Big sound coming up at music museum
A group of emerging musicians has been wowing audiences at a summer concert series they’ve been presenting in the Auckland region.
As part of that, the Tubaca Brass Quintet will be performing a final concert at Whittaker’s Music Museum, in Oneroa, on February 11 from 5pm.
Members Brendan Agnew (trumpet), Nicholas Allan (trumpet), Anita Austin (horn), Mark Bingham (trombone) and Lachlan Grant (tuba) are part of the New Zealand Youth Brass Ensemble, formed in 2016.
Trumpet player Peter Reid will be joining them for the Waiheke concert.
The evening’s programme includes work from Modest Mussorgsky and Victor Ewald, six pieces from West Side Story, and music from An American in Paris.
Duke Ellington and Bob Russell’s Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me also features and there will be four German classical compositions by Gustav Mahler.
Brass ensemble members have been playing in various community bands, orchestras and chamber groups together since intermediate school.
More recently, they have held principal positions in ensembles such as NZSO National Youth Orchestra and Auckland Youth Orchestra.
Peter Reid plays trumpet for Bach Musica and freelances with other Auckland orchestras and ensembles.
He has toured twice with Chamber Music New Zealand and has also performed in Australia.
Nicholas Allan established the New Zealand Brass Ensemble in 2015 with Brendan Agnew and has performed with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Anita Austin was a 2017 New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Fellowship student and 2016 Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Intern.
She was principal horn of the Auckland Youth Orchestra from 2014 to 2016 and member of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra. She works as a freelance horn player with major New Zealand orchestras.
Mark Bingham is a reserve trombone in the Royal New Zealand Navy Band and has performed with many ensembles. He has been awarded a 2018 Fellowship with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Lachlan Grant has been a member of the Auckland Youth Orchestra since 2014 and performs with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and brass bands. Ticket from the museum are $25 (adult), $10 (students/ child) and a $5 discount for Friends of Whittaker’s.