The Big Blow with Yeo

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Boston Symphony Orchestra bass trombonist Douglas Yeo arrives in Britain this week to take part in some brass band and workshop events. His primary destination is the Butlins resort in Skegness (east coast of England, just north of Boston), where the Mineworker's Brass Band Festival is taking place (19-22 January 2007). Doug is deeply involved with the charity Brass Band Aid which is raising funds to build a school in Adet, Ethiopia under the auspices of World Vision. All of his appearances in Skegness are in support of Brass Band Aid. Here's an overview of Doug's schedule: Friday, 19 January 2007 (9.15pm): Brass Band Aid Celebrity Band Concert. Conducted by Richard Evans, this band is made up of top brass band players from England. The trombone section will consist of Nick Hudson, Bob Thompson (the founder of Brass Band Aid), Alan Fernie and Douglas Yeo. Saturday, 20 January 2007 (3.00pm): The Big Blow. This is an attempt to organise the world's largest brass band (over 2000 players) for inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records. This is a fund-raiser for Brass Band Aid and should be great fun. Saturday, 20 January 2007 (evening): Interview and performance with Stan Lippeat. An interview (along with Nick Childs and several others) where Doug will discuss a number of things and then perform Bill Geldard's arrangement of In The Hall of the Mountain King with brass band. He will also present Brass Band Aid with a check for ??1,500 which has been raised by the New England Brass Band (of which he is music director). Sunday, 21 January 2007 (evening): Concert with Bones Apart. Doug Yeo joins the celebrated trombone quartet for a set of trombone quintets arranged by Stephen Bulla. All of the above events occur concurrently with the Mineworker's contest that will feature 50 brass bands through the weekend at the Butlins resort. More information on these events may be found at: Brass Band Aid 4 Bars Rest (1), 4 Bars Rest (2) Butlins The Big Blow After the events at Butlins, Doug heads to the west and south of the country for some teaching and other performances: Tuesday, 23 January 2007 (morning and afternoon): Teaching at Chethams School of Music in Manchester. Tuesday, 23 January 2007 (7.30pm): Performance at Chethams School of Music with the Pennine Brass Band (Ian Porthouse, conductor). Doug Yeo will be playing three solos at the concert: Adrian Drover's tribute to George Roberts, Mr Nice Guy, Goff Richard's Rainy Day in Rio and Bill Geldard's In The Hall of the Mountain King. Thursday, 25 January 2007 (7.00pm): Trombone workshop at the Taunton School with Nick Hudson and Douglas Yeo. Anyone attending any of these events in invited to please come up and say hello!

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