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Bate Concert – Prince Regent’s Band

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.




Tuesday 29 November 2016 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday 29 November 2016 - 9:50 pm
Tickets £12.00 / Concessions £6
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Holywell Music Room
Holywell Street Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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