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'Brass Bands - An Undervalued Social Community Art'.


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

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'Brass Bands - An Undervalued Social Community Art'.

  1. 1. Brass Bands <ul><li>An Undervalued Social Community Art. </li></ul>
  2. 3. Associated with industry and provided a social activity for workers to get involved in. <ul><li>In the early 20th century it was ‘estimated that there were 20,000 brass bands in the UK.’ </li></ul>
  3. 4. 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.
  4. 5. <ul><li>This continued and the UK has seen a dramatic decrease in Brass Bands as a result, and through lack of funding and support. </li></ul>During the 80’s Brass Bands as part of industry took a hit with pit closures and strikes.
  5. 6. <ul><li>Sue Perkins presented the show and raised some interesting points about how Brass Bands are perceived in the UK. </li></ul>A Band for Britain - Dinnington Colliery Band
  6. 7. “ MP, Jeff Ennis claims that for every £1 given to brass bands, opera receives £1,113.”
  7. 8. <ul><li> </li></ul>“ 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.”
  8. 9. <ul><li>And can be found in many different countries. </li></ul>Brass Bands help to meet a lot of local authority targets such as social cohesion
  9. 10. Many rural areas rely on Brass Bands to provide musical entertainment for community events at a reasonable price. <ul><li>Can bring communities together and provide them with a project locally to support and have an invested interest in. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Many community bands have junior bands which help to create new players. <ul><li>Help children to develop valuable social, cognitive and physical skills. </li></ul>
  11. 12. New Vetting and Barring scheme could have a serious effect on voluntary organisations teaching children. <ul><li>Community bands also offer free tuition and instruments to children and adults wanting to learn. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Boobs and Brass, an all female brass band was started in 2006 for a ‘one off’ concert to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. <ul><li>The first concert raised £5000 and had a fantastic response from the female members from the brass band community. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Following initial success the band has continued to grow in success and size. <ul><li>Since the initial concert the band has gained over 50 members and raised over £56,000. </li></ul>
  14. 15. Due to the unique concept of the band they have been given many fantastic opportunities. <ul><li>In 2009 the band received an ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ from Breast Cancer Research. </li></ul>
  15. 17. In 2010 the band hosted several events as part of the The Butlins Mineworkers National Open Brass Band Festival. <ul><li>One event, ‘The Boob Blow’ saw 400 men and women pay £2 to be able to play 3 pieces with the band. </li></ul>
  16. 18. 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. <ul><li>Also they performed a concert with a host of star musicians to an estimated audience of 1000 professional and armature Brass Banders. </li></ul>
  17. 20. Thank You for Listening . <ul><li>For any more information on Boobs and Brass or any other points in this presentation please contact me at </li></ul>