We are extremely excited to announce our Summer Brass Academy at Services for Education.

From Monday 24th to Friday 28th May, the brass department will be hosting a week to inspire the young brass players of Birmingham in schools, online and on social media.

Get involved by engaging with some of the events outlined below and don’t forget to use the hashtag #sfebrass on social media!

ADDAMS FAMILY RIFF

Using this brilliant, differentiated resource, why not learn one of the versions, record yourself playing it and upload it to your preferred social media platform? The brass team will be teaching it to all their students across the week, so hopefully we will be able to fill social media with this fun classic! Make sure you add #sfebrass to become part of the conversation.

ONLINE WORKSHOPS

These are the most traditional elements of our week and will be aimed at students grade 2 standard and up but open to anyone to attend. We have managed to get four major guests to work with us so it is an opportunity not to be missed.

The workshops will include performances, interviews, coaching and student Q and A. They will be happening on the Teams Live format and will feature selected students working live with our guests. The schedule for the week is below:

1. FRENCH HORN WORKSHOP

Monday 24th May : 6pm

With special guest Jacob Bagby – Orchestral Horn Player

2. TRUMPET AND CORNET WORKSHOP

Tuesday 25th May : 6pm

With special guest Richard Marshall – Principle Cornet of the world famous Black Dyke Brass Band

3. TROMBONE WORKSHOP

Wednesday 26th May : 6pm

With special guest Amos Miller – Orchestral and Chamber player, Head of Brass at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

4. BELLS UP WORKSHOP

FOR TENOR HORNS, EUPHONIUMS, BARITONES AND TUBAS

Thursday 27th May : 5.30pm

With special guest David Childs – World renowned Euphonium Soloist and teacher

To be able to watch these exciting events you can sign up using our ensembles portal here using the Central Ensembles Departmental Events option.

ONLINE WORKSHOPS

These are the most traditional elements of our week and will be aimed at students grade 2 standard and up but open to anyone to attend. We have managed to get four major guests to work with us so it is an opportunity not to be missed.

The workshops will include performances, interviews, coaching and student Q and A. They will be happening on the Teams Live format and will feature selected students working live with our guests. The schedule for the week is below:

1. FRENCH HORN WORKSHOP

Monday 24th May : 6pm

With special guest Jacob Bagby – Orchestral Horn Player

2. TRUMPET AND CORNET WORKSHOP

Tuesday 25th May : 6pm

With special guest Richard Marshall – Principle Cornet of the world famous Black Dyke Brass Band

3. TROMBONE WORKSHOP

Wednesday 26th May : 6pm

With special guest Amos Miller – Orchestral and Chamber player, Head of Brass at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

4. BELLS UP WORKSHOP

FOR TENOR HORNS, EUPHONIUMS, BARITONES AND TUBAS

Thursday 27th May : 5.30pm

With special guest David Childs – World renowned Euphonium Soloist and teacher

To be able to watch these exciting events you can sign up using our ensembles portal here using the Central Ensembles Departmental Events option.

SCHOOL BASED RESOURCES

We have a wide selection of new resources for students to engage with throughout the week. These include:

  • Improvisation supporting resources
  • Warm ups
  • New pop tune arrangements
  • Technical challenges
  • Play along videos
  • Inspirational videos focusing on instruments, ensembles and SFE progression routes

There is something for every student, just talk to your SFE teacher about what is available and keep you eyes open for accompanying play along videos over the next half term.

trumpets playing

SOLOIST SHOWCASE

Across the week we are going to release as many short solo performance videos directly onto social media as we can of students, staff and our invited guests.

Look out for the daily videos on our social media channels and watch the performances via our blog page here.

WEBINARS FROM LUDO

Ludo, a former member of our ensemble system and current 4th year student at the RNCM, has been putting together a collection of videos aimed at young brass players from beginner to advanced to help them with their technical development.

These are an excellent resource and we will be highlighting these across our social media platforms in the build up and during the Brass Academy Week so keep an eye out!

CAN YOU SUPPORT SERVICES FOR EDUCATION?

At Services For Education, we know that music changes lives.

By providing our music ensembles and many of our music lessons for free, we ensure that children in Birmingham have the opportunity to learn a new instrument, to feel socially connected and to find and share a passion and skill with others, no matter what their background is.

We love what we do, but to keep our ensembles and events like the Summer Brass Academy going, we need your support.

Make a donation today and help us support more children in Birmingham.

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