Entries by Matthew Knight

NZ Day 1 (by Matt Knight)

We celebrated Easter Sunday with the first rehearsal of our New Zealand tour, at the Centre of Musical Arts in Nelson. To be honest it was a bit of relief to feel slightly human again, and for our lips to have returned to a more normally responsive state. Brass instruments are fairly unique in that […]

Una navidad española (by Matthew Gee)

The story begins at London Heathrow’s Terminal 3, with a typical touring check-in of 6:20am. Given previous touring mishaps, the simple fact that we still had flights booked made it one of our more successful starts to a tour. Not really knowing how cold Spain would be in December, most people came wrapped up for […]

Keswick Music Society (by Dan West)

An early Sunday call at a particularly rainy London Euston station sees Septura assemble to perform for the first time since our Kleptomania spree of concerts concluded in July. It feels like it’s been a particularly long break for us, considering how 2018 has been Septura’s busiest to date, performing dozens of dramatically different programmes around […]

Altmark Festival, Germany (by Sasha Koushk-Jalali)

The Altmark Festival was Septura’s first German destination of 2018, and we met early on Saturday morning to polish up our Borrowed Baroque programme. We have performed this a number of times in the UK recently, and merely had to bring James Fountain up to speed on our newest piece, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite. After working our way […]

Proms at St Jude’s – BOOK NOW!

We’re delighted to be making our debut at the wonderful Proms at St Jude’s in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London on 27 June. St Jude’s is an iconic building well-known to all of the members of the group, because London orchestras and chamber ensembles often record there. I know the church even better than the others […]

Septura stealing spree leads chamber revival

New nationwide YouGov research, widely reported in the British press, has revealed that 62% of British adults want to broaden their musical horizons, and classical chamber music is the genre that tops the list. The YouGov poll revealed that almost a quarter of Britons want to discover more about classical music – more than any […]

America Day 11 (by Simon Cox)

The last day of our tour began with the welcome confirmation that we would perform in Chicago after all – the snowy weather had subsided, and our scheduled masterclass at Northeastern Illinois University would now be a concert instead. The morning afforded us a rare chance to catch up on some sleep, which was especially […]

America: Day 9 (by Huw Morgan)

8am, Fayetteville: after a few post-breakfast gulps of fresh Arkansas air and with the battle bus loaded, we headed onto the interstate for the last major road trip of the tour – 7 hours to Belton, Texas. Driving conditions were pretty much perfect, with clear blue skies and open carriageways allowing us to quickly rack […]

America: Day 8 (by Dan West)

Never leave anyone behind. It’s the mantra of any decent touring outfit and when a group is forced to abandon this principle it does so with great reluctance. Today we were forced to ‘leave a man behind’ on two separate occasions. When six of us met in the lobby of our charming Detroit airport hotel […]