UniBrass Band Camp awarded extra Funding

The UniBrass foundation will benefit from new funding sources to help its Band Camp this summer. Band Camp is an exciting new playing and social experience for young musicians aged 18-25.  The new summer school has received a grant of £14,980 from Arts Council England as well as an additional £981 from Ecclesfield Parish Council, the local council for the course accommodation.

This year's 5-night course near Sheffield will run from Wednesday 25th — Monday 30th August and is open to any brass or percussion player aged 18-25 (including school leavers, university students, or those not at university), as well as anyone over 25 currently in higher education. Band Camp will involve a mixture of full band rehearsals, sectionals, workshops, and performances, with other guest artists to be announced soon. The new sources of income will allow organisers to enhance the musical tutoring included in the course and incorporate several workshop opportunities into the programme.

Along with Musical Director David Thornton, tutors have been confirmed as Steve Jones (Cory), Brett Baker (Black Dyke), Sam Fisher, and BBE Brass Foundations specialists Helen Minshall, Paul McLaughlin and Sheila Allen. Performance opportunities include a concert at Sheffield Cathedral, and outdoor events at Sheffield's bustling Barkers Pool Square and Hathersage's beautiful 1930s outdoor swimming pool. The programme will also include a world premiere of a new work, entitled 'Revolution' by John Frith.

UniBrass trustee Alex parker stated, "We have been really pleased with the popularity of Band Camp, with over 30 participants already signed up. Now that we have received this financial boost, we will be able to make it an event to really remember."

Based at Hesley Wood Scout Activity Centre, Chapeltown, near Sheffield, participants will stay in bunkhouse dormitory style accommodation or have the option to camp if they prefer. The course will cost £160 (camping) or £190 (bunkhouse) with most meals being provided. Payment can be made in instalments or as one lump sum.

UniBrass and event partners Brass Bands England are constantly monitoring the Covid-19 situation and working within all guidelines. Registration for the event will close on Sunday 25th July or when final places have been allocated.

Further information is available at: https://www.bbe.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=136&reset=1


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