Boxwood & Brass
"Boxwood & Brass's sound is nothing short of revelatory" Early Music Today
"button-bright performances caught in a sympathetic acoustic... performed with spirit and vigour” Gramophone
Founded in 2013, Boxwood & Brass brings together the emerging generation of British period wind-instrument players to advocate for neglected wind chamber music and harmoniemusik of the Classical and early-Romantic periods. Members of the group work regularly with top orchestras from across Europe, including the Orchestra Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gabrieli, L’Orchestra de Champs-Elysees and Spira Mirabilis. In-depth scholarly research into style and repertoire is important to us, as is promoting the highest standards in period wind playing. A determinedly disrespectful attitude to the music canon manifests itself in our programming, which often features new arrangements made for the group in the best historical traditions. Since 2013, we have brought our exuberant performance aesthetic to concert halls, churches, stately homes and gardens, and academic conferences up and down the country, as well promoting free concerts in our local communities.
Our repertoire ranges from the military band music of England, through the virtuosic Parisian salon repertoire, to the vast libraries of music created for the harmonie ensembles of the Central European nobility, as well as our own specially-created arrangements