What if every child in a small favela in Rio de Janeiro had a chance to learn a musical instrument, from the tuba to the piccolo? What would be the result in 5 years? 10 years? 50 years? What would be the impact on the lives of the children? On the local community? On the musical life of the city?

This is the vision of Favela Brass, a collaboration between British musician Tom Ashe and UK registered charity Volunteer in Brazil. Every Saturday morning in the “Pereirão” favela where Tom lives, professional musicians give music lessons to local children for free, making use of donated second-hand brass instruments brought over from the UK to Brazil.

Our program has 3 pillars:

1. Lessons

Every Saturday morning between 10am and 1:30pm we give free instrumental music lessons to local children at Tom’s house in the “Pereirão” favela. Parents are also invited to participate in the lessons.

2. Home Practice

During the week, children practice their instruments (supplied by the project) at home.

3. Public Performance

Once a month, the children get a chance to play in public at our Indian food + live music event, the Curry Clube, which also raises funds for the project.

Favela Pereirão is located near to the Laranjeiras district of Rio de Janeiro, and has aproximately 2,000 inhabitants. Favela Brass started its activities in February 2014.

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