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Issue 6005

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REMEMBERING A LEGEND - British Bandsman pays tribute to William Broughton

A chance to own a piece of banding history!

Thursday 30 November, 2017

Derwent Brass is creating an amazing opportunity for anyone to own a Boosey and Hawkes Sovereign prototype cornet, developed and built for Phillip McCann. This instrument was presented to the charity Brass for Africa at the 2017 RNCM Brass Band Festival by Phillip McCann during his performance conducting Grimethorpe in its festival concert and is being auctioned by Derwent Brass.

Brass for Africa Brass Ambassador Chris Fower is pictured receiving the generous donation. The instrument is in totally original condition with no lacquer and shows a patina and wear pattern from being played in some of the most notable, winning performances and concerts by Phillip McCann. As a genuine, working prototype the cornet bears no serial number or trade marks and comes with a letter of authenticity from Phillip McCann, including the provenance of its illustrious past, will be provided to the successful bidder.

This is truly an exceptional piece of brass band history and the kind of item that rarely is available to purchase, often moving directly into a private collection. The proceeds of this sale will be donated by Derwent Brass to Brass for Africa’s current fundraising campaign with the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign. The band is hoping to raise vital funds for one of its most important projects, The Children Of Kampiringisa. The money donated for the purchase of this instrument will be doubled.

Kampiringisa is Uganda’s only juvenile rehabilitation facility, housing vulnerable street children alongside youth 'at conflict with the law'. The children of Kampiringisa face a number of challenges that can have a significant impact on their well-being, development, and future. Living conditions are very poor and when children arrive at Kampiringisa they have lost trust, they have lost love. There is an urgent need to rehabilitate these children and lead an effort to engage them back into society. It is the government’s responsibility to care for and protect these children and they have given their full support for Brass for Africa to assist in improving the quality of life within the Centre. Brass for Africa provides brass instruments, lessons and brass band training alongside life-skill training and psychosocial support to more than 200 children in the centre each week.

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This campaign needs to raise £10,265 in order for Brass for Africa to be able to continue this outstanding and successful work.

Find out more about teh campaign here