No one has done more to enhance the image of the harpsichord in recent years than virtuoso Mahan Esfahani. In a recent concert recorded by BBC Radio 3, he joined the Britten Sinfonia in works by Italian and Spanish composers, including a world premiere by Francisco Coll. The concert is available for a limited time here
Described by The LA Times as "one of the year's most astonishing new operas", the European premiere of Gerald Barry's 'Alice's Adventures Under Ground' was given at London's Barbican Centre at the end of November. The performance was recorded for BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now programme. The performance is now available for a limited time here: Gerald Barry: Alice's Adventures Under Ground.
The eagerly anticipated John Lewis Christmas Advert is finally here, and Shane can be heard on the soundtrack! The advert, which has come to be recognised as signalling the start of the festive season features the band Vaults, and a Boxer Dog called Buster! You can buy the track here.
Shane can be heard on the French Tenor - Roberto Alagna's latest album. 'Malena' features mainstream and popular Classical hits, as well as brand new songs written especially for Alagna. The CD is available to buy here.
On 8th October, Shane will be performing with Sinfonia Cymru in a concert to commemorate 50 years since the Aberfan disaster. S4C have commissioned a special piece, Cantata Memoria, which will receive its world premiere at the concert. Composed and conducted by Karl Jenkins, it features some of Wales' most celebrated artists; Bryn Terfel, Elin Manahan Thomas, David Childs and Catrin Finch. The concert will be broadcast at 7.30pm on Sunday 9th October on TV channel S4C.
On 1st September, Shane performed a new commission for Soprano, Trumpet and Percussion by Naresh Sohal. The event was to reopen Britain's oldest Asian theatre - Tara Arts Theatre. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan was guest of honour at the opening ceremony and the event was featured on the BBC Breakfast Show. You can view some footage from the event here.
Shane can be heard on O2's latest advert: More for you. From O2. Network TV advert.
Shane can be heard on a new CD of sacred choral works by Dan Locklair. The CD brings together pieces composed with texts that come from across the liturgical year, and Shane can be heard playing on the central work 'Gloria' - featuring large choral forces, brass octet and percussion. The CD is available from 13 June from here.
Shane recently performed with Wayne Woodward on the Britain's Got Talent Final show. The performance was broadcast live on ITV, and Wayne was eventually awarded second place. Click here to view a video of the performance.
Shane has been recording the music for a new film. Kubo and the Two Strings is an American 3D stop-motion fantasy film starring Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara and Matthew McConaughey, due for release in August 2016. The trailer for the film can be viewed here.
Shane has recently been performing in The Royal Opera House's production of The Importance of Being Earnest by Gerald Barry. The opera was broadcast live on The Royal Opera House's YouTube channel, and can be viewed for a limited time here.
Shane was involved in a re-recording of the iconic UEFA Champions League Anthem. You can view a video showing the theme being recorded here.
Shane performed in the CD launch concert of A Hum About Mine Ears by Clara Sanabras with Britten Sinfonia. The CD is available to buy here.
On 9th February, Shane performed with Britten Sinfonia, playing the Flugelhorn in Louis Andriessen's 'La Passione'. The performance was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and you can Listen Again Here.
On 6th January, Shane lead a masterclass in the glorious surroundings of the new Saffron Hall with students from Saffron Walden County High School. The hall is hosting an array of world class performers. Check out their website for more details!
Shane is delighted to have been appointed as the Trumpet Tutor at DLD Sixth Form College in London. The College's brand new purpose built campus overlooks Westminster and the River Thames and houses state of the art facilitues including a recording studio, practice rooms and a concert hall.
Earlier this year, Shane recorded a new work - 'When Music Sounds' by composer Rebecca Dale. A single - 'I'll Sing' from that work has been released, and you can buy it on iTunes. All proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Now. Click here to buy 'I'll Sing' by Rebecca Dale.
Shane recently recorded the soundtrack for O2's latest advert for the Rugby World Cup at London's Abbey Road Studios. You can watch the advert here: O2 Wear The Rose - Make Them Giants England Rugby Animation.
Shane recently recorded film music for students studying at Berklee College of Music. The sessions took place at London's Abbey Road Studios, and here you can see Coming Home by Andy Mastroddi being recorded.
Shane recently recorded a new 8 movement song cycle by singer-songwriter, Clara Sanabras with Britten Sinfonia. The album will be released in 2016, to mark Shakespeare's 400th anniversary.
Earlier this year, Shane recorded on a track for John Kirkpatrick's new album - Tunes From The Trenches. The CD features songs from the First and Second World Wars and is available to buy here.
Shane has been busy in the studio recording the soundtracks for two films, both due to be released later this year. Everest is an American 3D film starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley and Robin Wright. It is based on the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. My Bakery In Brooklyn is a romantic comedy telling the story of two cousins living in Brooklyn.
Shane recently deputised on Top Hat The Musical: UK Tour. The show is on tour until the end of July 2015. More information, venues and tickets can be found on the website.
A forthcoming performance of James Macmillan's St Luke Passion with Britten Sinfonia will be broadcast live from King's College, Cambridge on BBC Radio 3. You can listen again to the performance here.
Shane has formed The London Fanfare Consort with three colleagues from The Royal College of Music. The group specialise in providing ceremonial music for a variety of occasions. Please take a look at the website for more information.
A recent performance with Britten Sinfonia and Polyphony was performed live on Dutch Radio 4 from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. You can listen again to the performance here
Shane has recently been on tour to the Canary Islands with Britten Sinfonia. Joined by the National Choir of Spain, the orchestra performed in two concerts in Gran Canaria and Tenerife as part of the Canary Islands Music Festival. Later this month, the orchstra travel to Amsterdam to perform in The Concertgebouw. With its exceptional acoustics and high quality programming, The Concertgebouw is regarded as one of the finest concert halls in the world. More information and tickets can be found here: War and beauty: Shostakovich, Haydn and Part
Shane recently recorded a Carol Service at Central Hall, Westminster for Premier Christian Radio. The service is due to be broadcast at 1pm on Christmas Day and at 5pm on Boxing Day.
At the end of the month, Shane will be performing with Britten Sinfonia in the second of Sadler's Wells' Composer Series, featuring the music of Thomas Ades. In this epic new Sadler's Wells programme, See the Music, Hear the Dance, Ades conducts his only London appearances in 2014, featuring four dance works - including two world premieres - set to some of his most celebrated music. More information and tickets can be found here: Thomas Ades: See the Music, Hear the Dance
September has been a busy month with The London Banqueting Ensemble. Performance highlights include the Goodwood Revival Weekend, fanfares for Sir Terry Wogan and a performance of The Post Horn Gallop for Joan Collins.
On 29 May, Shane performed in a service at St Martin-in-the-Fields with Brandenburg Brass to celebrate Ascension Day. The service was broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 and you can listen again here.
Shane will be performing throughout the UK with two of the country's leading Folk Bands- Brass Monkey and Home Service. Featuring some of the most iconic figures in Folk music, these performances are not to be missed! Tour dates can be found on the band websites.
Shane was in the band for the first City Academy Sunday Session at Sadler's Wells. You can watch some of the videos on the City Academy YouTube Channel.
Shane will be playing in a few performances with The Octandre Ensemble throughout the year. The ensemble is dedicated to exploring the energy of sounds, and the webs of ideas that form around them. Please take a look at some of their work on YouTube.
On Christmas morning, Shane will be featured as a soloist at the KICC Christmas From Around The World. He will perform Gabriel's Oboe with The London Soloists as part of the celebrations.
A brand new state of the art concert hall has been built at Shane's old school in Saffron Walden. Saffron Hall will play host to a year-round programme of music, theatre and other arts events. The project has been generously supported by The Yellow Car Charitable Trust, the same charity that helped to launch Shane's Classical Crossover Demo CD. This is fantastic news for Saffron Walden and the arts!
Shane was involved with the recording of Steven Sondheim's 'Merrily We Roll Along'. This production recieved more five star reviews than any other in West End history. It will soon be available for digital download, and is due to be broadcast in over 1,000 cinemas worldwide. In the meantime, you can watch the trailer here: Merrily We Roll Along Trailer
Shane recently appeared in the UK Tour of Soul Sister - a musical inspired by the music, life and times of Ike and Tina Turner. More information and tour dates can be found at: Soul Sister: UK Tour
Shane will be playing at a few Folk festivals this summer with Home Service. More information about the band and performance dates can be found at: www.homeserviceband.co.uk
New videos have been uploaded to Shane's YouTube channel. You can subscribe to Shane's YouTube channel here.
On Saturday 18 May, Shane will be leading a trumpet workshop as part of Music'all Open Day. Music'all is a music school for all based in Parsons Green, London. Everyone is invited to try out a variety of instruments that they may wish to learn. More information about the school and the open day can be found here: www.musicall.org.uk
Shane is currently deputising on Merrily We Roll Along which is being shown in the heart of London's West-End at The Harold Pinter Theatre. Click here for more information and to book tickets.
On 24 April, Shane performed dinner music for The Worshipful Company of Carmen with The London Banqueting Ensemble in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, including a performance of the Post Horn Gallop. Click here to view a performance of the Post Horn Gallop.
On 23 April, Concentus Brass Ensemble performed at Pembroke College, Oxford in the presence of HRH The Duke of Kent for the opening of their new quadrangles and buildings. More in formation can be found here: Major expansion to Pembroke launched.
A memorable concert from last year with Andrea Bocelli and The British Philharmonic Orchestra has recently been shown on Channel 5. Watch Andrea Bocelli at the iTunes Festival, The Roundhouse, London.
After the successful sell-out launch concert at King's Place, the new Brass Monkey live album and DVD has shot to number 1 in the Amazon DVD/Audio chart. You can buy the album here: Brass Monkey - The Best Of Live.
As Brass Monkey get ready to launch their new DVD at King's Place on 10th March, you can see an interview with the band here: Brass Monkey DVD Interview.
Concentus Brass Ensemble have launched their new website! You can view it here: www.concentusbrass.com
Brass Monkey release their live CD/DVD during March of this year with a launch concert at King's Place, London. In the meantime, here is a trailer of what to expect: Brass Monkey Live DVD Trailer. There is also a free download of one of their biggest hits here: Brass Monkey: Friar In The Well FREE DOWNLOAD
Shane has been filming with the Concentus Brass Ensemble for ITV's Text Santa. The short film, presented by Caroline Flack, will be shown on Friday 21st December. If you would like to donate a pound, text: FLAK79 £1 to 70070.
Philip Glass at 75: On 14th December, Shane will be performing at The Barbican with Britten Sinfonia in a performance and live screening of 'Koyaanisqatsi' the unforgettable 1982 film set to a new arrangement of Glass' film score for his ensemble and orchestra. More information about the concert can be found here.
Medieval Modernists: On 8th December, Shane will be performing at St. Lawrence Jewry, London EC2V 5AA with The Octandre Ensemble. The Concert includes a performance of 'Hoquetus Petrus' for two flutes and piccolo trumpet by Birtwistle. The composer himself will be attending the concert. Click here for more information
Shane has been working with The Octandre Ensemble. The ensemble is dedicated to exploring the energy of sounds, and the webs of ideas that form around them. Please visit their website for more information on forthcoming projects and concerts.
A recent performance with Andrea Bocelli at The Roundhouse can now be viewed for a limited time on iTunes. Open iTunes and go to the main iTunes Festival page to watch the show.
On 21st September, Shane will be performing with Orpheus Sinfonia at Cadogan Hall. The programme includes Beethoven's 5th Symphony and Brahms' Violin Concerto performed by Tasmin Little. More information and tickets can be found Here
On 18th September, Shane will be performing with The British Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert with Italian superstar - Andrea Bocelli. Hailed as one of classical music's most beloved tenors, this is a concert not to missed! It takes place at The Roundhouse, London as part of the iTunes festival and the supporting artists are Soprano- Laura Wright and Classical Guitar Duo- CARisMA. More information can be found at: iTunes Festival 2012
Legendary folk band, Brass Monkey have launched their new website. You can view it here: www.brassmonkeyfolk.co.uk
Shane will be performing as part of the House Band for the Exhibition Road Show- this festival runs between 28th July - 5th August. Appearances include performances with Acrobats outside the V&A Museum and new works by the German Techno group Kraftwerk arranged for brass quintet. An event not to be missed! Please click Here for dates and times.
Watch a video of Shane Brennan and his Orchestra here! Shane Brennan and his Orchestra - Gabriel's Oboe
Shane is the trumpet teacher at Music'all - a thriving music school based in Parsons Green, London. Please visit their website where there are fantastic opportunities available to all young musicians - including scholarships! www.musicall.org.uk
Shane is now on twitter! Please follow him - @Shane_Trumpet.
Shane has been back on the road with the legendary English Folk Band Brass Monkey, headlining at Southwell and Chippenham Folk Festivals. For more information on other festival appearances this summer, please visit John Kirkpatrick's Website: www.johnkirkpatrick.co.uk
Shane has been busy performing with The London Banqueting Ensemble. The ensemble specialise in music for dinner functions, weddings, receptions, corporate events, military mess dinners, launch parties, opening ceremonies, and any other special occasions. For more information or to book the ensemble, please go to: The London Banqueting Ensemble
Shane recently recorded the music for a theatre production. 'Making Noise Quietly' by Robert Holman (music by Christian Mason) runs at the Donmar Warehouse from 19th April - 26th May 2012. For more information and tickets, please go to: Making Noise Quietly at the Donmar Warehouse
Shane has been busy rehearsing with the legendary English Folk Band Brass Monkey, as he joins them on their very special tour in April and festivals during the summer which celebrates their 30th anniversary. Shane will join Paul Archibald to make it a six-piece band. For more information and tickets, please visit John Kirkpatrick's Website: www.johnkirkpatrick.co.uk
Shane will be performing in a series of concerts throughout February with The London Concert Orchestra to celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Former Royal Correspondent and broadcaster Jennie Bond will host an evening of much loved music from across Britain and favourite themes from TV and Radio. For more information and tickets, please go to: A Celebration Of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee with The London Concert Orchestra
Shane's first engagement in 2012 will be a trumpet and organ recital at St. Martin-in-the-Fields (Organist - Oliver King). This will take place on 2nd January at 1pm and will feature music by Albinoni, Flor Peeters and Neruda.
26 November 2011
On 26th November, highlights of Russell Watson - Return of the Voice: Live At The Royal Albert Hall were shown on ITV, featuring Shane - now available on DVD. Click on the link to watch it Again! ITV Player - Russell Watson - Return of the Voice
On 10th November, Shane performed at The British Library with Triumph Brass in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip for the opening of the new 'Royal Manuscripts' exhibition. Click on the link for more information about the exhibition Royal Manuscripts Exhibition
On 7th and 8th November, Shane will be at Pinewood Studios filming a scene for 'Snow White And The Huntsman'. This is an upcoming fantasy adventure film directed by Rupert Sanders due for release on 1st June 2012 in the United States. The film stars Kristen Stewart (Snow White), Charlize Theron (Evil Queen) and Chris Hemsworth (Huntsman). Click on the link for more information about the film Snow White And The Huntsman
4 October 2011
On 4 October, Shane performed fanfares to welcome celebrities and guests down the red carpet to 'The Three Musketeers' film premiere at Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd's Bush. Stars including Orlando Bloom, Milla Jovovich, Christoph Waltz and Take That attended the premiere. Click on the link, and see if you can spot Shane! The Three Musketeers World Premiere
Shane has recently returned from a trip to Mumbai where he performed in a series of concerts with The Symphony Orchestra of India Click on the link to listen to a short interview on BBC Radio 4 which talks about this interesting project.BBC Radio 4 talk about The Symphony Orchestra of India
Click on the link to watch a video of Shane performing with Russell Watson: Live at The Royal Albert Hall. Pre-order the DVD on Amazon now! Russell Watson: Return Of The Voice - Live at the Royal Albert Hall
A new 'Ceremonial Music' page has been added to Shane's website. Here you can find everything you need to know about performances at weddings, funerals, graduations etc. Shane has also added a new recording of the first movement of Albinoni's Concerto in D Minor (originally for oboe). This version is performed on the piccolo trumpet, accompanied by Oliver King on the organ. Please go to the 'Listen' page to hear this and many other recordings.
Click on the link to watch a video of Shane performing 'Hit' by Shiva Feshareki in London's Vibe Bar, Brick Lane. Hit - Shiva Feshareki
On 23rd June, Shane performed at Cambridge University with Triumph Brass at the Honorary Degree Ceremony. Among the illustrious figures who recieved honorary degrees from the university were theatre director Sir Trevor Nunn, the university's former Vice-Chancellor Dame Alison Richard and conductor Sir Colin Davies. This event also marked Prince Philip's final engagement as Chancellor.
Shane is currently on tour with Russell Watson, who is being supported by the rising star Mary-Jess. For more information about her and her music, please visit www.mary-jess.com
Shane is delighted to have been invited to play on Russell Watson's forthcoming UK tour. Please visit www.russell-watson.com for more information and tickets.
Shane has recently come back from Germany where he was on tour with The WestEnders and the German star - Angelika Milster
Shane recently recorded some music for a new computer game, composed by Christopher Chong. Click on the link to have a listen! www.majorc.co.uk
Shane recently performed as guest principal trumpet with Britten Sinfonia in a production of Stravinsky's Renard at Glyndebourne. Click on the link to find out more! www.glyndebourne.com
9 July 2010
On Friday 9 July, Shane graduated from The Royal College of Music. He was also awarded the Herbert Samuel Memorial Prize for Trumpet.
21 April 2010
On Wednesday 21 April, Shane performed with Triumph Brass in a special appearance on BBC 1's primetime television show "The One Show". Click on the link to view the performances! www.rcm.ac.uk
Shane Brennan's new website is online! Please feel free to browse through the repertoire, biography and concert diary.