Posted: 14 September 2015
Southwark Children’s Brass Band (SCBB) our Proud to Perform winners enjoyed their first ever concert tour in July to Paris.
As winners of our award, SCBB, London’s youngest brass band, won a fully-funded three-day music tour to France. The highlight of their tour was a performance at Disneyland Paris.
Proud to Perform was the brainchild of our Senior Account Manager Hannah Bastick who wanted to challenge the idea that touring is just for rich people and give a wonderful performing opportunity to a disadvantaged group. Everyone at Club Europe has felt it a great privilege to be involved in such a lovely project and we hope this tour will be a great platform for SCBB from which they can develop even further in the future.
Speaking of the Paris tour, the band’s Trustee Patty Harper said: “A highlight of the tour was the performance at Disneyland and then all the fun afterwards once we were back in the park. The students were more than up for the challenge of a serious performance and coped with the microphones, the stage layout and the sound check really well. They were completely on show the whole time which I don’t think they expected. The venue just blew them away.
“My highlight was getting to know the children really well and watching them make new friends. Another highlight was a girl who had re-joined the band (after 2 years away) to come to Paris and was a natural leader in the group. The band learned as a group to perform more tightly together and they played really well. The whole process with the concert at the end really pulled the band together and they sounded fantastic.
“I think the friendships they made on the tour will make the older students want to come back as they were so inspired.”
Watch this space for the launch of our next Proud to Perform initiative. Meanwhile click on the links for more details of our school band tours to Paris, all our school band tours and all our school music tour destinations.
Anthony Chew, Head of Music, Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, Lancashire.
Jane Werry, Head of Music, Hayes School, Kent.
James Williams, Llandovery College, Carmarthenshire.