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Come & Play: A Brass Instrument, Sunday 1 February 2015

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On Sunday 1 February 2015, the National Centre for Early Music reverberated with the warm, resonant sounds of brass. As part of the 2015 York Residents Festival, Brassed On York invited members of the public into the wonderful world of the brass band through hands-on lessons and the chance to hear two talented ensembles in performance, York RI Golden Rail Band and York RI Golden Rail Development Band.

During the morning, directors and members of the York Railway Institute Bands, surrounded by a multitude of instruments, enabled nearly 50 people to have an exciting, new musical experience through individual and group lessons. Some who attended were seasoned brass players, trying out a new instrument for the first time. Others had once dabbled in brass playing many years ago and came to refresh their skills and boost their motivation. For some, this was the very first experience of playing a musical instrument, which made a powerful impression and sparked enthusiasm to continue developing musical skills:
  • "I want to join the band now - I have to do this again!"
  • "I didn't think I would be able to make a sound but I could. I want to choose my favourite instrument and learn it."
  • "Everyone was so supportive and made me feel like 'I can do this'!"
These inspiring lessons were followed at 2.30pm by A Young Person's Guide to the Brass Band, a family-friendly concert showcasing the instruments of the brass band, which included a chance for the beginners from the morning lessons to play as part of an established brass band. The afternoon concluded with another chance for audience members to meet the bands and have a go on brass instruments in an informal setting.

For more information on local brass band opportunities, please contact Brassed On York .