Alison Balsom OBE

Guy Barker MBE

"There are so many charities that are worth supporting, but there is something about Brass for Africa that I just knew it was absolutely the right thing for me to help..."

"Having seen for myself how music can really change lives for the better, I am proud to be associated with Brass for Africa and the work they are doing"

Following a visit to the Brass for Africa supported music programmes in Uganda in January 2014, the charity is honoured and delighted to welcome Alison as a Patron.

2013 Gramophone Artist of the Year, three time winner at the Classic BRITs and also three time winner at the Echo Klassik Awards, Alison Balsom has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music's great ambassadors and is ranked amongst the most distinctive and ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today.

Alison Balsom made her US television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman, a platform few classical artists have gained access to. Alison also headlined the Last Night of the Proms in 2009 with the concert reaching one of the BBC's biggest ever global television
audiences of an estimated 200 million. In 2013 Alison was featured in her own South Bank Show for Sky Arts and also won a 2013 Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award alongside Barry Gibb, Coldplay and Labrinth. 

Alison has performed with some of the greatest conductors and orchestras of our time including Lorin Maazel, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Roger Norrington, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker, Philharmonia Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, NHK Symphony and Orchestre de Radio France.

Summer 2013 Alison was Creative Producer of, and starred in, the critically acclaimed production "Gabriel" at Shakespeare's Globe in London. 

Alison visited Uganda in January 2014 with Brass for Africa and you can watch her journey in the film below. Alison continues to be a fantastic advocate and ambassador for the charity.

Alison recieved an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June 2016


Brass for Africa is proud to have as Patron Guy Barker, the jazz trumpet virtuoso and internationally acclaimed composer, conductor and arranger.

Guy's career has moved through several distinct phases, from hotshot session player and sideman, through bandleader, composer and latterly, one of the most in-demand arrangers in Europe.

Guy has played with many of the top performers from Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis Junior through to Paul Weller, George Michael and Robbie Williams. Guy has also worked with many of the jazz greats including Ornette Coleman, Gil Evans and Dizzy Gillespie and he has also toured with Hugh Masekela. Guy has worked with many of the world's great orchestras including the London Symphony, Chicago Symphony, The Royal Philharmonic and The Mexico Philharmonic.

As a composer and arranger Guy has received huge critical acclaim. Guy's projects include; "The Amadeus Project", his annual "Jazz voice" concert for the opening of the London Jazz Festival featuring his 42 piece orchestra and a host of the greatest singers in the world. Most recently Guy completed a project entitled "Miles Symphonic" where he orchestrated the music of Miles Davies for the BBC Philharmonic plus his own Jazz Orchestra. Guy and guitarist Martin Taylor, featured in their own prom "The Spirit of Django" in the 2012 BBC Proms season.

Guy believes in putting back into the musical world and has worked with several Youth Jazz Orchestras and has recently written arrangements for a 120 strong youth choir in a quest to spread the joy of mass music making nationwide.

Guy has recently been appointed to the prestigious postion of Associate Composer for the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Guy visited Uganda in January 2014 with Brass for Africa and you can watch his journey in the film below
 
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"Music as a Healer"
Featuring Alison and Guy in Kampala