Big and Brassy was set up by Ray and Linda Somers in to bring 8 small, non-competing bands together for a weekend of music making and to raise money for charity. In Brass for Africa was chosen as the resident music charity and the bands were able to donate not only money, but much needed mouthpieces to support the charity's mission to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Africa through Music Education and Life Skills Training. We hope that the March will inspire you to strengthen, encourage and bring together your own local bands and to support the life-changing work of Brass for Africa. Goods will only be accepted for return if they are despatched within 14 days of delivery, unless we have notified you otherwise. The item is your responsibility until it reaches us.
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Alan Fernie was born in the Scots mining village of Newtongrange. He learned to play trombone both at school and also with the local brass band, and went on to study music in Glasgow and London. After a short peroid as an orchestral musician, he moved into instrumental education, spending over 20 years teaching brass in schools all over the East of Scotland. It was during this time that he began to conduct, and he has since gone on to direct bands at all levels, winning many awards. He wrote his first music for brass whilst still a student, and his compositions and arrangements are now played, recorded and published all over the world. He is also very proud to be writer in residence to two charities; Brass for Africa, for whom he spent 2 months teaching in Kampala, Uganda, and also the acclaimed "Boobs and Brass" project. Alan lives in the Scottish Borders, where he works as a freelance musician, finding time to write, teach, conduct, judge, perform and act as compere throughout the UK and beyond.
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Composer , Arranger , Transscribed , Conductor. Alan Fernie hails from Newtongrange, where he joined the local brass band as a youngster. He went on to study trombone at the Royal Academy and played for many of Scotland's leading orchestras. Today, he is best known as one of the UK's leading arrangers and composers of brass band music. It is virtually impossible to find a brass band anywhere in Britain that has not played at least one of Alan's arrangements, and he continues to be asked to write new material for the UK's leading brass bands e. Meanwhile, his work as a conductor has taken him all over Scotland and abroad. He recently travelled to Norway to conduct a band in the Norwegian Championships. Having first taken up the baton at Jedburgh some two years ago, Alan Fernie has lifted the standard of the band enormously. Alan is a consummate entertainer and is extremely popular with band members and audiences alike. Home Composers Alan Fernie.
From an original aim to raise awareness of the Make Poverty History campaign in their local area, a brass band CD recording was planned. The initiative took on a whole new dimension when the collection of local bands performing on CD were then joined by, what is now known as, The Brass Band Aid Celebrity Band, made up of many of the top brass musicians in the country. This is a compilation of pieces especially written for the recording by some of the most esteemed brass band writers of today. Dignity was composed and kindly donated to the charity by Alan Fernie. View Music.