The Sunshine Orchestra Brass Buddies, is a virtual mentorship program started during this pandemic to connect musicians & teachers from across the globe with our students in India. We thank our Director of Brass - Lisa Sarasini for initiating this project and expressing her views about this program.
We welcome our new mentors to our ever expanding family and applaud their dedication to ensure that music indeed provides inspiration and comfort to all.
Throughout his career, he has worked with several renowned trumpeters and conductors.
Currently, he teaches Trumpet and Chamber Music at the Conservatório de Música de Paredes and at the Academia de Musica Costa Cabral. He is part of the Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa , the Orquestra da Costa Atlântica and is a founding member of the Concentus Trumpet Ensemble and the Invictus Brass Quintet.
Since his first performance with a professional orchestra in 2006, he has been regularly performing with all of the major orchestras in the north of England. Having previously been invited to India to perform with the Symphony Orchestra of India and the Bombay Chamber Orchestra, a return in 2019 saw him performing alongside the Shillong Chamber Choir.
His professional work includes performing with Lucerne Festival Academy, Symphony Orchestra Kuopio and performing the Strauss 1. Concerto with Jena Philharmonie, as well as solo engagements in South Korea.
In his time there, he won a series of awards, including the Trombone Solo prize two years running, the Brass Chamber Music competition, and the British Trombone Society Student of the Year award.
Over the past decade the impactful stories of the Sunshine Orchestra have inspired many, and this year with our Brass Buddy program, we hope to motivate you and once again establish the fact that Music has broken all boundaries.
Our mentors and students have expressed their happiness, to be able to exchange their gift of music.
Of the relationship Jim Bulger, Brass Buddy mentor says,
“The fact that I can effectively communicate and advise my Sunshine Orchestra Brass Buddy (Karthick) from a different country, in a language that isn’t his first language and during a global pandemic with all the restrictions that it offers, is a testament to the universal language of music.”
From our student Karthik,
"I enjoy having Jim as my brass buddy. He is funny and kind and sends me brass videos every week. It feels great to hear the sound of his beautiful trumpet and he comments on my videos with helpful advice. Being stuck at home at this time, I do not always feel motivated but Jim's videos always lift me up"
Each and everyone of you have created a special moment in time for our foundation. We would like to thank all of you for allowing us to experience your gifts and for us to continue to share the gift of music.