Our Big Gig EXTRA - three years on and going from strength to strength!
Brum Together Brum Go From Strength to Strength.
One of Superact’s first Our Big Gig EXTRA projects continues to flourish in Birmingham. Drum Together Brum are a community drumming group set up in October 2013. Since then the group has grown in size and they now have 15 or more regular drummers meeting every Wednesday to rehearse. The group are now funded through the weekly £5 subs each member pays, plus the fees for some of their bigger gigs.
Anna Bright, one of the original members says, “It is so great to have that many people turning up each week to play. There’s definitely a bigger buzz when more people turn up, plus we are much louder! Drummers don’t have to come every week, and we are still very much about supporting and welcoming new people, especially those that have never played before.”
The group’s gigs over the last year have been extremely varied and include Birmingham St Patricks Day, Moseley Streetfood Market and PST Nightclub. Drum Together Brum were also invited to open Solihull Fun Day along with the Mayoress of Solihull.
Not content with just playing live the group have recorded two tracks: one engineered with students from South and City College and the other at one of their rehearsal homes, the Dark Horse in Moseley.
The group are still led my drumming maestro Damon Wilding, who also supported Birmingham’s recent Our Big Gig EXTRA project during February 2015 half term.
Further south, the South Bristol Wellbeing choir which was started with funding from Our Big Gig EXTRA in 2014 and delivered in partnership with Making Music is also still continuing to attract new members and has become completely self sustaining.
With over 50 members attending weekly sessions at St Michael & All Angels Church in Windmill Hill, the choir are now starting to take their performances out into the wider community with recent performances at the Bristol Jazz Festival at the Colston Hall. The choir are looking to perform more public concerts throughout the summer of 2015 and are looking to get involved in more local projects where possible.
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