Carrickfergus Mayor and Local Band get “Inspired” by...
01 June 2012
Carrickfergus Borough Council and local band CWA Brass are undertaking an Olympic challenge with a twist this weekend...
"Brass the Baton" is a Cultural Olympiad project which will involve over 150 brass bands / ensembles and over 7,000 brass band musicians throughout the summer. 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 involving 5 conductor's batons and a unique new music commission from Paul Lovatt-Cooper entitled "Going the Distance".
CWA Brass Band from Carrickfergus will be performing in Carrickfergus this Sunday 3 June for the Olympic Torch's journey through the Borough. Immediately following this as part of the project, Carrickfergus' Mayor, Alderman Jim McClurg and Chris McGookin, Chairman of CWA Brass Band will be making the journey from Carrickfergus to Tutbury, just outside Derby to deliver a conductors baton to its next destination.
Brass the Baton is being produced by the British Federation of Brass Bands and was awarded the London 2012 Inspire Mark last year in recognition of an exceptional and innovative project inspired by the 2012 Games. Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: "Brass the Baton is encouraging all Brass Bands to fulfil their potential. I am proud that with the help of partners such as the British Federation of Brass Bands we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in Brass Band music making throughout the country.'
For more details please visit www.brassthebaton.com where an interactive map will show you the activity across the UK.