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“None of the light, fuzzy edges of Brassed Off; it is a hard story about the limitations placed on working-class lives, capturing teenage desperation, depression and fulfilment through music…riveting”
The Guardian



This fictional story of a talented but troubled young horn player stars Anna Russell-Martin, with a sonorous score recorded by a bespoke band including principal players from Black Dyke, Grimethorpe, Fairey and Brighouse, and featuring BBC Young Musician of the Year, Sheona White as “the voice of Keli” on tenor horn.

Martin Green has spent the last year immersing himself in brass banding, surrounded by the communities, the competition and the legacy of coal. Inspired by the resilient, creative individuals he has met, he’s produced  a three-part BBC documentary, LOVE, SPIT AND VALVE OIL, a new piece of music Split The Air and this audio drama, KELI, commissioned by The Lyceum and created with Lyceum associate artist Wils Wilson with whom Martin made last year's acclaimed audio drama The Portal.



In alphabetical order

Willie James Cosmo
MG Martin Green
Bus Driver Jamie Kenna
Lady Snaresgrove Liz Kettle
Amy Laura Lovemore
Brian Billy Mack
Policeman/Compere Ross Mann
Jayne Carmen Pieraccini 
Kelli Anna Russell-Martin 
Saskia Gemma Stroyan 

Written and created by Martin Green
Co-directed by Wils Wilson
Music composed by Martin Green
Score Orchestrated by Benjamin Woodgates

Conducted by Mark Heron
Sound Design by Martin Green with thanks to Eloise Whitmore

Final mix by Garry Boyle
Music recorded by and audio drama mixed by Calum and Cameron Malcolm
Producer Martin Atkinson
Assistant Producer Mikaela Atkins Blake
Audio Engineer Louis Blatherwick
Script Editor Kate Leys
Executive Producer for Lepus Productions Martin Atkinson
Created by Lepus Productions

With thanks to Sandy Butler, Jon Calvert, Bilge Nur Yilmaz, Becca Gaskell


Mark Harrison Soprano Cornet, Tom Smith Principal Cornet, Thomas Fountain Solo Cornet, Ian Culcross Solo Cornet, Stephen Murphy Solo Cornet, Kirsty Abbotts Repiano Cornet, Alicia Davis 2nd Cornet, Laura Conway 2nd Cornet, Niall Mulvoy 3rd Cornet, Hayley Moore 3rd Cornet, Dave Moore Flugal, Sheona White Solo Tenor Horn, Siobhan Bates 1st Tenor Horn, Emma Conway 2nd Tenor Horn, Gary Curtin Solo Euphonium, Dave Thornton 2nd Euphonium, Amy Ewen Solo Baritone, Ben Smith 2nd Baritone, Tom Berry Solo Trombone, Ellena Newton 2nd Trombone, Alex Kelly Bass Trombone, Harry Cunningham Solo E-flat Bass, Andy Mallon E-flat Bass, Stuart Beard Solo B-flat Bass, Matt Wade B-flat Bass

Funded by PRS Foundation, Creative Scotland, The Marchus Trust and The SpaceKELI has been commissioned by The Lyceum and Shetland Arts. KELI contains elements of The Servant by Hermynia Zur Mühlen and translated by Jack Zipes.

Photography and filming by Sandy Butler ​

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