16th SEPTEMBER 2018   15.00 - 17.00


Old Church of Rannoch

Weller Poley Park
Perth and Kinross, PH16 5QA, Scotland
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Spitha Brass Quintet

Winners of the David James Brass Chamber Prize at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2017.

Spitha Brass is a Glasgow-based brass quintet consisting of students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Their rather unusual name is due to one of their members' Cypriot roots. Translated into English, "spitha" means "sparkle". 

And their concert in Rannoch promises to bring a sparkle to the Old Church this Sunday afternoon! From baroque and classical to traditional to jazz and pop, the programme includes music for every taste. It features Wild Loch Mountain Lomond Thyme by Robert Newth, a lyrical and dreamy fusion of two well known Scottish melodies, and the elegant and beautiful White Rose Elegy by Caleb Hudson. There are also two expressive and thoughtful pieces written as special tributes: film composer, Michael Kamen's Quintet in memory of those who fought for American independence, and Steven Verhelst's Song for Japan, dedicated to the victims of the tsunami in Japan in 2011. On the lighter side, the programme includes arrangements of Fats Waller's Ain't Misbehaving and Stevie Wonder's Greatest Hits, and a medley of well known jazz and pop tunes by Andrey Bykov.

Click here  to hear the group play Lee Norris's arrangement of Ain't Misbehaving, and other pieces.  

Each member of the Spitha Brass Quintet is a highly accomplished professional musician in his or her own right.

Emily Stokes (Trumpet/Flugel) began learning the trumpet and piano from a young age and attended the Newham Academy of Music from the age of five, receiving a scholarship during her studies and winning two Jack Petchey awards for achievement during her time there. After successfully auditioning each year for a place in the National Children’s Wind Orchestra of Great Britain, she was a member for seven years from the age of eleven, progressing through the ensembles and ending her time with the organisation playing principal trumpet in the National Youth Wind Ensemble. Since then, Emily has played with ensembles such as Orchestra of the City, Newham Philharmonic Orchestra, East London Symphony Orchestra and Glasgow Sinfonia. She also performs regularly in musicals and pantos and hopes to continue this after finishing her studies at the Conservatoire.

Marcus Shanks (Trumpet) was born in Greenock, Scotland, and began to learn the trumpet from a young age. In 2012 he won the A.J.Sloane Trophy for Advanced Brass at the Inverclyde Music Festival, which enabled him to study at the European Youth Summer of Music later in that year. In 2014 he won the Ernest Boden/Erskine Orr Scholarship to study at the Junior Conservatoire of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. After finishing high school he went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he is just starting his final year. He has performed actor-musician shows of "A Star Wars Story" and "007 James Bond" where he played the baddie! After finishing his degree Marcus hopes to play on cruise ships whilst travelling round the world.

Isaac Wilsher (French Horn) was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. He has played around the UK and beyond in various ensembles and is currently being instructed by David Flack, ex-principal horn of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He also plays in the Highland Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Isaac has collaborated with the Scarborough Spa Orchestra and the Opera North Horn Ensemble, and has received additional instruction from such renowned horn players as Beccy Goldberg (Northern Chamber Orchestra), Frank Lloyd (Guildhall School of Music) and Bob Ashworth (Opera North). Isaac is also a whisky connoisseur and avid photographer.

Jesús Lorente González (Trombone) is from a small village in Spain called Tobarra and is in his final year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he is studying with Simon Johnson, Dávur Juul Magnussen and Lance Green. He also works as a music instructor for North Lanarkshire Council. He is a member of the Nevis Ensemble and he has been a member of the Irish Film & POP Orchestra and the Joven Orquesta de Albacete. He has also played in Spain, France, Austria, Malta, Ireland and Germany with different ensembles. He is a member of the Clydeslide Trombone Quartet which in 2017 won the Mary D Adams prize for chamber music. During the past academic year 2017/18 he has been taking part in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Apprenticeship Scheme.

Andreas Theocharous (Tuba) is from Limassol, Cyprus, and is currently studying with Andy Duncan at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He graduated at Limassol Music High School with the highest marks of his year and was principal tuba player at the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra where he performed the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto. From 2012 until 2014 he served as sergeant in the Military Music Band of Cyprus National Guard. From 2017, he has collaborated with Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet Orchestra and won the apprentice schemes to play side by side with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He has also had masterclasses from tuba players such as Roland Szentpali, Ryan Breen, Jonathan Gawn, Anthony Swainson, and performed with various ensembles in the UK, France, Italy, Greece, Malta, Lebanon and Cyprus.

Tickets for the concert are £8 at the door, with free admission for children. Refreshments (a glass of wine or a soft drink, and nibbles) will be served during the interval.