Formed in December 2011 by 10 students at the Royal College of Music, Kensington Brass are a versatile brass dectet, covering repertoire of all genres, from Baroque and Renaissance to Jazz and Film music. Self-arranged, this group attempt more than the average student ensemble - to plan original and exciting programmes, exploring the versatility of brass instruments and showcasing the talents of individual players.

Members of Kensington Brass have played professionally with a wide range of professional orchestras both in the UK and Europe, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, New European Ensemble, Solistes Europeens Luxembourg and Konzerthausorchester Berlin to name a few. Their players have also held principal seats in the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, European Union Youth Orchestra and the Aldeburgh World Orchestra.

Kensington Brass reached the final of the Royal Overseas League ensemble competition in 2013, to be the only brass group advancing to the final stage. The dectet have also won Royal College of Music Brass Ensemble Competition in both 2012 and 2013, awarded by Nigel Black and Alistair Mackie of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Kensington Brass have enjoyed a close working relationship with London brass, who taught many members of the group and have coached rehearsals. This included a tour in August 2012 with the LB Quintet to Holland where both groups performed at the Orlando festival, and London Brass acted as mentors and coaches for a 10 day residency. The tour finished with the KB trombone section performing a world premiere of a revised edition of Bush Baby with tuba virtuoso Oren Marshall. The Dectet have also collaborated with the London Gay Men’s Chorus ensemble, including a performance in the Shaw Theatre Soho, and a joint concert in the magnificent acoustic of Southwark Cathedral. 

The Dectet and Quintet of Kensington Brass enjoy giving recitals, having played at  Buckingham Palace, Southwark Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room, St. John Smith’s Square, Leicester Classical Chamber Music Festival, Kensington Town Hall, Kensington Gardens and in many of the Royal College of Music chamber music series.

With a strong enthusiasm for outreach work, the group annually play the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Tri-borough hub's Children’s Choice event. Other workshops and education concerts have included Aldro Boy’s Preparatory School in Surrey, The Marist Schools in Ascot, Colville Primary in Notting Hill and Skipton Music Society’s annual primary concert.



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