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Three Peaks Brass band play at the top of three mountains for charity
A brass band raised over £15,000 for charity by climbing three mountains with their instruments.
Ten members of East London Brass, who rehearse at Trinity Church in Orford Road, Walthamstow, joined 20 players from brass bands across the UK to complete the three peaks challenge with a difference.
‘Three Peaks Brass’ saw participants carry over 100 kilograms of brass to the highest peaks in the UK, where the national song of each country was played.
Flower of Scotland was performed at the summit of Ben Nevis, Jerusalem featured at Scafell Pike and Land of my Fathers was played at Snowdon.
Conductor of East London Brass, Jayne Murrill, 40, described the experience as “amazing and horrendous at the same time.”
She said she was struck by the camaraderie in the group, even though some of them had just met for the first time.
She said: “Everyone was really supporting each other.
“It felt like a real family.
“I got my trombone up Ben Nevis but there’s no way I could’ve carried it up the other ones.
“Between us we got everything up and down. It was a real group effort.”
The ones to get to the top of Snowdon first played the theme tune to the films Rocky and Superman to encourage the slower members.
Miss Murrill said her highlight was playing Jerusalem at the top of Scafell Pike.
“It was briliiant," she said.
“Everyone felt very emotional as the sun was shining at the top. It was incredible.”
The group is already planning more fundraising adventures for next year.
Miss Murrill said: “Last night I had the feeling that I could do absolutely anything.
“I think everyone is feeling really proud of what we have done and the money we’ve raised for the MS Society, it’s much more than we thought it would be.”
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