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GCMS Concert: Gir-ten

GirTen group photograph with instruments


Girton’s resident brass ensemble (directed by Jeremy West) presents a varied programme of original works and arrangements for brass dectet interspersed with solos and small-group items.

The programme, as is traditional in the world of brass, includes some fine transcriptions of core classical repertoire: a fragment of Wagner’s Lohengrin (Elsa’s Procession), an extract from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, maybe a bit of Brahms, and definitely a 10-part arrangement by Rachel Armitage of Schumann's haunting 'Träumerei'. Expect, as well, a light-hearted encounter with the cat, Kraken, a heel-clicking Bolero, a smidgen of trad jazz, and a hair-raising stomp through Sullivan's Imperial March.

The Gir-ten for this programme actually numbers 14, so hang on to your hats, and enjoy the spirited sounds of:

  • Trumpets: Rachel Armitage, Ailsa Critten, Tessa Doubleday, Shaun Fitzgerald, Max Stear and Kia Taylor-Powell
  • Horns: Charlie Nicholson and Jeremy West
  • Trombones: Yasar Cohen-Shah, Alex Liu, Sam Grimshaw
  • Euphoniums: Catriona James and Susan Smith
  • Tuba: Andy Kershaw

To whet your appetite, here is a laid-back lockdown recording of Jock McKenzie’s Creature’s Comfort by last year's Gir-ten (only at Girton...)

Admission free; retiring collection




GirTen in the Fellows' Garden with instruments