Brass players from all schools across Milton Keynes were invited to attend free workshops led by popular London based band - Bollywood Brass and then join them on-stage at a concert in the evening.
The workshops were held during the day at Ousedale, Shenley Brook End and Stantonbury secondary schools with the concert taking place at The Chrysalis Theatre in Willen.
The event was a huge success; many of the pupils had never played in a group before, let alone with professional musicians, and a significant number of parents have since contacted Community Learning MK’s music faculty wanting to sign their children up to music centre groups.
One parent said: “What an excellent evening! The Youth Brass sounded great and Bollywood Brass were amazing and so inspirational.
“We had our 12-year-old son (a cellist) with us who enjoyed the evening immensely and our little 8-year-old was absolutely enthralled too!”
David Rose, Vice Principal of Community Learning MK was pleased to see students immerse themselves in another musical culture: “It was a fantastic evening for all the young brass players who attended.
“Bollywood music is one of the most popular types of music in the world and it was great to see the students learning something new and exciting at the workshops and then be able to join Bollywood Brass on-stage at the concert that took place afterwards. Lots of people were dancing and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening.”
The event also allowed Community Learning MK’s music faculty to form links with Bollywood Brass who will be coming to work with a group of music teachers in the future on developing this particular style of brass playing and providing brand new resources to facilitate the creation of a new ‘Bollywood Brass’ programme in primary schools in September.
It is anticipated that 200 young people will be taking up brass lessons for the first time, inspired by this highly infectious music.
This event is just one of many music education projects from Community Learning MK.
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