Brass chamber music differs significantly from that of other instruments because it is a relatively new invention, and so there is no real established classical repertoire. Septura has sought to address this by wiping the slate clean: creating a brand new chamber formation, and building up a ‘canon’ of repertoire from scratch. We aim to perform this music with all of the expressive and timbral content of the originals, but enhanced by the unique qualities of brass instruments.
In our chamber music course at the Royal Academy of Music, London we aim to pass on what we have learned through Septura’s development. The course is comprehensive, covering the whole process of setting up a brass group, from choosing a formation, selecting and arranging repertoire, and bringing that music to life in performance.
In stand-alone sessions we can focus on the two crucial elements for aspiring brass chamber musicians: arranging for brass, and performing chamber music.