Just nine months ago I decided its time to follow my dreams and really focus taking the next steps in becoming a professional trumpet player
In September of this year I will be embarking on my biggest venture yet by relocating to London and starting my studies in classical trumpet at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.
Despite receiving the maximum funding (loan) possible, financing the extras in order to benefit from this opportunity of studying at Trinity has left me somewhat bewildered. Not only do I need to contribute to my accommodation and daily living but need to fund a range ofassistive equipment, instruments and accessories.
I am very excited to invite YOU, friends, family and local music fans to Harrys 'On the Road to London' Music Fundraiser - A music filled fundraiser to support me on my journey to pursuing my dreams as a professional trumpet player
Hosted at Bournemouth Electric Club on Thursday 5th August, the evening will be complete with performances from Siobhan & The Sunset Haze and Mischa & His Merry Men, a two course meal and a raffle containing some top notch prizes!
Youll be treated to an evening of fantastic music, but you will also be joining me in the release of my first ever solo EP, some of which you might just get to hear on the night!
Advance tickets £14 (available via eventbrite) or £18 on the door (subject to availability)
Meal includes one of the following options: fish & chips, balti/rice & naan, lasagne or veggie option plus dessert Oh!. Not to forget that the bar will be open too!
Doors open at 19.00 with food served at 19.20. Music from 20.00
Whats the story?
I established my love for music at just aged three and have spent many years playing in bands of all kinds. I have played at events from charity functions to weddings, to festivals and even the Royal Albert Hall.
For the past five years I have worked across the creative arts department at Victoria Education Centre where I studied from age 3-16. More recently I started freelance work as a brass tutor, session player and musical director.
Through my work both in the school and local music scene I always encourage people to give anything a try, irrelevant of disability or background - I really do believe you can achieve anything you want in life, you just have to believe in yourself and go for it!
Having undertaken a couple of road trips up to London to familiarise myself with the surrounding area it became clear that driving to and from Trinity is not always going to be the best option - its actually quicker to walk (or in my case wheel!) Obviously this for me will be difficult what with wheeling myself and trying to carry the several instruments that I need. On with my thinking capand my searches find a Rio Firefly. This is a wheel with handles bars and a battery which attaches to my wheelchair converting into a 3 wheeled electric chair - perfect for the short trip to and from Trinity. On with the thinking cap again as to how I am going to carry all my instruments. More searches and I find a case that will carry 5, yes 5, of my instruments and will either fit on my lap or my back. Sorted! Well kind of
With my ongoing work as a session player and musical director, I rely heavily on a Macbook to assit me in composing and recording music - Sadly my Macbook is well aged and has now become VERY slow and so I am in desperate need of a new one to meet my needs.
Unfortunately the cost of these items alongside other living and equipment costs is as you can imagine, way out of my financial reach.
After years of supporting charities through music, I am now asking for your support to help me on the road to London! A night, full of great music and food all for a worthy cause. Whats not to love?!?
I look forward to seeing you there!
If you cant make the event but would still like to show your support, a donation via my Virgin Money page would be very much appreciated - Click here to donate!
If you would like to check out the kind of work I do or find out more about my music background then please visit my site: Harry Bassett Music