Derwent Brass are mending broken hearts

A Christmas Charity Concert is to be held in Derby next week  to raise much needed funds for the British Heart Foundation’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

Derwent Brass, Derby’s very own Championship Section Brass Band, are hosting their annual festive event on Saturday  December 8 from 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) at Landau Forte College Theatre.

Special guests for the evening will be the equally popular Dalesmen Male Voice Choir.

Derwent Brass have brought the brass band into the 21st century with wide ranging repertoire, slick presentation, talented soloists and featured performers, and have truly earned themselves the title of Derby’s Premier Brass Band. Based on previous years this event is set to be a great night of varied musical entertainment from both band and choir to really lift launch us into the Christmas season.

Chris Leonard, marketing manager for Derwent Brass, said: “We are proud to be supporting the BHF’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal this Christmas.

“Every year, the band organise and perform at least two charity concerts with proceeds going to a worthy cause as voted for by the audience who attended the previous event. This rolling campaign means we can support the local community not only through concerts, workshops and other brass music promotion, but also through a wide array of fantastic charities.

“Not only are BHF a very well organised and appreciative body of people, but with various members of the band having a personal connection with the importance of preventing heart failure, Derwent Brass are delighted to help Mend Broken Hearts this Christmas.”

Sophie Jardine, BHF fundraising manager in Derbyshire, said: “The appeal was launched last year to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Its goal is simple – to fund the research that could begin to literally ‘mend broken hearts’.

“At the moment, there’s no cure for a broken heart. Once your heart muscle is damaged by a heart attack, it can never fully recover. But this ground- breaking research will help us to learn how to teach the human heart to ‘heal itself’. I hope the event is a huge success, and I’d like to thank all involved for choosing to support our vital appeal.”

Tickets are £7.50 in advance and £8 on the door, with children under 14 half price. They are available to purchase from or Foulds Music on Iron Gate, Derby. There is free parking, a licensed bar and full disabled access for the event.

For more information please contact the Derwent Brass hotline on 07891 231551 or email

If you’d like to discuss fundraising in aid of the BHF contact Sophie Jardine, BHF fundraising manager on 01773 822302 or