The Big Blast

Children playing brass instruments

The Big Blast

The Big Blast will take place on the 23rd and 24th of February.

A wide shot of The Big Blast musicians

The Big Blast is back!

Returning for its second year, The Big Blast will take place on the 23rd and 24th of February, with rehearsals on day 1 taking place at Dean Close School and a performance at the stunning Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester on day 2.

Open to young brass and wind musicians across the county, from grade 1 to grade 8+, whether already involved in an ensemble or not. Music will be sent out in January to enable musicians to practise ahead of the event.

The closing date for applications is Friday 28th January 2022. Please sign up using the form below, to register your interest!

Sign up here

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is it?

Dean Close School in Cheltenham, and Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester.

How long are the days?

Registration is at 9:30am, for a prompt 10:00am start on both days, and day 1 ends at 4pm. The concert on day 2 starts at 3pm, for an expected end at 4pm.

What do I bring?

Your instrument, a named music stand, any necessary accessories (e.g. mute, pencil, rubber), and a packed lunch, with enough snacks and drinks to last the full day.

Is there a dress code?

There is no dress code on day 1; however, comfy casual clothes are encouraged. Coats are also recommended for time spent outside during breaks. On day 2, students will be provided with a #thebigstring t-shirt which they will wear with their black trousers/skirt. It is highly recommended that musicians therefore wear a long-sleeved dark coloured top (preferably black) over which the t-shirt will be worn. The abbey will be cold, so additional layers can also be worn under the dark long-sleeved top if required.

Will I be able to see the music beforehand?

Yes! Music will be sent out in early January by email, in order to give students an opportunity to practice.

What standard do I need to be to join?

This event is suitable for all wind and brass players from grade 1 standard up to advanced level.

I don’t live in Gloucestershire. Will I still be able to take part?

Yes! However, since we are supported by Make Music Gloucestershire, the out of county fee is £50. If you have any queries regarding fees please email


Nautilus by Anna Meredith

60 children participated in a socially-distanced, recorded version of Nautilus by Anna Meredith.