Mu­sic Hub’s top brass do­na­tion

Coun­cil depart­ment sends bro­ken in­stru­ments to re­pair work­shop

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HILLINGDON Coun­cil’s Mu­sic Hub has do­nated more than 90 old in­stru­ments to Brass for Africa, a char­ity that works with dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren in Uganda and Liberia.

Al­though it is not eco­nom­i­cally vi­able to re­pair the coun­cil’s old but func­tion­ing brass in­stru­ments here in the UK, the Brass For Africa project was very keen to take them.

The char­ity helped set up Uganda’s only in­stru­ment re­pair work­shop, train­ing lo­cal chil­dren and equip­ping them with the skills to re­pair and main­tain the in­stru­ments.

A num­ber of Brass for Africa’s trainees have gone on to work for other or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the Ugan­dan Mil­i­tary Band.

Dis­ad­van­taged and vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple, or­phans, ex-street chil­dren and refugees in Uganda and Liberia will also get the op­por­tu­nity to learn and per­form us­ing the in­stru­ments Hillingdon Coun­cil has do­nated.

Brass for Africa cur­rently sup­ports nine brass bands projects for chil­dren liv­ing in Ugan­dan or­phan­age homes.

Cllr David Sim­monds, cabi­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and chil­dren’s ser­vices, said: “Hillingdon Mu­sic Hub is glad of this op­por­tu­nity to help dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren in Uganda, by do­nat­ing these old brass in­stru­ments.

“We hope they will en­able chil­dren to play and cre­ate mu­sic and also give them the op­por­tu­nity to learn tech­ni­cal work­shop skills.”

Jim Trott, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at Brass for Africa, said: “The fan­tas­tic do­na­tion from Hillingdon Mu­sic Hub of over 90 used brass in­stru­ments is grate­fully re­ceived by us here at Brass for Africa.

“This is a hugely en­abling do­na­tion.

“Brass in­stru­ments are the lifeblood of our mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes and this sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tion will al­low us to pro­vide many ex­tremely dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren in Africa with the life chang­ing and en­hanc­ing op­por­tu­nity to learn and play mu­sic.”

Brass for Africa are now busy fundrais­ing to ship the in­stru­ments to Kam­pala in the very near fu­ture.

Go to the cam­paign page at http://uk.vir­gin­money­giv­ing. com/fund/brasstoafrica.

n DO­NA­TION: Robert Work­man, mu­si­cal in­stru­ment and in­ven­tory co­or­di­na­tor at Hillingdon Mu­sic Hub with the in­stru­ments

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