Thank you to Richard McGown

We have just received the very generous and timely donation of an Olds Ambassador trumpet from Richard McGown, an American who has taken a keen interest in the project. The trumpet dates from the late 1950s/early 1960s and is a very well-made instrument that plays great after all these years. We’ve lent it to student Vinícius (12) so he can practice at home. Vinícius has been showing a lot of promise on the trumpet and coming along to all of the lessons, even when it rains (a minor miracle in Rio!) so we thought he deserved to use it.

Thanks ever so much Richard, from us and from Vinícius, for giving an enthusiastic young trumpet player the chance to learn to play on the kind of instrument that he would sadly never normally have access to. We’ll be documenting Vinicius’s progress on this blog.

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Bindu Mathur

Bindu Mathur was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and worked for 10 years in London as a TV producer/director, making science and history documentaries for the BBC, Discovery and Channel 4. She also made videos for international NGOs and has filmed in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America. Resident in Rio de Janeiro since 2007 she is the owner of the award-winning Casa Beleza B&B in Santa Teresa, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is a long-time collaborator with Favela Brass including making films for the project. Her children also studied at the project.

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