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One man and his tuba?

A cyclist is travelling around the East Midlands on his bike,
and his tuba.

"Inner Tuba" will be presented by Jon Hodkin, a professional tuba player.
He will travel by bicycle from venue to venue, towing his instrument, stage clothing
and backdrops in a trailer custom built for tuba transportation.

He intends to play at 60 venues across the entire East Midlands
Region. He will travel an average of 50 miles a day, over 20 days, covering a total
of 1000 miles, across the region. Many venues are now booked, and the Itinerary will
soon be published on his

He will give three performances each day. Typically, one at a junior School, one
at a Day Centre or Hospital, and one in a "Free Space" – a town square,
railway station, airport departure lounge, public park, long distance cycle path,
sports centre, market place – anywhere that people go! Three shows will be prepared,
one aimed at schools, one at special needs establishments, and one for performance
in free spaces. All performances will be lively, humorous and informative, and will
give Jon the opportunity to develop his solo work. It is intended that people from
the widest range of backgrounds will benefit from the residency.

Progress will be publicised on the "Inner Tuba" Website, with updates
from the road, using a laptop computer, modem, digital camera, and mobile phone,
all powered by a combination of dynamo hubs built into the wheels, and photovoltaic
cells mounted on the trailer. No grid power will be necessary for the media and public
to follow this human powered roadshow, which will combine artistic skills with sustainable

Jon Hodkin 39, is a freelance tuba player who performs regularly in and beyond the
East Midlands region. Notably, he is a member of the Derby based Alexandra Brass
Quintet. He told us "Inner Tuba combines two of my great enthusiasms – travel
by bicycle and music making !"


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