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Bollywood Blast!

BBB is excited to present Bollywood Blast!

In 2012-13 BBB worked in partnership with four London Boroughs, Barnet, Ealing, Enfield and Harrow, to deliver a programme to inspire young people to take up brass instruments. The project was funded by the Mayor's Music Fund, which enabled the partner music services to start free brass tuition in one secondary school per borough, to year 7 pupils who have experienced the Wider Opportunities first access programmes in their Primary schools. Progression was supported by a weekly ensemble activity and by workshops provided by the BBB, who kicked off the whole project with an exciting large scale performance in each school.

The project was devised by trumpeter Kay Charlton - a London brass teacher for more than 20 years and performer and workshop leader with the BBB since the band’s foundation. Kay has written a Bollywood Blast tutor book specially for the project; the book includes a CD of Bollywood style backing tracks, background to the Bollywood genre and ideas for creative work on film music. The books have now been extended to woodwind.

The year culminated with a Gala Concert which included:
  • Performances of Bollywood tunes by individual schools
  • Performances by BBB
  • Performance of creative work

Finale performance by BBB and all participants – a Big Bollywood Brass Band (BBBB!)

If you would like a Bollywood Brass style project in your school please contact us for more information.


  • Jai Ho and Dil Laga Na - Schools Prom

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  • BBB at Tedx Macclesfield

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  • Kay Charlton

    Trumpet/Projects Manger


"The workshops were really enjoyable, thank you!"

Dormers Wells High School

"A fantastic performance enjoyed by pupils and staff"

Clifton Primary School

Four funky drummers and six hot horns play massive hits
from Indian films, all driven by the huge beat of the dhol drum.