The young musicians of Test Valley Brass Youth Band are desperate for the help of local people and businesses.
The talented youngsters have been invited to travel to Mallorca, joining with other musical organisations to bring them the joy of brass band music. The invitation comes from Josep Burguera Riera, a virtuoso euphonium player and music teacher who lives on the island, who was extremely impressed with the band after he heard them perform early last year.
The band members are due to fly out on 29th October and return on 2nd November. Unfortunately, however, they haven’t yet managed to reach their fundraising target.
Test Valley Brass is a charity run by volunteers and receives no sponsorship. The youth band set themselves a target of £15,000 to make sure they would be able to take up this invitation, but although they have managed to raise over £6,000 they are still in need of much more.
To help bridge the gap, the band is holding a 12-hour Playathon on Saturday 21st and is also looking for individuals and organisations alike to sponsor them. The Playathon will take place at St. Ann’s Hall on Suffolk Road, Andover. Running from 9am to 9pm, anyone is welcome to come along and listen whilst enjoying a cup of coffee and a slice of homemade cake.
Alec Grimsey of Test Valley Brass said, “It is such a shame – we have everything in place, flights, hotels and coaches. The people along with the musicians of Mallorca really want us to go; they have never been treated to a visit by a brass band before and are really excited about it. We will not only be performing in concerts but also joining with two wind bands out there to build a cultural link between our young people and the organisations helping these fantastic young individuals grow and blossom as people as well as promoting Andover in another country.”
He continued, “The problem is that with the current economic climate it’s really tough and we just haven’t managed to reach our target. We really hope that we can get the people of Andover to help us by sponsoring our 12hr Playathon. If every person gave just £1 (that’s less than a cup of coffee), we would have enough to go. I just hope we can raise enough to make this trip happen.”
It’s clear this fabulous band needs our help! Test Valley Brass contributes a vast amount to Andover and its community – playing at Farmers’ Markets, The Carnival, The Olympic Torch Relay, The Chantry Centre at Christmas, The Christingle Service and the Countess of Brecknock Hospice – thus proving itself to be a truly deserving and dedicated group. Any donations would be gratefully received. As Alec says, a mere £1 could go a long way!
You can help these brilliant young people meet their aim by going along to St. Anns Hall on 21st July between 9am & 9pm to enjoy a portion of the 12-hour Playathon. Alternatively, just email Alec on Grimsey.firstname.lastname@example.org with your address, phone number, post code, and the amount you would like to donate, or to find out more ring 01264 335527.