YAP ARTISTS Toby Hughesdouble bass & pianist Ben Powell, and the A4 Brass Quartet gave a sizzline concert at Wigmore Hall last week, as part of the Monday Platform series. Their programmes included works by Bottesini, Desenclos, Glière, Edward Gregson, Brucker, Bartok Dave Brubeck and a new commission for brass quartet Street Songs from Bramwell Tovey. They played to an sizeable and enthusiastic Wigmore Hall audience and promoters around the UK, who have have engaged them as part of the YAP scheme, are in for a treat!
“A 4 Brass were polished and full of vitality”
“The audience was enraptured by Toby’s playing, his musicianship admired by all concerned. His pianist too was a dream. “
The next YAP showcase at Wigmore Hall will be on 6 November as part of The Monday Platform series. The concert will feature double bass player TOBY HUGHES and the A4 BRASS QUARTET in a programme including works by Bottesini, Desenclos and Schumann, arrangements of works by Bruckner, Bartok and Brubeck and the world premiere of a new commission for brass quartet from Bramwell Tovey.
The audience at the YAP showcase held at Wigmore Hall earlier this month as part of the Monday Platform series were treated to star performances by the Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo and violinist Emily Sun & pianist Jennifer Hughes. In the first half of the concert the guitars included in their programme a late 20th century piece by Nikita Koshkin and a newly commissioned work from Michael Finnissey, holding the listener captive by the subtlety and persuasiveness of their interpretations of music from across the ages. In the second half of the programme Emily and Jennifer showed virtuosity and bravura in performances of contrasting violin & piano sonatas by Schubert and Strauss. It was an outstanding evening of music making and one which will be remembered as being amongst the best in the history of YAP showcases.