Ellington Colliery Band introduces young people to the joys and benefits of playing brass instruments
BlueSpark provided funding support for Ellington Colliery Band in Morpeth, Northumberland to introduce young people to the joys and benefits of playing brass instruments in a group. The project began with a day of high quality music activities led by a youth development brass specialist from Brass Bands England supported by professional brass musicians and volunteer members of Ellington Colliery Band. This was followed by weekly tuition and rehearsal and performance opportunities. The project gave the participants experience of playing in a group and the opportunity to develop new skills both music and non-music related, including working as a team, building self-confidence and supporting mental health and well-being.