A4 Brass Quartet

A4 Brass Quartet

Key Facts

  • Instrument: Brass Quartet: Cornet, Tenor Horn, Baritone, Euphonium
  • Groups: A4 Brass Quartet
  • Website: www.a4brassquartet.co.uk


Jamie Smith – Cornet

Jonathan Bates – Tenor Horn

Michael Cavanagh – Baritone

Chris Robertson – Euphonium

A4 Brass Quartet are one of the UK’s leading young chamber ensembles. Based at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, A4 Brass is comprised of principal players from some of the UK’s leading brass bands, including the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery and Foden’s bands. The quartet has a unique blend of instruments, with a cornet, tenor horn, baritone and euphonium creating a distinctive sound that stands out from the standard brass quartet. The great technical capability and musical versatility of the quartet was recognised by the Royal Northern College of Music in the group’s first year together. Firstly, the quartet won the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble of the Year prize and after consequently being invited to represent the brass department at the overall prize, went on to win the Christopher Rowland Ensemble of the Year Award, claiming both the judge’s and audience vote.

The quartet perform concerts and masterclasses all over the UK and abroad, and 2015 saw the first mainland European excursion for A4 Brass as they accepted the invitation to perform at the Trakai Fanfare Week in Lithuania. In February 2017, they toured the Channel Islands, performing in Jersey, Alderney and Guernsey and in the same month were selected for the highly respected Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Platform. In July 2017 A4 were chosen for the Live Music Now programme and the Music in Hospitals & Care scheme as the quartet continues to expand and diversify their work. Since September 2017 the quartet have been John Fewkes scholars on the prestigious International Artist Diploma in Chamber Music course at the RNCM, which began with success as they were selected for the 2017 Tunnell Trust awards. This success continued in March 2018 as A4 Brass won the highly coveted Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music competition as well being selected for the Musicians’ Company Concert Series, resulting in the quartet being invited to become Yeomen of the Musicians’ Company.

Previous performances include Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Park Lane Group concerts at St. Margaret’s Church Westminster Abbey and St. Martin-in-the-Fields church, Cadogan Hall, Lake District Summer Music International Festival and King’s Lynn Festival; while upcoming engagements will see A4 Brass perform in Finland, Lithuania and Switzerland as well as London appearances in the Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall. The quartet has also featured on national television and radio, most recently on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In-Tune’ with Sean Rafferty and ITV’s 2017 Christmas Carol concert. In addition to this the quartet released their debut CD featuring new, original music composed specifically for the ensemble. Released at the RNCM Brass Band Festival in January 2016, it features composers including Martin Ellerby, Edward Gregson, Oliver Waespi and Nigel Clarke to name a few.


Musicians’ Company Award: Maisie Lewis Prize 2018

Page Updated: May 2018