Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Thank you John Ellis and the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association!

Thank you so much to John Ellis and the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association for raising money for Favela Brass at their Christmas event at the Earl of Doncaster hotel on Sunday. We really appreciate the generosity of all who kindly contributed to the collection, which came to a total of £342 in the end!

It was wonderful to see the Jazz Association thriving, with band after band of talented youngsters playing to a packed auditorium. Congratulations to all involved and also to Dennis Rollins on his appointment as the new musical director of DYJO.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

British and Commonwealth Society Christmas Lunch

On Saturday afternoon Favela Brass played at the Christmas Lunch of the
British and Commonwealth Society of Rio de Janeiro. The children played excellently and the show was well received by the 170 guests present at the event.

As well as being a great day out for the children and opportunity to publicise the project, the BCS donated the funds raised from the event to Favela Brass. This money, combined with the further money that we raised by selling T-shirts at the event came to a total of R$5,680 - a great achievement and a much-appreciated boost to our finances as we enter the final phase of our preparations in the run-up to the Olympic period.

Thank you so much to the British and Commonwealth Society for inviting us to play at their Christmas lunch and for donating the proceeds of the event to us. We are also very grateful to BCS members Alison Correa, Victoria Staniforth and Anna Whyte for coming to visit our lessons in the favela in the run up to the event. Happy holidays to you all from everyone at Favela Brass!

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Olympic Demo Video

Today Favela Brass submitted our application to play on the cultural stages that will be set up around Rio de Janeiro during the Olympic period. In support of that application we put together the following demo, showing the various rhythms and styles that the children can play:

Fingers crossed!

Friday, 4 December 2015

Teesside University School of Science & Engineering Donation

A big thank you to Dr. Paul W Shelton, Assistant Dean of Student Engagement, Employability & Business Partnerships, and his students at the School of Science & Engineering of Teesside University​, who have donated the proceeds of their Enterprise Week fundraising activities to Favela Brass and the Ichthyosis Support Group​.

We are very grateful for their donation of £550, which will go a long way to helping us to continue our activities. Here is the video that the students produced to promote their on-campus coffee delivery service: t' u!

Thank you ever so much guys!!