For more than 25 years Tubalaté has been one of the UK’s leading professional brass
ensembles. The first ever tuba-euphonium ensemble to graduate, and be awarded the
prestigious Professional Performance Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music,
Tubalaté has been at the forefront 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 and generating a
repertoire that is innovative and unique.
Formed in 1991, the ensemble regularly performed for ‘Live Music Now!’, a UK-wide
initiative founded by Sir Yehudi Menuhin, designed to take music to all parts of the
community, including schools, special educational needs settings, prisons, care homes and
hospitals. Several seasons at Legoland, Windsor enabled the group to hone their skills and
create programmes suitable for all ages! Tubalaté has developed several highly successful
education programmes ranging from the inter-active ‘Music in Motion’, the group’s own version of
The Carnival of the Animals entitled “I saw a Snake” , the compositional based “4Chords” and
Tubalaté MASH – a workshop designed to develop areas of the literacy syllabus. The
ensemble have also commissioned a concerto grosso, for Tubalaté, children’s choir, community
ensemble and electronic media entitled “The Origins of Fire” by the artist, composer and writer,
Michael Szpakowski. Tubalaté continue to encourage educational projects, working in
collaboration with organisations such as the Society for the Promotion of New Music
(SPNM). The quartet also work as tutors and directors with the annual DMC ‘Music Mania’
Tubalaté travel worldwide, playing to audiences in Russia, Latvia and the USA, as well as
throughout Europe. The ensemble has also performed at many of the UK’s leading venues,
including the South Bank, the Barbican, the Waterfront Hall (Belfast), the Bridgewater Hall,
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.
The ensemble has given masterclasses at major music conservatoires including the Royal
Northern College of Music, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, the Welsh College of
Music and Drama and the St Petersburg Conservatoire (Russia), Riga Conservatoire (Latvia)
and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Hungary).