Monday 22 October 2012 

Dougie helps the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra swap instruments for bats


Bears Assistant Coach Dougie Brown has been helping some of the best classical musicians in the country swap their instruments for cricket bats to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and for the Musicians Benevolent Fund.

Members of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra took part in the English National Opera’s Orchestra Super 8 tournament over the weekend at the MCC Cricket Academy at Lords. Ahead of the event Dougie worked with them in a training session at the Edgbaston Cricket Centre to ensure that the team were on top form to pitch their skills against the eight other cricket teams made up of orchestral musicians from across the county.

Adrian Spillet, Section Leader Percussion for the CBSO said: “We’re hoping to raise both money and awareness for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the Musicians Benevolent Fund. Both are important charities that strike a chord with people and musicians up and down the country.

“The competition is tough. Not only are some musicians fine performers in their own right but we hear their also pretty good cricket players. We’re asking people to dig deep and support us in our quest to bring the Orchestra Super 8s title to the CBSO and to Birmingham”.

The CBSO’s team of cricket enthusiasts includes the CBSO’s Associate Conductor and Captain Mike Seal, trumpeters Jon Quirk, Alan Thomas and Jon Holland, double bassist Julian Walters, violinists Byron Parish and Gabriel Dyker. They will bowl, bat and field their way through their competition which consists of teams made up of players from English National Opera Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Freelance Players, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Session Musicians.

Jonathan Manners, the organiser of the event said “Cricket is a passion for so many orchestral musicians, and it is therefore fitting that this competition has started in order to raise money for two fantastic causes. We hope this becomes an annual event so we can continue our fundraising efforts in the years to come.”

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