an outdoor garden concert with Connaught Brass
in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee

Saturday 14 May 2022 at 3:30 pm

Connaught Brass

Aaron Akugbo, trumpet
Harry Plant, trumpet
Robyn Blair, horn
Chris Brewster, trombone
Aled Meredith-Barrett, tuba

Supported by local choir The Octavian Singers.

Covid is officially over and the mood is soaring.  It is time for Spring at Breinton with a special event in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Our first outdoor event for 2022 will feature the freshest talent in chamber music, Connaught Brass.  Vibrant, spirited, bold and already set to perform at London's Wigmore Hall, they are on the threshold of a major international career.  Let us hear their hand-picked repertoire, including works by Elgar, Rimsky-Korsakov and other British composers, and feel their ambition to bring brass chamber music to the forefront of modern classical music.  And support local Woking talent, Chris Brewster on trombone on his return to Breinton as a professional musician.

To support the main act, we are delighted to present The Octavian Singers; this Woking-based community choir was established in 1987 and will entertain us with British-themed madrigals and light jazz.

Joyful voices and the majestic combination of trumpets, trombone, horn and tuba on a May afternoon;  we look forward to welcoming everyone back to enjoy the music at Breinton.

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Tickets are £20 each for adults and free for children. 

Tickets will be on sale from 22 March 2022.

Jess Gillam

A “thrilling young ensemble at the start of what is sure to be a major international career” (Great Birmingham Brass Fest), Connaught Brass are quickly making a name for themselves as a fresh talent in the chamber music world. Already set to perform at London’s Wigmore Hall and in the Lucerne Festival Debut Series, the ensemble’s ability to manipulate and unify sound earned them 1st Prize in the Inaugural Philip Jones International Brass Ensemble Competition 2019. Vibrant, spirited and bold, Connaught Brass place emphasis on their friendship with one another to showcase their individual musical personalities within a unique collective sound.

Jess Gillam

Established in 1987, The Octavian Singers have gained a justifiable reputation for achieving high musical standards and producing ambitious and popular musical events in Woking, Surrey and the surrounding areas.

Our repertoire includes a wide variety of music from baroque to 21st Century, madrigals to major choral works.

3:30 pm: Octavian Singers
with musical director Laura Brown

  • Now is the month of maying - Thomas Morley
  • The silver swan - Orlando Gibbons
  • April is in my mistress face - Thomas Morley
  • Phyllis farewell - Thomas Bateson
  • Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone - John Farmer
  • Java Jive - arr Crookall
  • Love is the sweetest thing - Al Bowlly arr Crookall
  • Summertime -George Gershwin
  • Lullaby of birdland - George Shearing
  • Good night sweetheart - arr Crookall

Connaght Brass ensemble
Aaron Akugbo (trumpet), Harry Plant (trumpet), Robyn Blair (horn), Chris Brewster (trombone), Aled Meredith-Barrett (tuba)

  • Giles Farnaby - Fancies, Toyes and Dreams
  • Edward Elgar - Chanson de Matin
  • Edward Elgar - Salut d’Amour
  • Clara Schumann arr. Blair - Romance (Op. 22, Mvmt 2)
  • Malcolm Arnold - Brass Quintet (Mvmts 1 & 3)
  • Mogens Andresen - 3 Norwegian Dances
  • Florence B. Price arr. Blair - Adoration
  • Trad. arr. Every - Folk Suite

updated on 7 May



Event Format

  • This event will be outdoors with free seating on the lawn
  • You may sit anywhere in the garden on your own chair/rug or you may borrow one of ours
  • Picnics are welcome for consumption before, during or after the performance.


  • The event remains subject to the whims of the British weather
  • If the forecast is for heavy rain, the event may be postponed to the same time on Sunday 15 May
  • We follow government guidelines for public performances.

Recital Tickets & Prices

  • Tickets are £20 each and must be purchased in advance from this website
  • Free admittance for school children.

Parking Guidelines

  • Parking availability drives the capacity for this event and guests are encouraged to travel by foot, by bicycle, or to share rides
  • Parking may be reserved at the time of booking for a fee of £5; no additional space will be available without a booking
  • There is no on-street parking available
  • Please patiently follow car parking instructions on arrival
  • Please be considerate of neighbours, fellow road users and other guests.


Jess Gillam

Aaron Akugbo is a versatile and talented trumpet player who freelances with the UK’s leading orchestras as well as having a successful chamber and solo career. Having just finished his Bachelor of Music, with honours, at the Royal Academy of Music, Aaron is currently trialing as principal trumpet with the Philharmonia Orchestra and English National Opera, as co-principal trumpet of BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and as second trumpet with London Symphony Orchestra whilst also freelancing regularly as principal and tutti trumpet with BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Sinfonia of London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jess Gillam

As a young hornist from Edinburgh, Robyn Blair has made her mark in chamber music through playing in the Connaught Brass quintet. She has recently gained funding towards a solo horn commission from the renowned trombonist and composer John Kenny, and aims to put on a trilogy concert of his solo brass works in Edinburgh alongside fellow ex-students of St Mary’s Music School. In February she will be performing and recording a premier of Hornpiece Solo by Luke Bedford.

Jess Gillam

Chris Brewster began playing the baritone aged 7, keen to eventually play the tuba. He quickly moved onto the euphonium and eventually started to play the trombone aged 12.

Having gained a first class honours degree at the Royal Academy of Music, he is now continuing his studies as a Post Graduate student and scholarship holder at the same institution. He studies trombone with Matt Gee, Ian Bousfield and Pete Moore, and euphonium/bass trumpet with James Maynard.

Jess Gillam

Aled Meredith-Barrett, originally from Pembrokeshire, is a tuba player and scholarship holder currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), London, with Lee Tsarmaklis (London Philharmonic Orchestra). He recently graduated with BMus (Hons) from RAM in September 2020.

Aled started playing the tenor horn at the age of 7 and quickly joined the Goodwick Brass youth band. Aled progressed through the ranks and joined the senior band in 2009, winning the 1st section national title in 2015.

Jess Gillam

Harry Plant, born in Eastbourne East Sussex, graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2020 with a first-class honours degree studying classical trumpet performance. He started learning cornet at the age of 3, taught by his father, Marcus Plant. Throughout his childhood, he attended many of the local music service ensembles, as well as many of the local brass bands. As well as being classical trained as a trumpet player, Harry also has a vast amount of experience in the folk, jazz and pop genre, on trumpet and flugelhorn.