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Horns Aloud, formed in 2002 from graduates of Trinity College of Music, are a prize-winning Horn Quartet who perform a unique blend of chamber music around the country. The group has evolved with the founder members John Davy, Jamie Thomas and Marc Woodhurst joined in 2005 by Jocelyn Lightfoot and the ensemble’s success continuing to grow as the quartet explored new repertoire and audiences.

Recently, the quartet have performed in concerts and festivals abroad. A sell-out concert in Turin’s Palazza Madama in 2010 was followed by performances in the glorious alpine scenery of the 2011 I Suoni delle Dolomiti festival and record crowds for Colourscape’s visit to Turku in Finland, all events given with and organized by Martin Mayes, a Turin-based horn-player and musician. In 2012, the ensemble will be appearing in three performances of the new commission Fire by David Bruce, given as part of the Salisbury and Spitalfields festivals and delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with the BBC, LOCOG, Sound & Music and NMC Recordings.

During 2008, Horns Aloud were selected to perform by the Park Lane Group at the close of their Young Artists’ Series at the South Bank in London and also performed at the Colourscape Festival on Clapham Common in September, along with more recent Christmas concerts.
2009 was an even more eventful year, with the group appearing at the foyer of the Royal Festival Hall, and announcing the world premiere of a new work for the group by Cecilia McDowall at the British Horn Society Annual Festival.

The group has also given three performances as soloists of Schumann’s virtuoso Konzertstück and performed Tippett’s Sonata for four Horns as part of the 2005 St. Endellion Festival. Horns Aloud give concerts, recitals and workshops at venues across England to audiences of widely varying age and taste and the group’s repertoire is correspondingly broad. Expect anything from Bach to Bizet, Purcell to Tippett, with a little light Gershwin or Flanders & Swann thrown in amongst rousing horn calls and sultry slow movements.

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