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BOLD AS will be performing at the Deal Festival 2017 on Monday 10th July 2017 at Nye Hall in Dover, together with performances by White Cliffs Symphonic Winds, Kent Symphonic Brass, Trinity Laban Brass and the BOLD AS Quintet.


BOLD AS BRASS CONCERTS FOR SCHOOLS & FAMILIES! Coming to Deal and Dover on 10th July...

On Monday 10th July 2017, the BOLD AS Quintet will do TWO concerts: one will take place in central Deal and one will take place in central Dover.

BOLD AS QUINTET Schools & Family Concert (DEAL)

Monday 10th July 2017

10.00am St George's Church, Deal


BOLD AS QUINTET Schools & Family Concert (DOVER)

Monday 10th July 2017

12.45pm Dover Town Hall


BOLD AS is now a proud partner with Warwick Music, who produce pTrumpets and pBones.


What is it?

Deal was the home to the Royal Marines before they moved after the IRA bombing and so has a long history of brass playing.  BOLD AS is an innovative project with children and young people, using the incredible brightly coloured award-winning plastic pTrumpets and pBones (Warwick Music). The project has been running for three years, and is led by some of the best brass players in the country including Tim Hayward (trumpeter in Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), Letty Stott (horn player with Covent Garden) and Phil White (trombone with Philharmonia Orchestra).

We work with four primary schools in Deal and Dover, and are beginning to work with secondary schools and local community brass bands to deliver the project. More than 100 children learn brass instruments every year, with more than 80 hours of musical activities including workshops with professional brass musicians (to support weekly whole class brass teaching), a digital programme of resources, schools’ / family concerts, and performances in-school and at public concerts.

East Kent was once host to coal mines and collieries, and still has some active brass bands from those communities. BOLD AS hopes to reignite this important link to our local banding heritage, by encouraging children and young people to pick up a brass instrument, have fun and begin a life long love of music.

We regularly evaluate the impact of BOLD AS; we have found that children’s engagement in the BOLD AS programme has led to improvement in behaviour and capacity to concentrate, marked improvement in confidence and very significant improvement in musical skills. It’s been very significant that some of the low achievers in class were high achievers in this project. In 2016, BOLD AS was shortlisted for a Music Teacher Excellence award.

Phil White, Musical Director of BOLD AS said, ‘Concentration, self-discipline, commitment, communication and confidence are transferable skills that as musicians we naturally learn and apply to all aspects of our lives.’ Through brass playing, the schoolchildren have begun to learn skills, beyond musicianship, that will stand them in excellent stead for the rest of their lives.


Who leads it?

Musical Director - Phil White

Professional Musician - Letty Stott

Professional Musician - Tim Hayward


How can I find out more or get involved?

BOLD AS is currently running in four primary schools:

  • Warden House Primary School
  • Sandown Primary School
  • Priory Fields Primary School
  • Northbourne Primary School

as well as extension work at Goodwin Academy.


If you have any questions or would like to book an additional brass school workshop in advance of your concert visit, please contact our Education Director Laura Callaghan Grooms for more information: laura@handonheartarts.com

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