Brass for Africa - A Musical Spectacular
'Taking charity concerts to another level'
The 'Brass for Africa - A Musical Spectacular' concert series began in November 2009 as a result of a trip to Zambia involving a group of Salvationists. The first concert helped to raise money to finance the trip and support various projects in the southern African country. After the trip, two projects were identified which were in particular need of financial support - Chikankata Hospital and John Laing Clinic and School. The second concert raised over £5,000 for these two projects, and the third for the GRACE Project, helping support a school in Ghana. In total the Brass for Africa project has raised close to £12,000.
The concept of the project, which is coordinated by Andrew Wainwright, is to bring together the finest brass musicians from across the UK and Europe to play in the 'all-star group', the Brass Band Aid Celebrity Band. The band is largely made up of principal players from groups such as Black Dyke Band, Cory Band, Foden's Band, Grimethorpe Band and The International Staff Band, as well as the London Symphony Orchestra. Also featured are world-renowned brass and vocal soloists. Concerts have featured 'Britain's Got Talent' stars Charlie Green and Faryl Smith, former BBC Radio 2 'Choirgirl of the Year' Lucy Rhodes and brass stars Philip Cobb (cornet/trumpet), Ben Godfrey (cornet/trumpet), Zoe Hancock and Helen Williams (flugel horn), Owen Farr (tenor horn), David Childs, David Thornton, Glyn Williams, Derick Kane, Glenn van Looy and Matt White (euphonioum), Katrina Marzella (baritone), Brett Baker and Chris Thomas (trombone) and Les Neish and Steve Sykes (tuba).
A CD of the second concert was produced, which is available from www.chorum.co.uk for £10. Proceeds will go towards the work of Chikankata Hospital and John Laing Clinic and School. A CD of the third concert is also available from this website in the Shop section.