The London International Brass Festival
From 26th-28th March the Royal Academy of Music was host to the
1999 London International Brass Festival, one of the most diverse and wide-ranging brass
festivals ever held. Trumpet virtuoso John Wallace, Head of Brass at the Academy, and his
colleagues and students were joined by visiting artists from far afield, all sharing their
spectacular gifts in concerts and masterclasses.
The range of musics represented was wide by any standard: the Black Dyke Mills and
Salvation Army Bands rubbed shoulders with Viennese Baroque natural trumpets and Clio
Gould's elite strings. World Music from the Indian subcontinent was headily mixed with the
British contemporary greats, Birtwistle, Tavener and Maxwell Davies. This Festival
reflects the eclectic philosophy and spirit of innovation.
Listen to GMN's exclusive recordings of the festival's vividly contrasting range of
concerts as they become available on the site.