Hi, I’m Verity, a 2021 graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). I have been selected as the very first music intern to work with Brass for Africa in Uganda. The project is jointly funded by Brass for Africa, RNCM, and Brass Bands England (BBE), however, the final portion of the funding is for me to raise and I hope some of you wonderful people will want to get involved!
What will the money be used for?
The funds raised will be used to support my work with Brass for Africa . As a brass specialist, I will be working to develop and support the teachers who are currently working in projects across Uganda. Together we will provide music education, performance opportunities and support the development of life skills for both street children and young people from a wide range of challenging backgrounds.
My suitcase is packed and I‘m ready to go – just as soon as the final bit of funding is done and the pandemic rules give me the go ahead I’ll be on that jet plane!
How can you help?
I need your help to raise this final £1500 to help make this project a reality. If you would like to get involved with this fabulous project, the best way you can help is to hit donate now.
Additionally, please follow me on Facebook and Instagram for some special surprises which have been donated from across the Brass band world. There will be an amazing raffle (£10 per ticket) where you could win a whole range of goodies, including specialist brass lessons with superstars, tickets to amazing live concerts, premium memberships and more!
There will be lots more information about this amazing prize draw as my campaign progresses so watch this space!
What will I be doing?
I will be mentoring apprentice teachers, providing instrumental lessons, conducting ensembles and enhancing the teaching programme already in place.
Who else is funding this project?
The RNCM and BBE have committed to supporting this excellent charity and have funded most of the cost for this unique opportunity.
About the charity Brass for Africa
Brass for Africa's work began in Uganda in 2009 and its remarkable impact there has prompted its subsequent expansion to establish centres in Liberia and Rwanda. Brass for Africa is an award-winning charity that delivers music education with integrated life-skills training to over 1,000 disadvantaged children and young people in Africa. Working in partnership with over 20 community-based organisations, Brass for Africa’s local team of teachers are all African and alumni of the programmes themselves. They teach music, and through an integrated life-skills curriculum, nurture transferable skills such as self-confidence, perseverance, concentration and communication. Music is an incredibly powerful tool to engage and transform and Brass for Africa uses music to champion their four strategic goals of; workplace readiness, community empowerment, disability inclusion and gender equality.
This project will help equip children, young people and their communities with the skills to fulfil their potential and thrive. Please donate now to help me make this happen!