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What the Critics Have Said about Fine Arts Brass

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On our A to Z of Jazz CD:
Audiophile Audition (2008) Of course you can't expect to have a classical ensemble like this really dig into real jazz performance style, but the Fine Arts Brass come close enough.
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On our Malcolm Arnold - The Complete Brass Chamber Music CD:
MusicWeb International (2007) This disc is filled to the brim - at just under 80 minutes - with a wide range of genres of brass music and can be easily recommended to any fan of brass music.
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On our Judith Bingham: Choral Works CD:
Crossrhythms.co.uk (2007) Judith Bingham was for several years a member of the BBC Singers and before that the Symphony Chorus, so it is unsurprising...
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On our Malcolm Arnold - The Complete Brass Chamber Music CD:
Gramophone (2007) "A cracking anthology of Arnold's complete works for brass that will have you grinning from ear to ear. These dazzling...
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Good Music on line (2007) "their brilliant performances must be considered definitive."
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On our Belgian Choral Works CD:
Gramophone (2007) "The Fine Arts Brass Ensemble play with fire and verve, adding greatly to the magnificence of the work's climaxes......and can be proud to have produced this invaluable recording"

On our A to Z of Jazz CD:
4barsrest.com They provide a first class exhibition of brass chamber music.
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On our Baroque CD:
Gramophone (2004) Dazzling ... wonderfully spirited ... sublime with particularly well matched trumpet playing.
Music Dish Their rich tones and professionalism congregate into a gorgeous piece of work.
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Scene publications Listening to their new CD is an exquisite treat. The individual skills of the musicians and their perfect tonal union adds a majesty to the pieces.
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Musical Heritage Society The items on this disc are all old, of course, but they sound freshly cast in these sterling performances.
MusicWeb Good crisp playing, with excellent balance and a clear recording. Recommended.
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Colin Anderson This is life-enhancing music played here with a joy and virtuosity (a particularly nimble tuba) that is spectacular ... Throughout this CD Fine Arts Brass display a beautiful sound, instrumental brilliance and sterling musicianship. The recording is naturally balanced and tonally faithful. In short a very enjoyable CD.

On our Pictures at an Exhibition CD:
ArkivMusic The playing is all virtuosic and deft, never heavy... reminding one of the beautiful, plaintive qualities available from the trumpet.
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MusicWeb The Fine Arts Brass Ensemble seems to relish demonstrating its abilities - ensemble is tight, tonguing is clean (even in the most rapidly articulated passages) and there is an air of confidence about the whole.
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On our Hoddinott and Mathias: Summer Dances CD:
Fanfare The flawless playing by the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble is certainly more than adequate to the demands of this music ... this is a release that no fancier of brass music will want to do without.
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About Our Concerts

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West Lothian Herald & Post (2010) THE sign on the poster at the Howden Park Centre advertised West Lothian Schools Brass Band, but no marks to the people in...
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Cumberland News (2010) Carlisle Cathedral echoed to the sound of Choir, Brass, and Organ in a concert of music written in the last one hundred...
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Basingstoke Gazette (2009) Bramley and Little London Music Festival Fine Arts Brass St James’s Church, Bramley THE audience was treated to much...
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Shropshire Music Trust @ Festival Drayton Centre (2008) A near-capacity audience in Market Drayton Festival Centre last Sunday, was treated to an exceptional concert by the Fine...
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Gloucestershire Echo (2007) ''It was an occasion we will never forget'' Fine Arts Brass: Cheltenham Contemporary Concerts Series, St Andrew's Church...
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The Cumberland News Fine Arts Brass excelled themselves....
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4barsrest.com (25th Anniversary Concert) (2006) Extracts from West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein Arr Simon Lenton) had a real WOW factor. A Quintet transcription of the West Side Story Dances ?!! No way would you expect this to work for five - BUT it did, and in buckets..
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Linlithgow Arts Guild "We were submerged in enjoyment, .......and admiration for the virtuosity displayed."
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The (Scottish) Herald (2005) There is a predictability about concerts by brass quintets which this one, in the splendour of Linlithgow's historic church, skilfully sidestepped.
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The Cumberland News (2004) The choir was supported by the internationally acclaimed Fine Art Brass, who played with superb dexterity, rhythm and, at times, ear-splitting vigour.
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Edinburgh Guide (2004) You almost do not notice how good these players are, as musicians, as charming performers, and as advocates for contemporary music.
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The Scotsman (2004) ...an exceptionally talented group of instrumentalists who certainly live up to their acronym - FAB. They are masters of their craft.
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The Cumberland News (2004) This was the group's fifth visit to Carlisle. I hope there will be many more.
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Rochdale on Line (they) are all individually first rate players but in ensemble the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
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This is Worcestershire Stunningly radiant sounds.......extremely impressive......
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The London Times Extraordinarily brilliant ensemble playing with scintillating sparkle.
Classical Music Exceptional.
Berliner Morgenpost A sensational concert
South China Morning Post Like good champagne ... fizzy and exciting
Egyptian Times Simply outstanding and marvellous
Times of India Too funny for words!
Brass Review (Finland) A one word description - Wow!
The Gramophone About the performances there can be nothing but praise
The London Independent There is no denying the phenomenal technical and musical abilities of this group, with faster articulation than I have ever heard on brass instruments.
Lebanon Review They came, they played, they conquered! Their talent, sense of humour, sensitivity, spirit and lyricism are remarkable.
Toronto Star A polished professional performance which was entertaining from start to finish.
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