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Derwent continues support for high profile Brass for Africa appearances

A Brass for Africa Teaching Team is in the UK to perform alongside the great Wynton Marsalis in Cheltenham — and is being supported by members of Derwent Brass.

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  The Brass for Africa Teaching Team is in the UK for a short, high profile tour

Derwent Brass continues to be a leading supporting of the 'Brass for Africa' Charity — not just as an important information outlet but also in helping promote the latest initiatives for the ground breaking organisation.

Teaching Team

Members of the band recently met up with the Brass for Africa Teaching Team who are in the UK for a whirlwind fortnight of first-class music making.

They set off from Uganda's Entebbe Airport in the early hours of Monday morning, arriving in time for a sell-out appearance at the world famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London alongside the charity's patron's Alison Balsom and Guy Barker.

The ensemble is now spending time with musicians from the British Army before taking up a 9-day residency at the Cheltenham Music Festival, culminating in a performance with Wynton Marsalis on July 13th, as Festival Director Alison Balsom highlighted.

Residency

"The 2019 Music Festival marks its 75th anniversary, and we celebrate this with major world premieres, world-leading ensembles and Festival debuts. We welcome back much-loved regulars and encourage all to come and explore a whole host of unique events only to be heard in Cheltenham this summer!"

The headline appearance of Wynton Marsalis with his quartet has created a huge amount of media interest, with the concert featuring a project that sees young brass players from Gloucestershire Music Service joining forces with their counterpart ambassadors invited to Cheltenham to represent Brass for Africa for what promises to be a truly memorable evening.

He is a huge advocate of musical tuition and seeing this come to life in his support for Brass for Africa at Cheltenham adds an extremely important milestone in the charity's already impressive historyRob Stew

High profile

Speaking to 4BR, Brass for Africa Coordinator for UK Brass Band Engagement, Rob Stew, told 4BR: "It's great that Brass for Africa continues to gain such profile high levels of interest and support.

Derwent continues to fly the flag for a great cause, and everyone is looking forward to the performances this week, cheering them on and ultimately seeing them perform alongside Wynton Marsalis.

He is a huge advocate of musical tuition and seeing this come to life in his support for Brass for Africa at Cheltenham adds an extremely important milestone in the charity's already impressive history."

Tickets for the festival are available at: www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/­music/­whats-on/­2019/­wynton-marsalis-in-concert

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