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Intrada Brass Ensemble is based in Preston in Lancashire, England, and was formed originally as a quartet in the 1970’s, gradually developing into the 11-piece ensemble we have today. Intrada uses, for the most part, a 10-piece formation plus percussion, consisting of four trumpets, french horn, four trombones, tuba and percussion. This expanded brass quintet was developed in order to play a wider variety of music in concert situations than is possible with more conventional and smaller ensembles. The flexibility it gives to composers and arrangers, in terms of texture, colour, range and dynamic contrast, are considerable, especially when mutes and other instruments such as piccolo and D/Eb trumpets, flugel horn and a wide variety of percussion are skillfully wielded.
The Seed was planted
The idea of a brass ensemble came to the world renowned trumpet player Philip Jones in 1965. At the time he was playing with the Royal Opera House Orchestra in London, and his idea was that a brass ensemble would be able to demonstrate the versatility and virtuosity of classical brass musicians unlike any other group where brass players were heard. Brass ensembles of this kind didn’t exist at this time, and just as Philip Jones started from scratch with the concept, specific and original arrangements and new compositions had to be created. He formed the now legendary Philip Jones Brass Ensemble (now London Brass, since Philip’s retirement) which many groups, including our own, have tried to emulate.
We carry out all sorts of engagements, from easy listening and wedding music, to full formal concerts. Some of these involve other performers, such as choirs, while others feature the variety of Intrada Brass Ensemble exclusively. Intrada is available in its full 11-piece formation, or smaller groups (quintet, for example) to provide that extra special accompaniment to wedding ceremonies.
A considerable amount of our repertoire is arranged by members of the ensemble, which means that Intrada will always have something new for you to listen to, though we don’t neglect any of your old favorites. We play a wide range of light music through to classical – for more information check out our repertoire page.
Francisco A. Pérez Ferrer
played a trumpet for first time at the age of 11. Very soon he earned his Bachelor in Music
Performance and the Teaching Degree Diploma at the age of 16. On the same year (1993) he won an audition and became member of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain. Later, he obtained with honours the Master’s Degree in Music Performance and Teaching.
Highlights from his musical career:
Principal Trumpet at Alicante Symphony Orchestra (1.996-1.999); Murcia Symphony
Orchestra (2.002) or Orquesta Sinaloa de las Artes (Sinaloa State Symphony, Sin, Mexico)
where he were the best-paid trumpet player in the whole country.
Has been invited to auditioning for the most prestigious positions by many other world-
renamed orchestras, such as Gewandhaus Orchester of Leipzig (Germany) or the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpet position (Adolph Herseth Chair) in 2.003 & 2.004.
Even has been an Recording Studio player for the Universal Studios, and played several Solo performances in Europe, America and Asia.
Recently has left his position as Trumpet Tutor of the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra.
His trumpet-building vocation cames from his early musician days, were he was self-trained.
Currently He owns a small trumpet workshop, where Francisco Pérez makes Historical Replicas as well as the most modern state-of-art piston valve trumpets for top artists from USA, France, Sweden or Japan among many others.
Mr. Pérez was Ambassador of the B&S Group in Latin America until January 2013.