Twelve months ago, we brought you the unique experience of 70 musicians from 8 local bands who came together for one weekend to make friends and to make music. The success of Big and Brassy was beyond our wildest dreams. Our primary objective was to have fun and enjoy some challenging music. Mission accomplished! We also wanted to give back to our community and were proud to be able to donate £2456.22 to Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care as a result of the concert.
The idea grew from a joint concert given by two of the bands here today, and from weekend workshops with the Royal British Legion bands. It struck us that there were many smaller local non-competing brass bands who would not otherwise have the opportunity to play more demanding music in a major concert hall. And so the seeds were planted.
The concert itself was a huge success and that success has followed the bands throughout the year. Contacts were made over the weekend which meant that no band would go short of players if they called upon their new colleagues for help. It has been a pleasure to see how our bands have supported each other and become a true band ‘family’ all because of Big and Brassy. The eight bands are returning this year and we are bigger and brassier than ever, now numbering almost 80 on stage!
For 2018, the Big and Brassy Team have chosen to support Parkside and Step by Step as our local charities. The Tenovus Sing With Us choirs Sutton and Guildford are performing again and will also benefit from your donations. Please help us by donating whatever you can at the end of the concert. Raffle tickets are also on sale.
We are delighted to welcome Alan Fernie as our guest soloist. Alan is a household name in the banding world, having composed and arranged much of the music that we play. He comes to us today straight from teaching in Kampala with our final charity, Brass for Africa. When we approached the charity and asked what they needed most, we were told that many instruments are donated without mouthpieces. We, therefore, also organised to collect unwanted mouthpieces over the last few months and have a good selection to pass on today.