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'Brass Bands - An Undervalued Social Community Art'.

'Brass Bands - An Undervalued Social Community Art'.



A talk given by Emma Thurlby at Ignite Liverpool 15th April 2010

A talk given by Emma Thurlby at Ignite Liverpool 15th April 2010



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    • Brass Bands
      • An Undervalued Social Community Art.
    • Associated with industry and provided a social activity for workers to get involved in.
      • In the early 20th century it was ‘estimated that there were 20,000 brass bands in the UK.’
    • The bandstand became popular during the Victorian era which is typically associated with the British brass band. The famous bandstand on the sea front at Eastbourne.
      • This continued and the UK has seen a dramatic decrease in Brass Bands as a result, and through lack of funding and support.
      During the 80’s Brass Bands as part of industry took a hit with pit closures and strikes.
      • Sue Perkins presented the show and raised some interesting points about how Brass Bands are perceived in the UK.
      A Band for Britain - Dinnington Colliery Band
    • http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7217670.stm “ MP, Jeff Ennis claims that for every £1 given to brass bands, opera receives £1,113.”
      • http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7217670.stm
      “ In the last five years, grants body, Arts Council England has given £987,000 to brass bands.” “ During the same period, funding for opera totaled nearly £160m. In addition, the Royal Opera House was given more than £116m to promote ballet and opera.”
      • And can be found in many different countries.
      Brass Bands help to meet a lot of local authority targets such as social cohesion
    • Many rural areas rely on Brass Bands to provide musical entertainment for community events at a reasonable price.
      • Can bring communities together and provide them with a project locally to support and have an invested interest in.
    • Many community bands have junior bands which help to create new players.
      • Help children to develop valuable social, cognitive and physical skills.
    • New Vetting and Barring scheme could have a serious effect on voluntary organisations teaching children.
      • Community bands also offer free tuition and instruments to children and adults wanting to learn.
    • Boobs and Brass, an all female brass band was started in 2006 for a ‘one off’ concert to raise money for Breast Cancer Research.
      • The first concert raised £5000 and had a fantastic response from the female members from the brass band community.
    • Following initial success the band has continued to grow in success and size.
      • Since the initial concert the band has gained over 50 members and raised over £56,000.
    • Due to the unique concept of the band they have been given many fantastic opportunities.
      • In 2009 the band received an ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ from Breast Cancer Research.
    • In 2010 the band hosted several events as part of the The Butlins Mineworkers National Open Brass Band Festival.
      • One event, ‘The Boob Blow’ saw 400 men and women pay £2 to be able to play 3 pieces with the band.
    • At the same event the band presented a cheque for £15,000 to Breast Cancer Research and raised a further £7000 through merchandise and other activities.
      • Also they performed a concert with a host of star musicians to an estimated audience of 1000 professional and armature Brass Banders.
    • Thank You for Listening .
      • For any more information on Boobs and Brass or any other points in this presentation please contact me at E.Thurlby09@lipa.ac.uk.