Slide Action (trombone quartet):
Anton Bruckner (arr. Williams) – Christus Factus Est
Saskia Apon – First Quartet
Francis Poulenc (arr. Cirtina) – Quatre petites prières de saint François d’Assise
Alex Paxton – NEW WORK (world premiere)
Fitzroy Piano Quartet:
Frank Bridge: Phantasy Quartet in F sharp minor, H.94
Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47
In the 68th Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition held in 2020, Slide Action won the Mixed Ensembles Section, while the Fitzroy Piano Quartet won the String Ensembles Section, with each ensemble collecting a prize of £10,000. This concert celebrates their success and presents a very varied and attractive programme to brighten up a late autumn evening!
Formed in 2018, Slide Action also won first prize in the International Trombone Association Quartet competition held at the 2019 International Trombone Festival, held at Ball State University, Indiana, USA.
The members of Slide Action – Huw Evans (alto and tenor), Benny Vernon (alto and tenor), Jamie Tweed (tenor) and Josh Cirtina (bass) – are all professional freelance trombonists, working with orchestras, bands and shows all across the UK and Europe. Collectively the members have worked with the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Aurora, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Opera North, City of Birmingham Symphony and Welsh National Opera Orchestras, to name but a few. They have also worked in the pits of the West End on shows such as Fiddler on the Roof and Phantom of the Opera.
Slide Action is very proud and thankful to be supported by Denis Wick Products Ltd. They perform exclusively on Wick mouthpieces and mutes.
The Fitzroy Piano Quartet – violinist Laura Custodio Sabas, violist Emily Pond and cellist Michael Newman from the Fitzroy String Quartet and pianist Roman Kosyakov – came together at the Royal Academy of Music. The Fitzroy String Quartet formed at the Academy in 2014 and won the Beethoven Prize at the second International Beethoven Chamber Music Competition.
The quartet’s current position as associate ensemble at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire led them to Roman Kosyakov, who studies there with Pascal Nemirovski.