The Big Blast

Children playing brass instruments

The Big Blast

The Big Blast is returning for 2024!
Wednesday 14 to Thursday 15 February 2024
including a performance in Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester.

A wide shot of The Big Blast musicians
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The Big Blast is back!

Booking is now open for our annual two-day February half term orchestral project: The Big Blast. Designed for young musicians aged 5 to 18, from pre Grade 1 to post-Grade 8, the project for wind, percussion and brass players will run on 14 and 15 February.

Thanks to the generous support of Make Music Gloucestershire a place costs just £45 per student per project for students living in Gloucestershire, and £50 for those living outside the county.

You can book a place here. Booking closes on Friday 26 January. We will close applications early if all places have been filled.

This year's theme will combine music about flight - such as Eric Coates' Dam Busters March - with hits from the West End and Broadway. The project will take place at Dean Close Senior School for the first day, then moving to Gloucester for a second day of rehearsals at our Barbican House base followed by a performance for family and friends at Blackfriars Priory

The children are supported by tutors from Gloucestershire Academy of Music, The Flowers Band and Make Music Gloucestershire, led by conductor Hannah Opstad, who has directed The Big Blast since its launch.

Photo Gallery: TBB 2023

'Once Upon a Fist Full of Good' by Ennio Morricone

By Ennio Morricone, arranged by Paul Denegri, filmed at Blackfriars Priory in 2022.

'Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass'

By Ennio Morricone, also arranged by Paul Denegri, Morricone's piece was performed by 44 young players in 2022.