Australian Brass Quintet in residence at Melbourne Conservatorium

May 11 / 60

The Australian Brass Quintet
The Australian Brass Quintet

This month, the Australian Brass Quintet (ABQ) is in residence at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

The quintet will present workshops and classes, and rehearse for a concert performance at Melba Hall on 19 May.

Convenor of Brass Charles MacInness said the main activity during the residency would be the rehearsal of a program combining the conservatorium’s leading brass ensemble (MCM Brass) with the members of the quintet. 

“The second half of the 19 May concert will showcase this collaboration, and in particular show how our top students play at an exceptionally high level,” he said. 

“As Convenor of Brass, I am keen for our students to be exposed to as much high quality playing as possible, especially with a focus on rehearsing and performing in small ensembles.

“We believe the interaction and experience of playing chamber music to be one of the most beneficial ways of becoming a great musician.”

The concert will feature performances by ABQ with the Conservatorium’s  best young brass students, who will perform works by Terracini, Plog, Bach, Grainger, and Mussorgsky.

Mr MacInnes said the residency came about because two ABQ members (Tristram Williams, trumpet and Michael Bertoncello, trombone) were also University lecturers.

As well as playing with performance students, the quintet will work with the University’s Composition students. Undergraduate composers have written works that ABQ will workshop and discuss. 

The ABQ has a strong history of working with local composers, and has commissioned works by composers who work and teach at the University. 

Professor MacInnes said because the quintet was serious about working with composers, it would also take part in a organised a composers’ workshop in conjunction with the Composition Department. 

This workshop will take place on Friday 20 May 1:00am – 1:00pm, Room 216 at the Southbank Campus (all welcome). 

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