The Prince Regent’s Band
Richard Fomison – soprano saxhorn and cornets
Richard Thomas – contralto saxhorn, tenor saxhorn and cornets
Anneke Scott – tenor saxhorn and ventilhorn
Phil Dale – baritone saxhorn
Jeff Miller – contrabasse saxhorn
The Celebrated Distin Family
The Bate Collection of Musical Instruments has invited the Prince Regent’s Band for a concert celebrating the Distin Family and explore nineteenth century music for brass instruments.
The Distin Family was one of the earliest and most famous of brass ensembles.
After travelling to Paris in 1844 where they discovered a new valved brass instrument by Adolphe Sax in a concert organised by Hector Berlioz, the family quickly acquired a full set of five of the new instruments which they claimed to be the first to call “sax horns”.
These instruments are today the instruments that make up the modern brass band.
The Distins were resourceful arranging and rearranging popular works of the time, including many works from the genres of opera, ballad and folk song. Their programmes often advertised works by composers such as Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Meyerbeer, Handel and Beethoven.