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Aeris Brass to inaugurate new Kilbride outdoor performance space

Updated: Jul 19, 2021

Oban Music Society and Friends of Kilbride are excited to welcome award winning trombone quartet Aeris Brass for a concert in the newly renovated outdoor performance space at Historic Kilbride.

Ian Sankey, Martin Thomson, Ali Goodwin, and Adam Crighton form Aeris Brass.

The concert is presented as a double celebration by Friends of Kilbride and the Oban Music Society first, of the successful completion of Phase 3 of the renovation of the ruined Kirk; and secondly of the return of public concerts to Oban as the pandemic recedes.

Seating will be within the Kirk at 1m social distance between households, or around the churchyard for those who prefer to have more space. Both options offer full appreciation of the event, as the musicians will be performing from a variety of situations within the grounds.

As well as giving the opportunity to hear a wide range of entertaining music, the event will showcase the transformation which has been effected to Historic Kilbride during lockdown, thanks to a generous grant from the Historic Environment Recovery Fund. Refreshments will be available. Funding for the concert has been generously provided by the Chamber Music Scotland Recovery Fund.

Aeris Brass formed in 2015 as a result of a desire to make music with friends and to take that music to places they loved. This has led to the group performing across the UK, Sweden, and San Marino - Performing at festivals such as the San Marino New Music Project, The Merchant city festival, Glasgow in collaboration with Surge Theatre Scotland, and more recently as part of the British Trombone Society Cyber Fest. They were

delighted to win the British Trombone Society Quartet competition 2019.

Historic Kilbride's new performance space is the result of more than a year of work by volunteers, stonemasons and archaeologists, who cleared the kirk and session house of rubble, stabilised the walls and allowed the floor to be laid with gravel. The result is an attractive space in the picturesque setting of Kilbride, where concerts, weddings and other outdoor events may be held.

Tickets for the concert at £15 for churchyard seating and £20 for kirk seating. Social distancing measures are in place. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

The programme for the concert:

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