For more than a decade Tubalaté has been one of the country’s leading professional brass ensembles. Being the first ever tuba-euphonium ensemble to graduate and be awarded the prestigious Professional Performance Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music, Tubalaté have been at the fore-front of instrumental and repertory development.
Their wide range of styles and flexibility of performance has gained them an international reputation for promoting the dynamic development of brass chamber music, regularly presenting familiar music contrasted with exciting new commissions, generating a repertoire which is innovative and unique.
Tubalaté travel worldwide, playing to audiences in Russia, Latvia and the United States, as well as throughout Europe. The ensemble has also performed at many of this country’s leading venues, including the South Bank, the Barbican, the Waterfront Hall (Belfast), the Bridgewater Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall and made several appearances on radio and television. In 1998 Tubalaté received a Royal accolade performing at Buckingham Palace for Prince Charles’s 50th birthday celebrations, hosted by the Queen.
Tubalaté encourage educational projects, working in collaboration with organisations such as The Society for the Promotion of New Music (SPNM). The quartet also offers a range of educational concerts and workshops. They have given masterclasses at major music conservatoires including the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), the Welsh College of Music and Drama and the St. Petersburg (Russia), and Riga (Latvia) Conservatoires.
Compact disc recordings of Tubalaté are available: Light Metal, Episodes, Move and a disc of intriguing contemporary works entitled Earth and Moon.
The four members are: Paul Walton and John Powell (euphoniums), Ryan Breen and Leslie Neish (tubas), their vision has brought Tubalaté to the forefront of brass playing, with innovation, musical intelligence and sparkling performance.
This will be the 9th year that Tubalaté have been guest artists with Music Mania here in North Wales, and the children are always thrilled to work with them.