Trombone takes centre stage

Trombone ensemble Aucktet. Photo: Supplied

AN engaging and entertaining trombone concert will be performed in Invercargill this month.

Trombone Evolution features six professional trombonists, Douglas Cross, Tim Sutton, Mark Close, John Gluyas, Ben Zilber, and Grant Sinclair, who is originally from Invercargill.

The musicians are members of Auckland-based trombone octet, Aucktet, which was formed in 2014. This will be the first time they have performed outside of the region.

Sinclair, a former James Hargest College pupil, said he was looking forward to performing back in Invercargill.

He said he had always received support from the region, particularly when he went to London to do his masters.

“Part of the reason I’m really keen to do this is to try and give something back to Invercargill for a start, but also to try to encourage the music scene in Invercargill.”

Sinclair said the ensemble would perform a diverse range of music from classical through to more contemporary, along with a bit of jazz. This would include Back to the Fair (a work based on Scarborough Fair) by Reichenbach, Tuba Mirumfrom Mozart’s Requiem and No More Blues by Jobim.

“It’s going to be an interesting, accessible concert. It will be good if you love music, good if you’re new to concerts, or a family,” he said.

“The audiences that we play to seem to really respond well to what we do.”

Having several trombonists perform together provided a unique concert experience.

“The blend of sound is amazing.”

Sinclair said in a way it was similar to a male voice choir, where everything was in the same sort of register. He said there was a huge amount of variation they could create with volume, articulation and emphasis of the instruments.

“With [several] players all together the level of the effects you can generate with music is huge.”

Ahead of the concert, the ensemble will also be spending time with Southland music students. Along with performing, they would also have a discussion about life as a musician.

Sinclair said he had always played music, and had grown up through brass bands in Invercargill.

He studied engineering after leaving school and then worked in the industry in Christchurch for a couple of years.

“I realised that I really needed to exercise my musical bones, so I quit my job and went back to university to study music in Wellington.”

After completing his masters in London, he freelanced there for about a year, before picking up full-time orchestral contracts in Finland for 18 months and Sweden for a year.

Sinclair said he moved back to Auckland with his wife about three or four years ago and divided his time between performing as a freelance musician and engineering.

Trombone Evolution, Victoria Rooms, Civic Theatre, Saturday, July 29, 7.30pm. Book at the Invercargill City Council booking office or TicketDirect.

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