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Gibraltar Tour 2020
Surrey Brass intends to undertake a short tour to Gibraltar from 29 May to 1st June 2020.
During this, our first tour abroad, Surrey Brass will renew our performing relationship with our conductor Jonathan Spencer who will by then have become Bandmaster of The Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment.
It is set to be a busy weekend with concerts by Surrey Brass, Musical collaboration with The Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment together with an educational event for young local players, potential for other performances with local organisations, maybe a charity fundraising concert, and of course some social engagements.
We plan to perform a concert within the famous St. Michael's Cave within the Rock of Gibraltar. The cave in the Rock has been a popular concert hall for many years, with a long prior history of being used for many other purposes. The rock formations are fantastically beautiful and have a unique acoustic. Surrey Brass has performed in a number of unusual places but this will certainly be the first time Surrey Brass will have performed underground!
We hope this tour will be supported by the Gibraltar Government Ministry of Culture and other arts promotion organisations on the Rock.
Saturday 30th May 2020 Morning:
We start the tour with a Public Concert outdoor in the historic Casemates Square/Outdoor Theatre. Grand Casemates Square is the larger of the two main squares within the city centre of Gibraltar (the other being John Mackintosh Square). Nowadays Grand Casemates Square has become a commercial hub housing numerous pubs, bars, restaurants and shops following the refurbishment of the square in the 1990s to replace a car park which occupied half the square. The square is also used to host various cultural events from live open-air concerts, to National Day celebrations. In 2012 the square was host to celebration for Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebration which was attended by the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
Saturday 30th May Afternoon:
Surrey Brass have arranged to present a concert at the Convent (Governor’s Residence) with permission of the Governor’s ADC (Aide de Camp). The Convent has been the official residence of the Governor of Gibraltar since 1728. It was originally a convent of Franciscan friars, hence its name, and was built in 1531, and heavily rebuilt during the 18th and 19th centuries. We may perform in the King’s Chapel, the garrison church adjacent to the Convent, part of the original Franciscan complex.
Sunday 31st May 2020 Morning
The most significant musical event of the tour is planned to take place in St Michaels Cave, which is located within the Rock of Gibraltar. The largest of the chambers, named the Cathedral Cave, currently serves as an auditorium. It was converted due to the chamber's natural acoustic properties. It is equipped with a concrete stage and has a seating capacity of over 100.
Surrey Brass have booked St., Michaels Cave from 1100-1300 on 31st May 2020, which provides an opportunity for us to present a free lunchtime concert – and we should like to use this as an opportunity to undertake charitable fundraising via donations from concertgoers.
Sunday 31st May 2020 Evening
PLEASE HELP US RAISE FUNDS FOR THIS CONCERT!
Ideally we would very much like to book the cave in order to present an evening concert. However, this will attract a venue fee of £1000, which is currently out of our reach. Such an event would offer the opportunity to present a full musical programme and reach a wide audience locally. We would aim to share the concert with the Band of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, since they have loyal local support and could help assure a good audience. If at all possible we should also like to offer a performing opportunity for a group of local young musicians, such as a local brass group or choir.
Monday 1st June 2020 Morning
Further discussions are currently underway about the possibility of a morning event possibly involving the Band of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, or with local young musicians.
Would your organisation be interested in sponsoring Surrey Brass for this tour?
Without doubt the tour to Gibraltar is is the most expensive project Surrey Brass has attempted since formation in 2001 and we need help with funding to make it happen.
Being in the audience for our concerts is always a great way to support Surrey Brass and we hope you can attend several before the tour begins. If your organisation could be interested in Sponsoring us please Contact us.
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Who we are
Surrey Brass was founded in August 2001 by John Goodwin and aims to develop the fine tradition of ensemble brass performance originated by the internationally famous Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, by widening the audience for brass ensemble music, enlarging the repertoire, and providing enjoyment for everyone. Our talented musicians include the best semi-professional players in Surrey, UK. We are particularly keen on encouraging young brass players and every year perform at least one concert involving them - hopefully some will join us in future.
What we do
Surrey Brass aims to promote the Arts in all its forms and is keen to form new performing relationships with local Arts organisations, composers and arrangers in the county of Surrey. We publish sheet music of our own and other peoples’ arrangements for brass ensemble on our website to help widen the performance of this music.
We also aim to perform at least one Charity concert every year and have raised many thousands of pounds for various causes including Age Concern, Tsunami relief, help to the Third World, Amnesty International, and fundraising for a new Village Hall in Elstead, Surrey. Please contact us if we might help your fundraiser.
What we play
Surrey Brass plays a wide, innovative and entertaining repertoire to a high standard, incorporating fresh influences from diverse musical sources including Classical, Jazz, Film, and World Music.
Whenever we can find sponsorship, we commission new music. Past commissions include music to accompany the silent films of Cecil Hepworth, a major piece to commemorate Concorde, which was premiered in the hangar at Brooklands, and the "Energy Suite", a major jazz-based work drawing attention to man's relationship with energy over the ages. If you are interested in collaborating in a musical project please get in touch.
Most unusally for musical organisations of our type, Surrey Brass is entirely self-funded. We rely on income from concerts, but this alone is not enough to enable us to grow and put on more concerts to a wide audience. You can help us raise funds by clicking on the Easyfundraising links at the bottom of our pages whenever you shop online. To help you do that, why not Download a Donation Reminder which is a little add-on for your browser?
We also welcome donations!
Thank you for all your support - we really need it!