Building a Big Band

I’ve been involved in a project this year which has been incredibly moving and rewarding. In July this year Clare Teal, myself and the BBC 2 Radio Leeds team set about building a big band from the community based in Yorkshire. We had no idea what to expect or if any one would come, but come they did, about 200 of them! From this we cut it down to a core band and some extra sections, and began making a concert for them.  With the support of some great artist such as Olly Murs , Gregory Porter and of course Clare Teal we began rehearsals in October for a Grand Concert at the end of the month. What transpired with in this time was truly inspirational. A collective of musicians spanning 3 generations all coming together for the love of music.  The development of this band as an ensemble was incredible and the concert was a Huge Success. The concert will be broadcast on Friday 16th of November for Children in Need on BBC Radio 2 but here’s a sneak preview from the concert. Can’t wait to do this again!!

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