Brass players unite to honour Rhys Owens in charity concert

Brass players from Wirral Symphony Orchestra and Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra will assemble in Liverpool to celebrate the life of Rhys Owens.

In March 2022 Rhys Owens, Principal Trumpet of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music died as a result of motor neurone disease.

This concert is being organised to pay tribute to him on the anniversary of his death and to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The concert features performances by brass players from Wirral Symphony Orchestra and Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra, as well as an appearance by local operatic tenor Nick Hardy. Since Rhys was a proud Welshman, the concert will finish with Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, the Welsh National Anthem.

He was an inspirational performer who is much missed by his friends at the RLPO; he influenced a new generation of trumpet players through his work as a tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

The concert is being held in Liverpool Parish Church (Our Lady and Saint Nicholas) opposite the Liver Building close to James Street and Moorfields stations.

The programme features a mix of musical styles and features the premiere of Fantasy on Calon Lân, for brass quintet, written especially for the occasion by local composer Isabelle Ryder.

There will also be a performance by local operatic tenor Nick Hardy, singing pieces arranged for the occasion by a former colleague of Rhys at the RLPO, Edward Peak.

Tickets (£15) are available at or on the door. Saturday 18 March at 7.30pm.

Image: Rhys Owens

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