The Perse School

Perse musicians get to blow their own trumpets in concert with Superbrass

19 Jun 2018

Perse brass musicians experienced the thrill of playing live in concert with leading group Superbrass.

Formed in 2005 from some of the country’s top brass players and percussionists, Superbrass put on a sensational show to a big crowd in the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre.

However in the first half of their performance, they were joined on stage for the opening number, by Perse trumpeters, trombonists and horn players, as well as talented all-female brass ensemble Quintetta from the Guildhall School of Music.

It followed on from workshops led by Superbrass members earlier in the day where the pupils practised pieces composed by the group.

Perse Head of Brass Paul Mayes, who is also a trumpeter with Superbrass, said helping young musicians was an important part of the group’s role.

He said: “Superbrass has an amazing line-up of players from classical, jazz and commercial music backgrounds and education is something we’re really interested in.

“We worked with the young musicians in the morning, preparing the pieces for the concert, but we also gave them little tips and pointers.

“They practise every week, but this is what playing is all about – working with top professionals, learning a piece they’ve never played before and getting it together on the day to perform it.

“The concert gave pupils a great sense of occasion, playing in a fantastic venue with a packed hall. Hopefully, we have been able to help inspire and motivate them.”

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