Founder & Artistic Director: Simon Cox
Artistic Director: Matthew Knight
Septura brings together London’s leading players to redefine brass chamber music through the uniquely expressive sound of the brass septet.
By creating a canon of transcriptions, arrangements and new commissions for this brand new classical configuration, Septura aims to re-cast the brass ensemble as a serious artistic medium. Currently Ensemble in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music, London, the group is recording a series of 10 discs for Naxos Records, each focused on a particular period, genre and set of composers, creating a ‘counter-factual history’ of brass chamber music.
The first four discs in the series are available now, described variously as “brilliantly done” (Fiona Maddocks, The Observer), “dazzlingly polished” (Anna Picard, BBC Music Magazine) and “brass playing at its most exalted” (Robert Markow, Fanfare). The fifth disc was recorded in November 2015, for release in 2017.
Weaving this ever-increasing repertoire into captivating live events, Septura is gaining a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and imaginative programming, built around strong concepts and themes. Recent performances include the Cheltenham, Ryedale and Lieksa (Finland) festivals, and London’s Kings Place.
Septura’s members are the leading players of the new generation of British brass musicians, holding principal positions in the London Symphony, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Basel Symphony and Aurora orchestras.
Performances of remarkable richness, expressive intensity and almost nonchalant virtuosity. British brass playing is the envy of the world, and when you hear Septura you can hear exactly why.
A dazzling exploration of the instruments’ capabilities in range, colour and dynamics…an innovative and highly engaging listening experience.
A heavenly experience…a fascinating musical journey…deeply felt and supremely well-executed.
Uplifting debut from a magnificent seven…all ace musicians, as this stirring, thoughtful debut CD for Naxos confirms. Look out for the next in the series.