Pershore Midsummer Brass hopes to capture the essential spirit of Brass Band England’s ‘MAD 4 Brass Bands’ Day next weekend.
The event takes place in the wonderful market town on 6th July, with bands playing at various venues – all promoting and introducing brass band music to the general public.
Top Championship Section ensembles such as London finalists Tongwynlais Temperance, Flowers and Jaguar Land Rover can be heard in concert action, as well as host of local bands and some brilliant youth ensembles.
30 mile radius
In fact, practically every band within a 30 mile radius of Pershore appears several times across the day in one or other of the venues, with performances to enjoy from Audley, Arrow Valley, Avonbank, Bretforton, Cleobury, Malvern Hills, Malvern Chase, Rushden, Shipston, Shirley, Stourport, Tewkesbury, West Mercia, Worcester Concert, Winchcombe and many more besides.
Wake up call
A spokesperson told 4BR: "We are certainly going about our task to wake up the public in several ways, the first of which is the manner in which the event is heralded to the unsuspecting folk of Pershore first thing in the morning!"
That will see a group of local brass players announce the start of the Festival by launching a musical fanfare from the top of Pershore Abbey’s tower balcony that overlooks the Abbey green.
The fanfare, composed by local resident and brass musician, Ken Smith, incorporates tunes from a couple of nursery rhymes and introduces the theme of youth that marks this year’s event.
The musical backbone of the festival is provided by the numerous bands from across the Midlands region which will provide the wonderful music making for over 12 hours for the enjoyment of the packed crowds.
Many of them will perform in the newly enhanced public arena of Chapman Court for the enjoyment of passers-by and shoppers.
We are going about our task to wake up the public in several ways, the first of which is the manner in which the event is heralded to the unsuspecting folk of Pershore first thing in the morning!organisers
And as a little aperitif taster of what is to come, Bretforton Silver Band will give a free concert in the newly erected festival marquee at the rear of the popular Angel Inn at 8.00pm on the night before Midsummer Brass starts.
Pershore Midsummer Brass Ticket prices:
Twelve hours (ten am to ten pm), 5 venues, none stop entertainment: £12. Children under 10: Free entry
Free access at Chapman Court and free entry to the Youth Festival to be held in No.8 Theatre between 10.00am and 2.00pm.
See website for further details: www.pershoremidsummerbrass.org.uk