you the battle between GOOD AND EVIL!


Saturday 12 November – Younger Hall, 10am-12.30pm workshop, 1pm sharing session (open to public), free admission

Come and Play

with jazz pianist Richard Michael, members of the Wallace Collection, Marco Blaauw and Christine Chapman.

A workshop for brass players of any ability aged 8+. Participants will get to play alongside members of the world famous Wallace Collection and learn from inspirational jazz pianist and educator Richard Michael. The sharing session will feature all workshop participants, with special contributions from the students of St Mary's Music School and Sistema Scotland.  Parents, caregivers and public are very welcome! 

Please contact Bede Williams by Monday 31 October if you plan to attend the day. 


Saturday 12 November – Younger Hall 7pm, free admission

Festival Finale

Co-op Funeralcare Band, Wallace Collection, Marco Blaauw – trumpet, Christine Chapman – horn, Thomas Harmar – trombone, Alistair MacDonald – electronics

Bede Williams – director


A spectacular end to the festival as two great brass ensembles are joined by Musikfabrik member and virtuoso trumpeter Marco Blaauw and one of the University's finest young brass players, Thomas Harmar in music by Derek Bourgeois, John Wallace and Malcolm Arnold. Blaauw and Alasdair MacDonald then join forces with the Wallace Collection in a second half of improvised music for brass and electronics. 

Fantasy for Brass Band – Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)

Vademecum – Wim Bex (Scottish premiere)

Improvisation for trumpet and electronics

 Tentsmuir – John Wallace (First performance)


Improvisation for trumpet and electronics

Passacaglia – Timothy Jackson (1972 – )

Concerto for brass quintet and brass band – Derek Bougeois (1941- )


Links to websites of performers and ensembles

The Wallace Collection

Ian Bousfield

Scott Mitchell

Marco Blaauw

Christine Chapman

Alistair MacDonald

Co-op Funeralcare Band

St Andrews Wind Band and Big Band

St Andrews Brass

Richard Michael

Peter Franks

Bede Williams

Tom Wilkinson