Abbey Brass was formed in 1983 by trombonists John Powell (of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) and James Fulkerson (the eminent American composer and soloist). Then, as now, it combined players based in the West Country with others based in London and other musical “hubs” (the original line-up usually included performers from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Ballet Orchestra) in a variety of ensemble sizes and instrumentations, to perform concerts and lecture recitals, at weddings and in conjunction with choral societies, the length and breadth of Great Britain and in France.
As a celebration of its first quarter century, Abbey Brass toured Italy as a dectet of American, British, Danish and Swedish players and academics. Its repertoire ranged from the Renaissance to both “art” and “light” music of the present day, bringing together a vast range of performance experience from all points of the compass, from the Northern Sinfonia via the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden to Teatro Massimo di Palermo, and from Dallas Symphony Orchestra to Malmo Opera House.
Abbey Brass also performed at the Vigonza Festival in quintet format and has since been in continual demand as a quintet, sextet, dectet and fourteen-piece ensemble.
Abbey Brass recorded its second CD “November Journeys” in 2020. It features Symphony no. 10 by George Lloyd, alongside three works by Paul Drayton: Tom Pellow’s March, Nocturne and Antique Suite.