The Euphonium Collective

The Capriccioso Low Brass Quartet & Trio

Formed in December 2001, Capriccioso Brass originally consisted of two baritones and two euphoniums (picture above). This however changed recently when we added a tuba to the group, saying goodbye to Sue Vel on baritone. In 2005 we also said goodbye to Kate Thulborn on baritone and welcomed Susan Fowler, who made her debut at St. Mary's on May 28th.
In 2006, the group reformed as a
trio, which made its debut at St. Mary's on August 5th.
In 2007 we will welcome back Sue Vel on Baritone once more, and give our next performance as a quartet at St. Mary's in February.

Programme of Music, Concert 1;
Allegro from Sonata no.3 K.12, W.A. Mozart arranged by Louis Henry
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, trad. arranged by M. Grant
Northern Dances Op.14 Mauro Giuliani arranged by Douglas Brooke-Davies
Clarinet Trio no.1, Rudolph Bodingbauer
Loch Lomond, arranged by Kevin Stephenson
Finale, Trio Opus 87, Beethoven transcribed by Robert King

Concert 2;
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Handel arranged by H.L. Smith
Shenandoah, trad. arranged by Jordan Stephens
Premiere; Joshua, David & John, trad arranged by Terry Treherne
Flow My Tears, John Dowland arranged by Lucien Battaglia
Bugler's (on) Holiday!, Leroy Anderson arranged by Charley Brighton

The group exists to provide a high level of musical enjoyment and entertainment for both players and audience. The instrumental combination gives a unique sound and introduces the darker, richer tones of the baritone, euphonium & tuba to small ensemble works.
Nearly all the musical scores are arranged especially for the group by Charley Brighton, and with already a vast repertoire, we can provide music for almost any type of function. Here are just some of the items of music already in use;

Air on the G String, J.S. Bach.
All In The April Evening, Hugh S. Roberton.
Andantino Cantabile, Beethoven.
Amparito Roca, Jamie Texidor.
Arabian Dances Joshua Reed.
Ballade, James Mackie.
Barbershop Bubbles, Kenbrovin/Kellette.
Be Thou My Vision, Ermerson Eads.
Bohemian Rhapsody, Freddie Mercury.
Brassware, Leeanne Johnson.
Carillon, Ronald Binge.
Charlie Chaplin March, Barry Booth.
Circus Suite, Ken Friedrich.
Counterpoint in Dixieland, Chris Hossfield.
Divine Sacrifice, Charles Dove.
Eleanor Rigby, Lennon / Mc.Cartney.
Elegy, Mike Davis.
Engine Room Rag, Yvonne Anthony.
Fandango, Frank Perkins.
Folk Songs from Somerset, Vaughan Williams.
Frere Jacques, John Iveson.
Fugue II in C Minor, Bach.
Fugue for Brass Quartet, Op.41 no.3 Gordon Dale.
Georgia On My Mind, Hoagy Carmicheal.
Grecian Gambol, Joe Miserendino.
Hark How The Bells Nigel Coombes.
Hussar's Hurrah Joe Miserendino.
I Dreamed A Dream, from Les Miserables, Schonberg.
Infant Holy Noel De Lisle.
Impresario Overture, Mozart, arr. John Kirby.
Jasper's Dance, Arthur Sullivan.
Joshua Fit De Battle O' Jericho, Traditonal.
Le Basque, Marin Marais.
Loch Lomond, Mike Forbes.
Londonderry Air, Traditional.
Morris Dance, (from Henry VIII) Edward German.
(The) Nightingale, Mendelssohn.
Nocturne, Gilbert Vinter.
Orisons, Joe Miserendino.
Pathos, Ken Friedrich.
Pavanne, Luis Milan.
Prelude, La Traviata, Verdi.
Prelude, Lionel Simpson.
Quartet for The Autumn, Tim Foxon.
Romance, Sullivan.
Rondo, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mozart.
Russian Festival, Graham Hickey.
Scarborough Fair, Traditional.
Second Suite in F (March)Gustav Holst.
Semper Fidelis, Sousa.
Showboat, Jerome Kern.
Sleeping Tubas Waltz, Tchaikovsky.
Sonata K12 Mozart.
String Quartet op. 18 no.2, (final movement) Beethoven.
Suite no.2 Ken Friedrich.
That's Entertainment, Arthur Schwartz.
The Christmas Song Mel Torme.
Theme & Variations, Chris Dobie.
Under The Double Eagle, Josef Wagner.
Variations on the Pachelbel Canon, Johann Pachelbel.
Variations on We Wish You A Merry Xmas, Chris Gold.
Waltzes of Richard Rogers, Rogers.


Sue Vel baritone
Andrew Barratt, euphonium
Charley Brighton, euphonium
David Elliot-Smith, tuba

Player Profile; David Elliot - Smith
David currently plays tuba with the G.U.S. Brass Band. He started playing Cornet with the Egham band learners group and it was some years later that he transferred to the E flat Bass Tuba, and was able to have lessons with the principal Tuba of the London Symphony Orchestra.
David regularly performs at St. Mary’s and has also given many solo recitals at the Church.

Sue Vel
Sue has played with many Championship brass bands, including Hanwell, Aldershot, John Laing Hendon & Ascot Brass. She has also played with the BBC Winds at Maida Vale in London. She is currently with the Staines Band of the Salvation Army

Andrew Barratt.
Andy is Principal Euphonium with the Egham Brass Band and has previously played with Aldershot Brass and Runnymede Bands. He is a popular figure in the area and has a rare quality of sound on the instrument.

Charley Brighton.
Leader and musical arranger / director, Charley's full playing history is listed in these pages. Currently soloist with the B.B.C. Elstree Concert Band based at Maida Vale Studios in London, he promotes the Willson range of Swiss made euphoniums, believing them to be amongst the finest made.

Previous programmes;

Allegro from Sonata no.3 K.12
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
Northern Dances Op.14
Clarinet Trio no.1
Loch Lomond
Finale, Trio Opus 87

(with guest Roger Burke, Baritone)
Orisons Suite
Sonata no.3
Georgia on my Mind
We Wish You A Merry Christmas

A Grand Entrance
Waltz from Suite no.2
March from Suite in F
Jasper's Dance
Amparito Roca

Hark How The Bells
Suite no.2
Infant Holy
Arabian Dances
The Christmas Song
Variations on We Wish You A Merry Xmas

Be Thou My Vision
Engine Room Rag
Barbershop Bubbles

Charlie Chaplin on the Beach
Prelude op.105
Fugue no.2 in C minor
Andantino Cantabile
Sleeping Tubas Waltz
Londonderry Air
Folk Songs from Somerset

A Russian Festival
Counterpoint in Dixieland
Morris Dance
Hussar's Hurrah
The Impresario Overture

Theme & Variations
Le Basque
Variations on the Pachelbel Canon
Waltzes of Richard Rogers
All In The April Evening
Eleanor Rigby

Semper Fidelis
Air on the G String
Frere Jacques
The Nightingale
Georgia on my Mind

That's Entertainment
Semper Fidelis
The Nightingale
Frere Jacques
Scarborough Fair

A Quartet for The Autumn, Tim Foxon
Londonderry Air, arranged by Ralph Dunstan
Final, Beethoven String Quartet op.18 no.2
Joshua Fit De Battle, arranged by Linda Fox
Ballade, James Mackie
Bohemian Rhapsody, Freddie Mercury

St. Mary's Parish Church,
Church Street, Slough, Berkshire.

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