Entries by Matthew Knight

Nelson Residency Day 3 (by Matt Gee)

The morning after our New Zealand debut was gloriously sunny – any fuzzyness from a rather short night’s sleep quickly cleared; Pete was even heard whistling in the shower such was his happy outlook. Group warm-ups kicked the day off at 8am – Matt and Dan gave away their playing secrets, and reduced everyone to […]

Nelson residency Day 2 (by Huw Morgan)

After the festivities of the previous evening, the second day of our residency began with Matt Gee bravely volunteering to lead the 8am group warm-up class. Rather unsurprisingly for such an early morning session, the attendance of Septura’s other members – which had been enthusiastically mooted some twelve hours earlier – failed to materialise, as […]

Nelson residency Day 1 (by Alan Thomas)

Today our long awaited residency in Nelson begins. Over the next four days  we’ll give a performance of our Pilfered Piano programme, coach various young chamber groups, conduct a concert of Gabrieli in the Cathedral and combine together with the students in the final concert in a big Strauss finale. After doing our individual daily […]

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 […]