The Big Blast

Children playing brass instruments

The Big Blast

The Big Blast returned in 2022, welcoming 44 young players to Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester.

A wide shot of The Big Blast musicians

The Big Blast is back!

Following the success of our Big String project, The Big Blast was formed last year when young wind players produced a recording. A large-scale live concert was impossible, due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic. This year, we were able to meet in larger numbers and enjoy playing live music together. Forty-four young players aged from 5 to 18, from grade 1 to post grade 8 worked together for two days on Ennio Morricone’s Once Upon a Fist Full of Good and Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass, both arranged for us by Paul Denegri.

The project was based at Dean Close School for the first day and then moved to Blackfriars Priory for the second day where they performed to over 100 people. The children were supported by tutors from Gloucestershire Academy of Music, The Flowers Band and Make Music Gloucestershire, led by conductor Hannah Opstad.

TBB 2022: Photo Gallery

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

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

'Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass'

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