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"Bones Apart represents all that is best about British brass playing, with a beauty of sound and musicality that is simply stunning. They communicate with passion and humour and serve as wonderful ambassadors for the trombone"

Kevin Price,

Head of Music Performance,

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Sample programmes

Bones Apart performs a wide variety of repertoire combining original works and skilful arrangements. Composers such as Beethoven, Bruckner and Stravinsky have all written for trombone ensemble. Beethoven wrote his 'Equali' for four trombones in 1812 and it was also played at his funeral. Berlioz called the trombone the “true head of the family of wind instruments” and Holst and Elgar both played the trombone. In fact Gustav Holst was a member of the Carl Rosa Opera Company!

Bones Apart has commissioned many new works for trombone quartet including pieces from composers such as Gary Carpenter, Matthew Taylor, Christian Lindberg, John Kenny, Peter Meechan and Dan Jenkins.

Here are some examples of the variety of programmes we perform. We can also tailor our programme by request to suit any event. 

Wonder Women

Wonder Women: Muses, Queens and Warriors

O quam mirabilis est - Hildegard von Bingen

Suite from Bonduca (Boudicca) - Henry Purcell

Piangerò, la sorte mia from Giulio Cesare - G.F.Handel

Three Arias from Sant Alessio - Camilla de Rossi

Vignettes - Selection of works by Lili and Nadia Boulanger

First Trombone Quartet - Saskia Apon (2000)

Lady Sings the Blues - Songs by Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, Ann Ronell

Blues Melba - Melba Liston

Songs from Calamity Jane - Fain and Webster

Bones Apart enjoys a stellar reputation for producing chamber music of the very highest standard. A real coup, then, for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to showcase the ensemble in its prestigious Fridays at One slot."

"... the music was brought to the stage by a chamber group at the peak of its powers in a performance of elegance, subtlety and considerable variety in tonal colour."

21 February 2020

By Mark Good

Bandsman magazine

El Nuevo Mundo

A musical voyage from the Spanish peninsula to the discovery of The Americas​

Three Pieces from the Spanish Renaissance - Anon

Vivencies - Christian Lindberg (2004)

Five Spirituals - Traditional

Señoras - Dan Jenkins (2010)

Three Preludes - Gershwin

Postcards from Argentina - Piazzolla

Three Tangos - Nazareth / Rodriguez / Gonzaga

"In their concert they showed the RNCM brass students just how things should be done, with a flawless concert, demonstrating perfect balance, intonation, and their wonderful musical versatility. The place has buzzed with enthusiasm ever since their visit. A wonderful example to any young group who are wondering where to go in their musical life."

26 October 2009

By John Miller

Director of Brass Studies, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester 

Chasing Legends

Colourful and enchanting tales including King Arthur, Sleeping Beauty, Robin Hood and Sweeney Todd

Orfeo - Monteverdi

Suite from King​ Arthur - Purcell

Scenes from Sherwood - Dan Jenkins (2012)

A Little Threepenny Music - Kurt Weill

Tales from Mother Goose - Ravel / Tchaikovsky / Humperdinck

Little Suite from Sweeney Todd - Malcolm Arnold

Songs from My Fair Lady - Lerner and Loewe

“Their extraordinary technical ability and expressive harmonies, innate musicality and wonderful sounds successfully seduced a Leicester Lunchtime Concert audience."

7 March 2013

By Peter Baker

Leicester International Music Festival

"If music be the food of love..."

Music inspired by the works of English poet and playwright William Shakespeare

Agincourt Song - Anon.

Four Shakespeare Songs - Tim Jackson (2008)

Scenes from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' - Mendelssohn

Poem Unlimited - Jason Carr (1999)

Suite from 'Hamlet' - Tchaikovsky

West Side Story Selection - Leonard Bernstein

Songs from 'Kiss me Kate' - Cole Porter

If Music be the Food of Love - John Dankworth

"Music by Gounod, Debussy and Mendelssohn may seem unlikely material for four trombones but this highly accomplished all-female quartet demonstrated it was not in their Shakespeare-inspired concert. The tonal variety and pliancy of musical line produced by three tenor trombones and one bass trombone was quite astonishing at times."

28 November 2008

By Bernard Lee

Sheffield Telegraph

​Bones Apart presents...

Music from the Stage and Screen brought to life at a theatre near you!

A Tudor Mask​ - Henry VIII / Byrd / Dowland

Overture to 'The Barber of Seville' - Rossini

Suite from 'Carmen' - Bizet

Comedians' Galop - Kabalevsky

Promenade 'Walking the Dog' - Gershwin

Bones on Broadway - Dan Jenkins (2000)

Such Sweet Thunder - Duke Ellington

Tribute to the 'Rat Pack' - Porter / Rodgers & Hart / Berlin

Christmas with Bones Apart

Festive Fun!

Troika from 'Lieutenant Kijé’ - Prokofiev

Carol of the Bells - Leontovych

Shepherds' Farewell - Berlioz

Suite from 'The Nutcracker' - Tchaikovsky

Il est né, le divin Enfant - Fauré

In The Bleak Midwinter - Holst

The First Nowell - Hely-Hutchinson

Silent Night - Gruber

...and some Swinging Christmas favourites!