Australian Baroque Brass

 ABB

Australian Baroque Brass is one of Australia's finest early music ensembles. Founded in 2003, the ensemble is dedicated to the pursuit of musical excellence on authentic or period instruments. Based in Sydney under the artistic directorship of baroque trumpeter John Foster, Australian Baroque Brass gives numerous performances each year to audiences throughout Australia and internationally.

Australian Baroque Brass has pioneered the use of period brass instruments in Australia and has been responsible for giving Australian premiere performances (on period instruments) of works by such composers as Biber, Altenburg, Vejvanovsky, Caldara, Schütz, Praetorius and many others. The ensemble boasts some of the finest musicians Australia has to offer, with its members also holding positions in such ensembles as the Sydney Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, West Australian Symphony and the Australian Opera and Ballet orchestras. This dynamic ensemble performs a vast repertoire of European music from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries with the ensemble varying in size from solo recitals with continuo through to full orchestral performances. Typically, the ensemble performs with natural trumpets, cornetts, sackbuts, natural horns, timpani, soprano and organ/continuo. Australian Baroque Brass also regularly features guest performances by well known international and Australian artists as well as collaborations with other professional ensembles and choirs.

Australian Baroque Brass has made several recordings which include the critically acclaimed CD Music of a Golden Age (2006 Tubicium Records), as well as live recordings for broadcast on ABC Classic FM. More recently Australian Baroque Brass has performed at such festivals as the Canberra International Chamber Music Festival, the New England Bach Festival, in Hobart as guests of the Island Brass Academy, the Australian Trumpet Guild National Conference as well as performing numerous other concerts throughout NSW and Australia.

In 2007 Australian Baroque Brass had the pleasure of accepting an invitation to become the ensemble in residence at St James’ Anglican Church, King Street, where ABB performed their premiere concert series. In 2007-08 Australian Baroque Brass recorded the second and third instalments of the “Music of a Golden age” series for Tubicium Records, as well as undertaking major tours and performing numerous concerts throughout Australia and the USA. 2008 saw Australian Baroque Brass make a return appearance at the New England Bach Festival. 2008 also saw Australian Baroque Brass perform with international artists such as Crispian Steele-Perkins, Michael Laird and Niklas Eklund.

"(Australian Baroque Brass) ...performs with great enthusiasm and virtuosity", Historical Brass Society (USA), 2007.

"...Australian Baroque Brass' relaxed yet thrilling playing style", ABC Limelight Magazine.

Purchase the latest ABB recording, Music of a Golden Age, here

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