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."
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.
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.
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."