Bold As. What is it?
BOLD AS is an innovative project with children and young people, using the incredible brightly coloured award-winning plastic pTrumpets and pBones (Deal Festival partner Warwick Music Education).
The project has been running for three years, and is led by some of the best brass players in the country including Tim Hayward (trumpeter in Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) and Phil White (trombone with Philharmonia Orchestra and BOLD AS Musical Director).
We work with a number of primary schools in Deal and Dover, and are also collaborating with secondary schools and local community brass bands to deliver the project.
More than 100 children learn brass instruments every year through the project, with more than 80 hours of musical activities including workshops with professional brass musicians (to support weekly whole class brass teaching), a digital programme of resources, schools’/family concerts, and performances in-school and at public concerts.
East Kent was once host to coal mines and collieries, and still has some active brass bands from those communities. BOLD AS hopes to reignite this important link to our local banding heritage, by encouraging children and young people to pick up a brass instrument, have fun and begin a lifelong love of music.
What does it do?
Through our regular evaluation of the impact of BOLD AS, we have found that children’s engagement in the BOLD AS programme has led to improvement in behaviour and capacity to concentrate, marked improvement in confidence and very significant improvement in musical skills. It’s been very significant that some of the low achievers in class were high achievers in this project. In 2016, BOLD AS was shortlisted for a Music Teacher Excellence award.