For the past three months we’ve had the immense good fortune to have had Icelandic trombonist Sigrún Jónsdóttir living at the project and giving brass lessons to the children three times a week. As well as being a top-flight professional trombonist (she’s already done a world tour with Björk and leaves us to do aContinue reading “Thank you Sigrún!”
After three months of teaching brass at the project three times a week on a voluntary basis, today is Sigrún K. Jónsdóttir’s last day at Favela Brass. Please take the time to watch the personal appeal that she recorded this afternoon, encouraging friends of the project to consider the possibility of signing up for aContinue reading “Sigrún’s appeal for monthly donations”
Favela Brass is growing quickly. Whether it was our parade within the favela during Carnaval, our beautiful new T-shirts, or just the sheer charm and charisma of our teaching staff (!) we don’t know, but over the last few weeks we’ve had a constant stream of children arriving at the project to enrol. Having workedContinue reading “Monthly Giving Appeal”
We recently received a visit, and a generous donation, from international lodging rentals website Airbnb. So why would Airbnb want to visit a music school in the middle of a favela? The reason is that renting rooms via Airbnb is a central part of the financing of our project. I rent out 3 rooms inContinue reading “Airbnb + Favela Brass”
As part of the This is Great Britain campaign, The British Embassy in Brazil are currently producing a series of online cards about British people with links to Rio de Janeiro. Today I had the honour of being included as number #32 for founding the Favela Brass project. Great to see the project getting officialContinue reading “Thank you to the British Embassy in Brazil”
Today Leonardo got a chance to take the lead in the percussion lessons and Maria Eduarda from neighbouring favela Fogueteiro had her cornet lesson.
We finished enrolment for the course this week with 31 children. Although the majority are from the Pereirão favela where the school is located, we also have a small group of 7 children from Fogueteiro, a neighboring favela. Yesterday they made the 45 minute walk here in the rain. Anyone who understands the general attitudeContinue reading “Super Keen Students!”
Yesterday the children played at a cultural space called Rosa Vento, just down the road from our favela in the Laranjeiras neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. As you can see from the video below the kids played a great show and it was very well received by an appreciative audience: Huge thank you to RosaContinue reading “Show at Rosa Vento”