Band to blow its own trumpet

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experienced brass band professionals are showing budding musicians how it’s done - thanks to a £10,000 scheme funded by the Arts Council in part of North Derbyshire.

Bolsover Council has received the grant to help develop its popular brass band and arts programmes.

Funding will provide support over the next two years to develop the brass band summer school by providing top-class professional musicians to direct and tutor students taking part.

The funding will also help develop the established brass band entertainment festival, and pay for two brass band music commissions that will reflect the district’s heritage.

World-renowned brass composers Paul Sharman and Philip Sparke have been chosen for the projects.

Coun Ann Syrett, Bolsover Council’s cabinet member for social inclusion, said: “We have a rich heritage and tradition of brass music and this funding will help us continue to develop this passion.

“Our brass band programmes are very popular and, by expanding and improving upon what we already do, we will be able to offer the participants and audiences a better all-round experience.”

Bolsover is working with neighbouring councils to create a ‘Derbyshire music hub’ - including a £3 million scheme to offer free music and singing tuition in schools.