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Sounds of… Helen Minors

Sounds of… Helen Minors

Listen to the interview:   The project's called women's musical leadership online network. And it connects with lots of other pilot projects and a book also entitled women's musical leadership.  We started it out as an online project funded by open which is where...

Prabandh – Synopsis of interview 1

Prabandh – Synopsis of interview 1

Sham Veda is the earliest surviving evidence of Indian music, arts, and culture, dating backto 2500BC. Furthermore, there is written evidence from great scholars and musicologists ofthe gradual formation of the universal scale; Vedic chants sung in 3, 4 and 5 notes...

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...

No Bars – Hardback Book – Buy Now

No Bars – Hardback Book – Buy Now

  This book is the result of hard work and imaginative thinking on the part of around 40 prison inmates and artists teamed with support from a committed prison staff and funding from the National Lottery and DMU Local. For Drum and Brass it is a solid step along...

Talent Unlocked at HMP Leicester

Talent Unlocked at HMP Leicester

This year’s highlight has been our involvement in  HMP Leicester’s “Talent Unlocked” arts festival. This highly ambitious project involved 2 months of weekly ‘pop up’ performances and a two week festival ‘proper’. Drum and Brass arranged for 9 artists to perform at...

HMP Music Workshops Leicester

HMP Music Workshops Leicester

From September 2017 Amy and Julie of Drum and Brass will provide weekly performance arts sessions for inmates at HMP Leicester. This is part of a national recognition of the value of the arts in rehabilitation. It follows our successful pilot at HMP Glen Parva.

Southfields Concert Brass Training Band

Southfields Concert Brass Training Band

Southfields Concert Brass Band is working with Leicestershire Schools Music Hub and Drum and Brass CIC to develop talented young brass players in the city. Rehearse Thursdays, 7.30 to 8.15 pm St Hughes Church, Sturdee Rd, Eyres Monsell LE2 9BU Coaching and grade...

EMC2 Festival DMU, The Venue

EMC2 Festival DMU, The Venue

Julie Maxwell joined leading experimental performers and composers at DMU for the first Experimental Music Catalogue festival. Featuring original, new and established works from the Experimental Music Catalogue this was an opportunity to take a fresh look at modern...