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9th May, 2012 - Spring Concert 2012 and BTB performance

Dear Editor,

Below is a press release regarding Martlesham Brass' upcoming concert and their performance of the 'Yellow Baton' piece of the National Brass The Baton project, on the 12th May. I would be grateful if you could find a little bit of space to mention this as it is a great honour for the band and great chance for the community to hear the specially commissoned piece for the Olmypics.

Press Release -

Martlesham Brass Band will be "Going The Distance" and starting the Yellow Baton Relay as part of Brass The Baton, in their Spring Concert on the 12th May, at St Michael's and All Angels Church at 7pm.

Brass The Baton is an exciting new project, being produced by the British Federation of Brass Bands, designed to increase participation in Brass Band Music across the nation. The project provides a unique opportunity for brass band musicians, and conductors, of all ages and abilities to link up and participate in a huge relay race and was awarded the London 2012 Inspire Mark. The relay involves five conductor's batons, representing the five Olympic rings, and a unique new music commission from Paul Lovatt-Cooper entitled "Going The Distance".

With over 150 brass bands and 7,000 brass band musicians set to take part this summer, Adam Cable, Main band conductor from Martlesham Brass, says "Martlesham Brass is extremely pleased to be taking part in the Brass The Baton project. Being involved will be a great experience for all of the members, especially with Terry Luddington, Brass The Baton project director, listening to the debut. Leading the Yellow baton relay is an honour for Martlesham Brass and we hope it will inspire more participation in local brass bands."

Martlesham Brass is a local, family orientated band, currently with over 100 playing members. Martlesham Brass consists of four bands, spanning all abilities and ages. No previous experience is required to join Martlesham Brass - all we ask for from our members is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.
Find out more at http://www.martleshambrass.co.uk.

The Brass The Baton relay race will last for 11 weeks providing 385 potential performance days. The world premiere performance of the complete piece will only occur when all five batons come together for the project finale on Sunday 22nd July.

To support your local brass band and book tickets for the upcoming Spring Concert, please go to http://www.martleshambrass.co.uk. For more information on what else is happening during the Brass The Baton relay, then please check out the website www.brassthebaton.com.

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Notes to Editor:

Contacts -

Name Lisa Chalklen
Tel 01473 740705
Email [email protected]om
Website www.martleshambrass.co.uk

Terry Luddington (Brass The Baton Project Director and BFBB National Liaison Officer)
Mobile: 07803 147101
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.brassthebaton.com

Images-

Image- Please follow link, http://www.martleshambrass.co.uk/files/yellowrelay.png
Caption - The official logo for the Yellow Baton Relay

About-

About the Inspire programme: The Inspire programme is run by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. It is an opportunity for everyone to be a part of the London 2012 Games - a broad participation programme spanning sport participation, education, sustainability, volunteering, and business opportunities & culture. New opportunities are being created to inspire young people and encourage the whole of the UK to join in. The Inspire programme has awarded over 1,400 different projects the Inspire mark.

About London 2012: The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are delivered by two key organisations - the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

LOCOG is responsible for staging a memorable Games in 2012. They will deliver the best possible Olympic and Paralympic Games experience for everyone involved, enabling a lasting legacy and inspiring people to join in.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is the public body responsible for developing and building the new venues and infrastructure for the Games and converting the Olympic Park for long-term use after the Games.

About British Federation of Brass Bands (BFBB): BFBB is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and the leading charitable organisation in England representing brass bands devoted to promoting and encouraging participation in brass band music making across the country. It supports the continued development of players, particularly children & young people within bands, in order to build the skills and confidence that can enliven, enrich and stimulate the communities in which they live and work.

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