Bold As. What is it?


BOLD AS is an innovative brass project for children and young people which has been running since 2014.  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.

The young musicians start with the incredible brightly coloured, award-winning plastic pTrumpets and pBones (Deal Festival partner Warwick Music Education) before moving on to brass instruments. A bespoke workbook has been created by our Education Director, Peter Cook, with Bold As Musical Director, Phil White, which leads children through stages of learning to play, earning awards along the way. The project is delivered by some of the best brass players in the country: Phil is trombonist with the Philharmonia Orchestra and leads the project alongside Tim Hayward, a busy and versatile freelance trumpet player.

Films have been recorded of Phil playing the pieces in the workbook to help the children practise at their own pace.

More than 100 children learn brass instruments every year through the project and we are indebted to Kent Music’s Music Plus programme which provides instrumental tuition and musical instruments for one year at no cost to the student.  In addition we facilitate 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 programme has led to an improvement in behaviour and capacity to concentrate, a marked improvement in confidence and a very significant improvement in musical skills; 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.

Who leads it?
Phil White Musical Director

How can I find out more or get involved?
Contact Deal Music & Arts: