Rated People sponsors Southwark Children’s Brass Band

Rated People is not just about local tradesmen, we’re about local communities too! We want to make a difference on a community level, which is why we have begun a sponsorship program. So far we’ve sponsored Berkhamsted Sports Centre Swimming Club in Hertfordshire and now, we also proudly sponsor Southwark Children’s Brass Band in South London.

By sponsoring the band, it means that new and existing members can continue to learn, practice and perform. The band band is a registered charity funded through donations and most recently our sponsorship; this is essential to the band’s survival. In fact, if the band hadn’t secured enough funding this year, they would’ve had to close down.

As part of our sponsorship, the band learnt the score to the Rated People jingle. When we visited to watch and record the performance, they did a great job – in our opinion better than the original! We’re already looking forward to hearing it again as part of the band’s repertoire at future performances. You can watch the video of them performing the Rated People theme here!

The band was originally founded in 1996 as part of the Southwark Children’s Foundation and then re-constituted as a charity in its own right in 2010. There are 50 children in the junior and senior bands – the youngest is six and children continue until the age of 14. The band regularly performs at venues across London, and most recently played as part of the Dulwich Festival at the Summer Fair. Any child in the local area can join for free – they only need to be able to play 3 notes – with instruments provided to those who are unable to afford them – making it accessible to everyone.

There are some tricky parts in the jingle, but the conductor Fred arranged the piece in a way that meant all of the children in the senior band could join in. The children really enjoyed playing it and we were overwhelmed by by the high quality of the performance. The children’s dedication and high standards rivalled that of our local band (The Grenadier Guards), minus the marching!

For many of the members, playing in the band is very important. We talked to some of the kids to find out what they enjoy most about playing together. Here’s what they had to say.

If you know of a local community project like Southwark Children’s Brass Band that would benefit from our help, get in touch. Or if you’re looking for a tradesmen, we can help there too, simply post your job here.

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