New route to inspire young people in the Midlands — 4barsrest

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The Warwickshire & Coventry Youth Brass Course will aim to inspire the next generation of young brass band talent.

Brass Bands England’s Brass Foundations initiative supports Warwickshire Music and local brass bands to establish the Warwickshire & Coventry Youth Brass Course.

Led by Music Director Simon Hogg, the free event takes place on July 17 at the Warwick Corps of Drums HQ in Warwick and hopes to provide a much-needed platform for young brass players in the region.

Simon is a founding member of the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble and is currently Director of Music (Performance) at the Warwick School and leads the University of Warwick Brass Band.

Luke Barker, the Flowers Band’s award-winning cornet player, is also part of the initiative.

The former solo cornet of Britain’s National Youth Brass Band also won the Geneva Heritage Cornet International Slow Melody Competition in 2021 and subsequently became a Geneva Youth Ambassador.

Revitalization

Speaking about the event, Sarah Baumann, Education Development Manager for Brass Bands England, said: “BBE are delighted to contribute to this project which has seen a fantastic collaboration between Warwickshire Music Hub and local bands to unite to support the revitalization of brass in the Region.”

In response, Richard Hart, of Warwickshire Music, commented: “As a brass player and new head of the Warwickshire Music Service & Music Hub, raising the profile and engagement in brass playing across Warwickshire is the one of my top priorities.”

Opportunities

He added: “Working with Brass Bands England has been a great way to form Warwickshire Youth Brass, whose first course will be launched this summer.

We hope this new collaboration will lead to a steady and growing series of Youth Brass opportunities for players of all ages and stages across Warwickshire over the months and years to come.”

Learn more

To find out more and reserve a free spot, email: [email protected]

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