Welcome to our archive of events from BRASS FUSION’S first year.
January 2010 saw an exciting newly formed music ensemble in Sussex. Brass Fusion, the brainchild of husband and wife team Sian and Martin Buss, is a group of experienced musicians who bring innovation and expertise to the world of brass music. Although they are steeped in the tradition of brass bands they are looking to extend the experience of the audience by providing a wide variety of musical styles.
With new logo and uniforms Brass Fusion create an eye catching impact on stage and are rehearsing regularly in order to give their audiences an unforgettable musical experience. Sussex has a rich tradition of brass bands and Brass Fusion not only continues that tradition but adds to it with recognisable and also refreshingly original music. Look out for Brass Fusion.
Brass Fusion will be appearing at the Henfield Hall on Sunday 12th December. They will of course be adding some festive music to their programme. Joining the group for this festive concert will be guest soloist, Opera singer Sidonie Winter. Since moving to the Village in mid 2009 Sidonie has built up her teaching practice in both singing and piano. She regularly performs with the Royal Opera and with the London based Carmelites Choir, and also appears on film soundtracks, her most recent being Shrek 4! Earlier this year she sang at the Chichester Festival Theatre in a Gilbert & Sullivan ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ broadcast. Sidonie will be performing a couple of numbers with the ensemble and also it is hoped she will lead the singing of a few carols. Concert starts at 2.30pm Tickets are available on the door at £5. Raffle & refreshments also available.
Sunday saw Brass Fusion’s first Christmas concert since their formation. The group arrived in plenty of time to set up everything but almost had to delay the start in order to put more chairs out for the ever increasing audience. After a rousing opening of ‘Fanfare for a Common Man’ the audience were entertained with a wide genre of music including a stunning rendition of ‘O Holy Night’ by local Opera Singer Sidonie Winter. Some of the audience even admitted having a few tears during the piece.
The group’s first soloist was lead cornet Martin Buss who astounded the audience with his impressive flourishes in ‘El Cumbanchero’. The five cornet players are versatile enough to be able to swap between cornet, trumpet and even flugel horn. This was demonstrated wonderfully by Andy Hodges with his rendition of the beautiful solo, ‘Evergreen’. After a manic distribution of refreshments it was the raffle followed by an auction of a lovely dolls house donated by a friend of the ensemble.
The second half started with Martin featuring on Eb Soprano in the well known piece ‘Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’. After another few pieces, including the famous ‘By the time I get to Phoenix’ solo performed by Steve on trombone, it was time to welcome Sidonie back with her second performance, this time the well known Christmas favourite ‘White Christmas’. The group entertained with both original and traditional pieces plus a few Christmas medleys along the way. The final soloist was Sian Buss on EEb bass playing that very moving slow melody ‘Londonderry Air’. After a few more pieces it was time for the audience to join Sidonie and the group in a few carols. It was lovely to hear the fantastic descant parts being sung above the brass playing and audience singing.
Throughout the concert the compere, Brian Grindall, provided a both professional and entertaining introduction to each piece, our sincere thanks to Brian. The appreciative comments from the audience as they left were very encouraging to all the players and we are looking forward to our next engagement. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible.
Brass Fusion Save the Day – December 2010
With only a few hours notice some of Brass Fusion’s members rallied round to help St. Andrew’s Church, Burgess Hill. Their regular organist was snowed in, as were quite a few of their choir. They had their Carol concert arranged for that evening and quite a few people were expected. Six brass players were able to help the event run smoothly with the accompaniment to all the carols. Luckily the main roads were manageable and, with some of the players living nearby or driving 4x4s, they were able to reach the Church. Many of the congregation praised the group afterwards for their help. Mulled wine and mince pies were rewarded to the players at the end of the service, much appreciated by all.