Bones Apart

 Bones Apart is, without question, one of the finest trombone quartets in the world.  Michael Davidson, University of Texas, Austin
The programme:

Wonder Women: Muses, Queens and Warriors
An intoxicating blend of music showcasing female composers, songwriters and trailblazers…

Purcell – Incidental Music from ‘Boudicca’
Handel – ‘Piangerò la sorte mia’ from Giulio Cesare
Camilla de Rossi – Suite from ‘Sant Alessio’
Lili and Nadia Boulanger – Vignettes
Saskia Apon – First Trombone Quartet
Mulligan – Venus de Milo
‘Lady Sings the Blues’ – a selection of songs by Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone and Ann Ronell
Melba Liston – Blues Melba
Fain – Songs from ‘Calamity Jane’

Since forming in 1999, this unique group went on to win the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League Competition, Rio Tinto Ensemble Prize and Miller Trophy, and has performed at major venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Fairfield Halls, Royal Festival Hall, St. James’s Palace, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Bones Apart has also appeared on television and radio, and been featured in articles in Muso Magazine and the Brass Herald among others.

The quartet has appeared as a guest artist at many national and international music festivals including the Cayman Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, International Belgian Brass Academy, International Trombone Festival, Leicester International Music Festival, Lieksa Brass Festival, Music in the Round, Royal Over-Seas League Arts, Sauerland Herbst Festival and the Vilnius Festival. This has involved touring throughout Europe, the United States, Japan and the Caribbean.

The group is keenly involved in education and outreach projects and is often invited to give masterclasses and ensemble coaching at schools and conservatoires. Recent masterclasses have been given at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, Rutgers State University in New Jersey, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Their hugely diverse recital programmes incorporate music of all styles and genres including baroque, classical, Latin, jazz, popular and contemporary music. Bones Apart has commissioned many works for trombone quartet from composers such as Gary Carpenter, Matthew Taylor, Christian Lindberg, Dan Jenkins and John Kenny.

Bones Apart has recorded a number of CDs – All We Want for Christmas (2012), ten (2009), four4four (2009) and Enigma (2006).

Sarah (bass)

As well as working with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra, she has played in a huge variety of West End shows including Crazy for You, Phantom of the Opera, Guys and Dolls, Les Misérables and Oliver. Sarah has collaborated with many artists across the jazz and pop world such as Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzman, Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Tom Jones, Lulu and Dannii Minogue.

Helen (tenor)

Helen is Principal Trombone of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and is the first woman to be appointed Principal Trombone in a London orchestra. She is a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and is a regular guest with the Britten Sinfonia and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She has played guest principal with all the London orchestras as well as with ensembles abroad including Spira Mirabilis and the Freiburg Barockorchester.

Becky (tenor)

Becky is Principal Trombone of the English National Opera, and previously held the position of Sub-Principal Trombone of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys a busy freelance career performing with many of the UK’s orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Philharmonia, City of London Sinfonia, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and all the BBC Orchestras.

Jayne (tenor)

Jayne enjoys a successful freelance career working with many of the major UK orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She has also worked with a number of chamber ensembles including LadyBones and the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble. Jayne joined Bones Apart in 2008. An experienced teacher and trainer, Jayne has coached the trombones of the National Children’s Brass Band and the National Youth Brass Band of Wales.

 Bones Apart represents all that is best about British brass playing, with a beauty of sound and musicality that is simply stunning. They communicate with passion and humour and serve as wonderful ambassadors for the trombone.  Kevin Price, Head of Brass, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

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