Woodhorn comes alive to the sound of brass

Woodhorn Museum in Ashington has played host to some of the county’s finest musicians at the latest ‘Brass is Back’ event.

The open air performance featured 400 children from across the Bedlington and Ashington school partnerships, celebrating the work that has taken place in the local schools during a three year brass regeneration project.

Through funding received from Youth Music, Music Partnership North has created 13 school based mini brass bands and through the life of the project students have received weekly tuition on cornets, trombones, baritones and tenor horns.  

Over the last fews months, the students have been visiting Woodhorn Museum to learn about the heritage of brass bands and how integral they were to the mining communities. 

Councillor Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council, said: “Music Partnership North is a fantastic opportunity for local students to get creative. The project uses music to help develop individuals to reach their full potential.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who has taken part and hope that the students continue to progress and develop their skills within this brilliant project.”

Northumberland County Council is the lead organisation within the hub but the project works jointly with Newcastle Music Service and Sage Gateshead to provide a quality range of musical activities and tuition to inspire children and young people from all backgrounds and circumstances.

Music Partnership North looks to engage with all Northumberland schools through a variety of different ways. They work closely with other organisations to ensure that the project provides tuition and advice of the highest quality and best value.
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