Two Appearances on the BBC in one week!

They say that lighting doesn’t strike twice, but Favela Brass has just appeared on the BBC two times within the space of three days! The first was playing own samba version of “Chariots of Fire right at the end of BBC One’s primetime program “Countdown to Rio”, which ran from 8:30pm to 10pm, before theContinue reading “Two Appearances on the BBC in one week!”

An Olympic Dream Come True?

This time last year we had absolutely no links with the Olympics. No contacts, no shows, no nothing. Then our French percussion teacher Yann Vathelet had an idea: “No, but wait, maybe the fact that you guys don’t have anything IS your Olympic story, maybe it’s all about the struggle of the kids and theContinue reading “An Olympic Dream Come True?”

Sandhouse Stompers Coast to Coast Mardi Gras 2016 – Thank You!!!

Great news! The The Sandhouse Stompers Coast to Coast Mardi Gras 2016 has raised £4385, smashing last year’s total and making a HUGE contribution to our ability to sustain Favela Brass. This is an ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE boost to the project! Not only that, the Stompers also managed to secure a donation of 3 plastic trumpetsContinue reading “Sandhouse Stompers Coast to Coast Mardi Gras 2016 – Thank You!!!”

Sandhouse Stompers Coast to Coast Stomp 2016

To donate to the Sandhouse Stompers Coast to Coast Stomp 2016, please visit our Just Giving page: Following the success of last year’s event, which raised £4,064 for Favela Brass, in just 4 days’ time the Sandhouse Stompers are going to do it all over again, with the support of Lancaster-based UK charity Volunteer inContinue reading “Sandhouse Stompers Coast to Coast Stomp 2016”

Vintage Fair in Doncaster

Great news – yesterday’s Vintage Fair at the Doncaster Jazz Centre raised £390 for Favela Brass! From everyone at Favela Brass we would like to say a huge thank you to Jane Miles, Stuart Garside & the Sandhouse Stompers and all of those involved in making it a success. Favela Brass is completely dependent onContinue reading “Vintage Fair in Doncaster”

Favela Brass in a New Orleans Groove

The healthy evolution of live music depends, and has always depended, on the mixture of existing traditions. Both jazz and samba emerged from the musical melting pot, combining styles which had extremely widely dispersed geographical roots. A central objective of the Favela Brass project is to teach our children the musical traditions of Rio deContinue reading “Favela Brass in a New Orleans Groove”

Painting the New Site on Good Deeds Day

On Saturday morning, 16 volunteers arrived at the project to paint our new second home at the College of the Assunção-Cenam centre. This kind and generous act was organised as part of International Goods Deeds Day, the volunteers putting themselves forward to help via the site of a Brazilian NGO called Atados. The painting wasContinue reading “Painting the New Site on Good Deeds Day”

Favela Brass + Junta Local

On Saturday our brass band, comprising 9 of our most advanced students, played at craft food market Junta Local, held this time in an abandoned old chocolate factory in the city centre. Our performances went down really well with the public (those following the project closely may notice from the video that the kids haveContinue reading “Favela Brass + Junta Local”