Wind music in the shadow of Napoleon.

boxwood brass Boxwood & Brass

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:00:00 GMT

Sound.Vision.Place at the University of Huddersfield presents a day of history, period instruments and Beethoven, with staff and students from the University and special guests Boxwood & Brass. On 16 February in St Paul’s Hall, concerts and talks explore the resonances of the Napoleonic campaigns through Beethoven's music. Talks before the lunchtime and early evening concerts look at Harmoniemusik (Wind Music) in the 19th century and wind music on and off the battlefields.

Praised for their "spectacular playing" (Robert Hugill), Boxwood & Brass is formed of British period wind-instrument players intent on promoting neglected wind chamber music and harmoniemusik of the Classical and early-Romantic periods. In their lunchtime concert, the ensemble perform the extraordinary Harmoniemusik version of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony - its first performance on period instruments in the UK for over 25 years. Issued by Beethoven’s publisher in 1816, the anonymous arrangement is scored for pairs of oboes, clarinets, horns, bassoons and double bass, and is one of the most demanding and virtuosic works in the Harmonie repertoire.

Dr Emily Worthington, Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield and member of Boxwood & Brass says “The reason that people should come to Boxwood, Brass and Battles day is to hear some amazing music, to time travel and to hear the stories that go behind the music”.

Tickets for the two concerts at 1.15pm and 6.15pm in St Paul’s Hall and are available online, or can be booked by contacting, or can be purchased on the door.

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