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Unique McCann Cornet Opportunity

Derwent Brass are proud to be creating an amazing opportunity for you to own a Boosey and Hawkes prototype cornet, developed and built for the Soverign model by Phillip McCann during his illustrious time at Black Dyke. This instrument was presented to our partner charity 'Brass for Africa' at the 2017 RNCM Festival of Brass Bands by Phillip McCann during his performance conducting Grimethorpe in their festival concert and is being auctioned by Derwent Brass.

Brass for Africa Brass Ambassador Chris Fower is pictured receiving the generous donation.

The instrument is in totally original condition with no lacquer and shows a patina and wear pattern from being played in some of the most notable, winning performances and concerts by Phillip McCann. As a genuine, working prototype the cornet bears no serial number or trade marks and a letter of authenticity from Phillip McCann, including the provenance of it’s illustrious past, will be provided to the successful bidder. This is truly an exceptional piece of brass band history and the kind of item that rarely is available to purchase, often moving directly into a private collection.

The proceeds of this sale will be donated by Derwent Brass to Brass for Africa’s current campaign ‘The Children Of Kampiringisa’ working with “the Big Give” all monies donated for the purchase of this instrument will be doubled.

Kampiringisa is Uganda’s only juvenile rehabilitation facility, housing vulnerable street children alongside youth “at conflict with the law”. The children of Kampiringisa face a number of challenges that can have a significant impact on their well-being, development, and future. Living conditions are very poor and when children arrive at Kampiringisa they have lost trust, they have lost love. There is an urgent need to rehabilitate these children and lead an effort to engage them back into society. It is the government’s responsibility to care for and protect these children and they have given their full support for Brass for Africa to assist in improving the quality of life within the Centre.

Brass for Africa provides brass instruments, lessons and brass band training alongside life-skill training and psychosocial support to more than 250 children in the centre each week. This campaign needs to raise £10,265 in order for Brass for Africa to be able to continue this outstanding and successful work.

Interested in buying this unique piece of brass making history?! It is currently on auction online here.

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