Through the new Drawing Breath Music Group, Jean set up a collaboration between the Betteshanger Brass Band and Annie Whitehead, professional jazz trombonist and composer and commissioned Annie to compose a new piece of music for the band. The Drawing Breath Music Project is grateful to the PRS Foundation for funding this project, which celebrates music made by breath and breathing and acknowledges the history of occupational lung disease in the mining community that gave rise to the existence of brass bands in the first place.
The new composition was premiered by the Betteshanger Band at the launch concert of the Deal Music Festival on 5th July 2008 (see Events page for details)
Jean has also undertaken a health-themed residency based on her coastal journey with Year Five at Herne Bay Junior School this summer term, building a life-size bicycle sculpture with driftwood collected from the Kent coast. These children will be able to make a trip to see their work at the Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre during "Drawing Breath Recycled" this term.
Jean is collaborating with other arts practitioners, teachers and health workers on much of this work. She would also like to hear from arts practitioners who might be interested in making work that responds to the themes of the Drawing Breath project with other communities.