The College handed the reigns to its brass department for a weekend packed with performances, workshops and bratwurst!
Led by Head of Brass Performance at RWCMD, Roger Argente’s supergroup Superbrass hosted a number of show-stopping performances across the weekend.
Guests included some of the finest in brass. Trombonist Gordon Campbell took over Friday’s weekly AmserJazzTime for a brass special alongside the College’s talented brass musicians.
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Brass supergroup Superbrass took over the College this term, combining outstanding music performances and industry-led professional education with community at its heart. We look back on a packed weekend where a total of 600 attendees visited for a variety of events including a masterclass, junior workshop, a capacity #AmserJazzTime with special guest Gordon Campbell, and a show-stopping Superbrass performance featuring Mike Lovatt. #RWCMD #RWCMDBrass #ThrowbackThursday . . Meddiannodd y ‘supergroup’ Superbrass y Coleg y tymor hwn gan gyfuno perfformiadau cerddoriaeth rhagorol ac addysg broffesiynol a arweiniwyd gan y diwydiant gyda’r gymuned yn ganolog iddo. Rydym yn bwrw golwg yn ôl ar benwythnos llawn dop pan fynychodd 600 o ymwelwyr ar gyfer amrywiaeth o ddigwyddiadau yn cynnwys dosbarth meistr, gweithdy iau, #AmserJazzTime llawn dop gyda’r gwestai arbennig Gordon Campbell, a pherfformiad rhyfeddol gan Superbrass a oedd yn cynnwys Mike Lovatt. #CBCDC #Superbrass
One of the funnest gigs I’ve had for a while. 10 trombones and rhythm section playing at the opening of the @RWCMD #Brass weekend under the direction of Gordon Cambell. Thanks to Roger for all the organising @superbrassuk @AmserJazzTime #trombones #swn https://t.co/xAzz3iYbyc
— Gareth Roberts (@garethtrombone) November 9, 2019
Friday’s Walking with Heroes performance included soloist Mike Lovatt and conductors Bob Childs and Paul Fisher performing great music from Karl Jenkins to Louis Armstrong.
A fab day with @MikeMikelovatt and all the wonderful musicians of the @RWCMD Brass Band with special guests @deluxph5 and Dean Wright. Thanks to @BobChilds1 and his band for making me feel so welcome and to @superbrassuk for the invite. Go and support the rest of this brill wkd! https://t.co/CeuF2GNIA5
— Paul Fisher (@paulfishermusic) November 9, 2019
— Elisabeth Rogers (@LizRogers119) November 9, 2019
Saturday’s series of workshops brought young and senior brass talent to the College for a full day of inspiration from the finest players in brass.
Some of our senior members of the horn department are taking part in a workshop in the Carne Foyer with @ShewanNeil @RWCMD @superbrassuk https://t.co/kLwj5Elgp6! Workshops are taking part all day with a massed brass concert in the Dora Stoutzker Hall at 3:30pm today.#massedhorns pic.twitter.com/fI2xtcaqJ1
— RWCMD Horns (@rwcmdhorns) November 9, 2019
Here’s a couple potential brass superstars to look out for in the future from @burryportband Thanks for coming to our @superbrassuk workshops @rwcmd you were brilliant ! As were you Gordon Campbell & @MikeMikelovatt pic.twitter.com/NEfGw3xeIw
— Roger Argente (@superbrassuk) November 11, 2019
— CAVMS (@CAVMSNews) November 8, 2019
The main self-titled Superbrass performance took the roof off the Dora Stoutzker Hall in a rare chance to see the supergroup perform to a sold-out audience.
The show produced some brass favourites and a unique performance that took two trombonists from the stage to among the audience, adding a spine-tingling twist to an already incredible afternoon!
An absolute treat to hear @superbrassuk with students of @RWCMD Uplifting and inspirational to witness such talent. Wise words too about the need to invest in music, the importance of our musical tradition in Wales and a new phrase on me ‘musical citizenship’. pic.twitter.com/DOs5sNDgJk
— Angharad Davies (@AngharadLlur) November 10, 2019
RWCMD’s Tuba Ensemble concluded an unforgettable weekend with a rousing German-themed after-party in Beer, Brass and Bratwurst.
Find out more about our Brass department here.