BOLSOVER District Council has received a £10,000 grant from the Arts Council England to help develop its popular brass band and arts programmes.
The funding will provide support over the next two years to develop the brass band summer school in Bolsover District by providing top class professional musicians to direct and tutor the students so they get the best experience possible from the week-long event.
It will also help develop the established brass band entertainment festival and include 2 brass band music commissions that will reflect the District and its heritage.
The composers chosen are Paul Sharman a Salvationist Brass Band Composer and Philip Sparke reputed as one of the leading composers in the
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Cllr Ann Syrett said: “Bolsover District has a rich heritage and tradition of brass music and this funding will help us continue to develop this passion within our District.
“Our brass band programmes are very popular and by expanding and improving upon what we already do, we will be able to offer the participants and audiences a better all round experience.”
Bolsover District Council is recognised by the Arts Council England as one of the leading Local Authorities in the East Midlands region in music development.
The Council will also use funding to further their partnership working and to work more strategically with the “Derbyshire Music Hub”, (formerly the Derbyshire County Music Education Partnership), Orchestras Live, (the governing agency for orchestral development work in the UK) and local brass bands and schools.
It will also be renewing and improving their Arts Development and Public Arts Strategy for 2013 to 2018.