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Young brass band players help charity with CD and DVD

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 25, 2012

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Champion Cornish brass players are joining forces with a local charity to raise funds for stroke victims.

Camborne Youth Band, which is the most successful youth band in the country, are recording a CD and DVD to be sold in aid of Phoenix Stroke Appeal.

The musicians, who have been national champions on seven occasions, are striving to help the organisation reach its target of £500,000.

Spokeswoman Veronica Pascoe said: "The band, which offers young people the opportunity to work together as a team and achieve their full musical potential, are recording a CD of Cornish music. It will be made by Doyen, one of the best companies in the brass band world, and the music has been chosen to demonstrate everything that is best about Cornwall.

"The DVD will feature beautiful and dramatic Cornish scenery, local cultural events, historic sites and famous places which will link in with the soundtrack. Filming has already taken place and includes an RNLI concert at Newlyn, a tea treat at Kehelland and the Sea Salts & Sail maritime festival at Mousehole. It provides an insight into the life of a Cornish brass band, the different ages of the players involved, the sense of family that comes from being part of a band and how integral it is to the local community. The end product will be a celebration of Cornish heritage, culture and landscape."

The filming was carried out by students from University College Falmouth and the band is now looking for businesses, groups, families and individuals to sponsor the scheme, with a range of benefits for those taking part.

"This is a great opportunity to make a difference to the lives of stroke survivors in Cornwall and to ensure the longevity of one of our great musical organisations," added Veronica. "The environment in which the young musicians learn encourages self belief, discipline and responsibility, values which have lifelong benefits. We are totally self supporting and this project will help to ensure the band's future."

Anyone wishing to get involved can call Jane Upton on 07929183685 or Jonathan Watson on 07818796796.

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