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Drum and Brass has grown fast over the last year and we have had to work hard to ensure this growth is sustainable. First and foremost, we have been working with VAL to develop our policies. We work with vulnerable people and their safety is a top priority. Our Safeguarding policy is therefore updated annually and our members are required to carry up-to-date DBS checks and are required to read our policies carefully. We have also updated our Finance policy to meet the greater levels of funding we now handle and we have a volunteer pack for those lovely people who work with us on our projects. So, safe to continue.... and our projects? Read on:
Do we need changes in music-making?

Do we need changes in music-making?

Written by Julie Hoggarth In the run up to “No Bars_Music” exhibition at Bishop Street Methodist Church, opening Monday June 21st 2021, D+B director Julie Hoggarth explores some of the barriers to music-making and ways to overcome them.  This article will discuss...

Free music lessons for all

Free music lessons for all

Author: Davina Vencatasamy Free music for all!  This is the cry that comes across at meetings looking at the issues of diversity within music education.  It sounds like a great idea, right?  Kids who would never normally access one-to-one musical tuition due to the...

‘The moment you realise you never fitted in’… Incivilities

‘The moment you realise you never fitted in’… Incivilities

Author: Davina Vencatasamy I went on a walk with my 9-year-old daughter the other day.  We had walked from Leicester City Centre (where we live) to Bradgate Park.  In lockdown, it has been particularly difficult to get out and go on longer walks, especially in...

“The moment you realise you have never fitted in”……jobs

“The moment you realise you have never fitted in”……jobs

Written by Davina Vencatasamy  I have never got a job when I have been in competition with white people.  Ever.   “What?”  I hear you say.  “That’s impossible!”.  Well, maybe I did get that job at Thorntons when I was at university and I did get that...

Free music lessons for all

Free music lessons for all

Written by Davina Vencatasamy Free music for all!  This is the cry that comes across at meetings looking at the issues of diversity within music education.  It sounds like a great idea, right?  Kids who would never normally access one-to-one musical tuition due to the...

Why we cannot pay lip service to safeguarding

Why we cannot pay lip service to safeguarding

Safeguarding issues did not ‘go away’ by the exposure of the Saville cases  Today, the conversations in music are all about inclusion. For music-making to be inclusive it must be safe and welcoming for all those who would like to be involved. Therefore, this...

Tips on how music practice helps your mental health

Tips on how music practice helps your mental health

Penned by Hari Trivedi. If you’re having to stay at home and self isolate, looking after your mental health can seem more difficult than usual, but it’s just as important as looking after your physical health during this COVID-19 outbreak. Here are some steps to take...

No Bars – Hardback Book – Buy Now

No Bars – Hardback Book – Buy Now

The NO BARS book is now available to buy. A really insightful compilation of poetry, spoken word and rap all created by the prisoners at Leicester HMP

Level 4 Safeguarding Training in the arts – children aged 8-16

Level 4 Safeguarding Training in the arts – children aged 8-16

Safeguarding Training  Fully certified CDP If you or your organisation work with children or vulnerable adults, these courses will give you the confidence to put good safeguarding practice at the heart of your work. This keeps staff and participants safe and makes the...