Fine Arts Brass is now in its twenty third year and firmly established at the forefront of the international brass chamber music scene.
Originally formed in 1980, the ensemble took the name of the place of its first rehearsal, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts at Birmingham University. The groups enduring success has been due to its uncanny ability to become a musical chameleon in concert, adapting to the requirements of different audiences, be it an educational concert to primary school children or broadcasting to the diversity of listeners to BBC Radio 2, 3 or 4.
With their unique versatility and sound of its members, coupled with an eminent humour and a passion for the music they play, it is not hard to see why they have toured to over 60 countries and performed in just about every music festival in the UK. Their repertoire is as comprehensive as you would expect from such artists, encapsulating all musical genres from the Renaissance and Baroque to the sound worlds of the avant garde. Equally, when they play Swing, they swing!
They also have a penchant for commissioning new works (over 50 to date) and so have enjoyed working closely with the composers who have written for them: Malcolm Arnold, Robin Holloway, Michael Nyman and John Woolrich to name but a few. Their discography is no less impressive with a selection of 27 recordings to date with more planned! In the words of Classical Music Magazine, they are simply, “Exceptional”. FAB is proud to be associated with Smith-Watkins trumpets and Nimbus Records.
The ensemble is available for:-
- Corporate entertainment
"There is no denying the phenomenal technical and musical abilities of this group, with faster articulation than I have ever heard on brass instruments." The London Independent
"They came, they played, they conquered! Their talent, sense of humour, sensitivity, spirit and lyricism are remarkable" Lebanon Review
"A polished professional performance which was entertaining from start to finish." Toronto Star
"Extraordinarily brilliant ensemble playing with scintillating sparkle." The London Times
"Like good champagne ... fizzy and exciting" South China Morning Post