Paul Goodchild (Artistic Director) trumpet
Andrew Evans trumpet
Robert Johnson French horn
Matthew Harrison trombone
Scott Frankcombe tuba
Sydney Brass is one of Australia’s oldest and most respected chamber music ensembles.
Formed in 1958 as The Sydney Brass Ensemble by the late Cliff Goodchild (1926-2008) (Principal Tuba, Sydney Symphony Orchestra) with four of his colleagues from the brass section of the SSO, the ensemble gained an immediate reputation as a dynamic group of fine instrumentalists.
Being members of the SSO offered exposure on ABC radio and television as well as through concerts and tours. Sometimes offering performances in regional New South Wales as an extension of an SSO tour or due to performances with Musica Viva. By the mid 80s, an increased concert schedule with the SSO combined with the retirement of Cliff from the SSO, led to a decrease in public activities by the ensemble.
In 1987 the ensemble was reformed by Cliff’s son Paul Goodchild (Associate Principal Trumpet, SSO). The newly energised ensemble was named Sydney Brass and comprises symphony and freelance musicians who perform regularly with the major orchestras of Australia.
This versatility enables Sydney Brass to perform music for quintet through to a ten piece ensemble from all facets and genres; from Renaissance (Gabrieli and Monteverdi) through to modern popular works from composers such as Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.
JS BACH arr FRANCKENPOHL - Contrapunctus #1 from ‘The Art of Fugue’ BWV 1080
Claudio MERULO – 2 Canzonas from the Spendour of Venice: Canzon 5
Giovanni GABRIELI – La Spirita
Alan HOLLEY - Canzona in memory of Gyorgy Ligeti
W.A.MOZART arr HENDRICKS - Rondo from Horn Concerto #4
Victor EWALD Quintet No. 3
David STANHOPE – Ceremonial Fanfare
Michael KAMEN – Quintet
Percy GRAINGER arr STANHOPE – Tone-stuffs for Brass Five-some
George GERSHWIN arr GALE – Suite from Porgy & Bess
Sydney Brass is also available for masterclasses.