Published on May 11th, 2021 by gavin

“little Idea” Steel City Brass

A ‘little idea’ a few weeks ago has resulted in a big achievement for Sheffield’s Brass Banders, something to be really proud of!  

This ‘little idea’ set about to ask all Sheffield bands, and those born and bred in our wonderful city to come together, virtually, to form Steel City Brass and enter this year’s Foden’s Online Whit Friday Contest.  

We had a huge response with 45 musicians keen to share this exciting opportunity, with players ranging from age 12 to 85 years young taking part. Ten bands and orchestras from across the city are represented, ranging from Non-Contesting up to Championship Section bands, alongside individuals who didn’t want to miss out on this occasion!  

After an online rehearsal (and some home practice!) 45 video and audio tracks were received in readiness for editing.  Fortunately, we knew the man for the job; Woodhouse Prize Band’s talented Musical Director, Richard Windle. Richard said “Prior to the pandemic, I never imagined I would be spending hours on end composing and arranging music for virtual performances, let alone editing and making videos to be shared internationally – some of them winning first and runner up prizes for the Kapitol Cory Online Brass Band Championships with Woodhouse Prize Band.”  

Gemma Grayson, Secretary for Woodhouse Prize Band and one of the coordinators for Steel City Brass, told us “The response to our ‘little idea’ from the wonderful brass banding community in Sheffield was overwhelming. Never did we think we’d have such enthusiasm. Bringing like-minded people together to produce this track is something all of those involved should be very proud of. We’re a lucky bunch here in Sheffield”.  

Steel City Brass will be competing in the Championship Section of the Foden’s Online Whit Friday contest, airing on 28thand 29th May. Please visit the Woodhouse Prize Band facebook site for more details of how to watch the event online.  

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