"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"
Head of Music Performance,
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
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: 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
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
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
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
Christmas with Bones Apart
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!