OUR STORY

Founded over 10 years ago by airline pilot Jim Trott with the initial donation of 30 rather old and well used brass instruments from his son’s junior brass band, Brass for Africa now supports over 1000 children and young people in Uganda, Liberia and Rwanda every week through brass music education and life-skills training. The charity also provides employment opportunities and training for more than 40 African national staff.

Using music as a tool to empower and transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people, we have identified and measure 8 key attributes associated with learning music, such as self confidence, resilience, grit and perseverance. These attributes are integrated into each music lesson, resulting in transferable life-skills, which can be applied to the participants’ everyday lives.

OUR STORY

Founded over 10 years ago by airline pilot Jim Trott with the initial donation of 30 rather old and well used brass instruments from his son’s junior brass band; Brass for Africa now supports over 1000 children and young people in Uganda and Liberia every week through brass music education and life-skills training. The charity also provides employment opportunities and training for more than 40 African national staff.

Using music as a tool to empower and transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people, we have identified and measure 8 key attributes associated with learning music, such as self confidence, resilience, grit and perseverance. These attributes are integrated into each music lesson, resulting in transferable life-skills, which can be applied to the participants’ everyday lives.

OUR MISSION AND VALUES

The opportunity to learn and play music has the most profound, empowering and life-affirming effect, particularly on the disadvantaged young people, orphans, informal settlement or ‘slum’ dwellers, ex-street children, refugees and vulnerable children that we support. Brass for Africa works alongside local organisations to provide regular music education, life-skills training and performance opportunities. Our experience has proven music to be an extremely powerful tool to engage not only individuals, but whole communities, and through the skills fostered by learning music, we are able to support many life-changing activities.

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EDUCATION
EMPOWERMENT
OPPORTUNITY
GENDER EQUALITY
COMMUNITY

OUR MISSION AND VALUES

The opportunity to learn and play music has the most profound, empowering and life-affirming effect, particularly on the disadvantaged young people, orphans, informal settlement or ‘slum’ dwellers, ex-street children, refugees and vulnerable children that we support. Brass for Africa works alongside local organisations to provide regular music education, life-skills training and performance opportunities. Our experience has proven music to be an extremely powerful tool to engage not only individuals, but whole communities, and through the skills fostered by learning music, we are able to support many life-changing activities.

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EDUCATION
EMPOWERMENT
OPPORTUNITY
GENDER EQUALITY
COMMUNITY

THE TEAM

Brass for Africa is a UK based charity that is 98% African-led.

PATRONS

GUY BARKER MBE

JAZZ TRUMPETER, COMPOSER, CONDUCTOR

Guy has played with many of the top performers such as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis Junior. 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 holds the prestigious position of Associate Composer for the BBC Concert Orchestra.

ALISON BALSOM OBE

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO

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 OBE 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.

CONTACT US

UK OFFICE

65a Oxford Road, Wokingham  RG41 2YH

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