Harlequin Brass



Harlequin Brass has gained respect throughout the country and further afield with its commitment to musical excellence as well as variety and entertainment.



The quality of the ensemble has been widely recognised with regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4, Classic FM and even on National Television including an appearance on BBC Television's 'Songs of Praise" and in the Morrison's Christmas advertising campaign for two years running. The ensemble also has the honour of being the first British Brass Ensemble to perform in the world famous Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. They have performed with many choirs from Sheffield Cathedral Choir to some of the biggest names in gospel, the LCGC and ACM choirs.


Harlequin Brass received the award of 'Record of the Year' from

Classic FM Magazine for their second CD 'Music for a Millennium'


A Concert from Harlequin Brass can take you through the ages of Classical Music, Ragtime, Blues, Jazz and Popular Music, and across the seas to the music of France and Spain, or even to Mexico and Argentina.


We can accompany your choir in John Rutters “Gloria”, Carl Jenkins “Armed Man” or any other music for Brass and Voices, or your Christmas concert. Our in house house arranger can adapt music to suit your requirements for other repertoire.




  • Early and Classical Music


    Music for the Royal Fireworks - G F Handel

    Water Music - G F Handel

    Slavonic Dance no 8 - Dvorak

    Suite from Carmen - Bizet

    Selection of Gabrielli Canzons

    Suite from Abdelazer – Henry Purcell

    Symphony No 4 - William Boyce



    Fanfare for the Common Man - Copland

    Festmusick Der Stadt Wien - Richard Strauss

    Fanfare from La Peri - Paul Dukas

    Fanfare from Sinfonietta - Janacek

    Harlequin Brass @ Halifax Library Theatre

  • Choral Work


    Harlequin Brass specialises in working with Choirs. From Chamber to Symphonic, Gospel to Male Voice, local to International.

    The group has worked with some of the best choirs around the country including including performing as part of the Sheffield International Music Season, and working with the LGCM and ACM gospel choirs.

    We have received a  reputation  as experts in many  of the Choral/Brass Standards including:


    Gloria - John Rutter

    Magnificat - Paul Patterson

    I Was Glad - Parry

    Magnificat - Jonathan Willcocks

    David Willcocks Carol's & Fanfares.


    We also have a substantial back catalogue of specially arranged brass accompaniments to popular  choral works including christmas selections.

    Harlequin Brass in Rehearsal with Amsterdam Grootkoor

  • Jazz/Big Band

    Caravan - Duke Ellington

    Spain - Chick Korea

    Weep No More - Dave Brubeck

    The Duke - Dave Brubeck

    Blue Rondo A La Turk - Dave Brubeck

    The Way You Look Tonight - Jerome Kern

    I Only Have Eyes for You  - Dubin/Warren

    Granada - Agustin Lara


    Harlequin Brass Trombones

    @ Halifax Square Chapel

  • Weddings

    Harlequin Brass can provide the perfect setting for your wedding, providing music for your Processional, Recessional and signing of the Registry. The following are some examples of the choices available for your special occasion.


    Prelude from Te Deum - Charpentier

    La Rejuissance (Music for the Royal Fireworks) - G F Handel

    Trumpet Voluntary (Prince of Denmark's March)- Jeremiah Clarke

    Bridal Chorus - Wagner

    Trumpet Tune - Purcell

    Wedding March (A midsummer Night's Dream) - Mendlssohn

    Water Music - G F Handel

    Canon in D - Pachelbel


    We can also provide a selection of music for your drink's reception.

    This can be tailored to your requirements featuring classical,

    light background, jazz or popular music.

    Harlequin Brass @ the wedding of Jamie & Adele Ashton


Jack Capstaff

Musical Director

Jack Capstaff is a conductor and composer of a wide variety of musical genres and ensembles. Having studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the likes of Peter Reynolds, Dr. Robert Spearing and Michael McCartney for composition and Dr. John Traill for conducting in the contemporary music department, Jack’s specialism lies in the creation and performance of contemporary repertoire but firmly believes in the use of skills transferable from this endeavour to that of more classical rep and beyond.


Now back living in Yorkshire, as well as some freelance orchestral conducting and teaching work, Jack now holds two conducting residencies; one with the South Yorkshire Police Band and the other with Harlequin Brass.


As a composer, Jack has had the opportunity to write commissions for some excellent, and varied, ensembles from Solo to Symphony Orchestra, such as Black Diamonds, which was commissioned for an anniversary concert by Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Brass Band, and Fahla, commissioned by Sinfonia Newydd in collaboration with Artes Mundi and premiered in the National Museum of Wales.



Brian Winter


Steve Scarff


Bill Houghton


Mathew Knowles



Richard Walker

Tenor Trombone

Claire Stretton

Tenor Trombone

Andrew Knowles

Tenor Trombone

Richard Dixon

Bass Trombone

Rachel Wilkes

French Horn

Colin Sidney



Please contact us if you'd like more information on Harlequin Brass. Including booking the group, enquiries on upcoming events, or to discuss extended repertoire and anything else. You can either contact us using the form below, e-mail mail@harlequinbrass.co.uk, or phone 07825 610319

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