Brassy Tarts - from absolute beginners to Royal Albert Hall

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:43:00 BST

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Second year Music student Kyle Blake has been running a project with the Women’s Institute (WI) here in Huddersfield. Kyle asked the WI if any of the members wanted to learn to play a brass instrument, so that they could then take part in a "Military Wives" style brass project. Kyle and the President of the WI were already good friends so Kyle knew what the WI were all about – “The reason I contacted them was because I knew the organisation was about women getting together and learning something new."

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Together, they came up with the name Brassy Tarts - Tea and Tarts Beginners Brass Band. To celebrate the WI's 100 year Anniversary, they’ve set themselves the challenge of going from beginners to a coherent band, culminating in a mass performance at the AGM in June. They have just 17 weeks to learn a brass instrument and to play in a brass band.

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The AGM at the Royal Albert Hall, and the 15-minute performance will include the WI anthem, Jerusalem, a hymn, a march and something contemporary - probably Happy by Pharrell Williams. The band started their lessons back in February and are now beginning rehearsals of the music, with Kyle organising the arrangements and rehearsals.

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After the performance, Kyle hopes that the brass band will continue – “Some of the members are already looking into buying their own instruments. One of the women is good friends with Cerys Matthews ,host of BBC Radio 6 Music and manages The Good Life Festival, and Brassy Tarts have already been booked to play at the festival in September."

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