Interview with Andrew Kershaw of the Queen Victoria's Consort Ensemble

4BR talks to Andrew Kershaw about a wonderful initiative that has brought the sound of traditional brass ensemble music to people in care homes and nursing homes in a new and brilliantly inventive presentation.

  The ensemble raised funds to make the concert performance and put it online.

Can't see the audio player below? Visit soundcloud.com/4barsrest

4BR catches up with Andrew Kershaw, the founder of the Queen Victoria's Consort — a wonderful brass ensemble that performs of original brass instruments and period clothing.


They have just completed producing a fantastic free online concert aimed at bringing the sound of 'Brass from the Past' — a musical journey back in time played on 19th century instruments that can be enjoyed by people who have been unable to access free live music during the past 12 months due to Covid-19.

There is a special emphasis on making sure people in care and nursing homes are able to enjoy the music as the concert can be accessed online.

There is a special emphasis on making sure people in care and nursing homes are able to enjoy the music as the concert can be accessed online4BR


It's a real treat — with the music played superbly by the performers and added to by a charismatic narrator or poetry and a great Scott Joplin dancer as well as some great little insights and explanations about the instruments themselves.

All you have to do is go to: https://www.queenvictoriasconsort.co.uk/ to enjoy it all, or straight to YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPTWuze-otQ

Share it around — especially to people who may not have the usual chance to enjoy some great period brass music making...

Become a supporter and help make our future secure.

4barsrest continues to be a proudly independent voice. There are no paywalls to overcome to be able to enjoy what we do to keep our journalism at the heart of the brass banding world. Support us with a one-off donation or subscribe from just £2.50 per month.

Support us    


4BR Monday Interview with Mark Bromley

April 19 • 4BR talks to Mark Bromley, the CEO of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain to chat about the past year as well as the exciting future in prospect for the organisation.


Go exploring with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

April 18 • 4BR talks to Ben Jennings of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as they prepare to host a workshop day exploring the musical secrets of the ensemble in partnership with the University of the West of England and Bristol University.


Scotland sees easing of Covid-19 restrictions

April 18 • There is some good news for Scottish banding in the latest announcement from their First Minister — but it all depends on the data for the future.


Extended deadline for National Eisteddfod of Wales

April 18 • A relaxation of regulations means bands have extra time to provide their online entries for the National Eisteddfod of Wales brass band competitions.

Contest: 100thSpring Festival

Saturday 8 May • 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL

Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA

Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 18 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL40 4SH

Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Sunday 19 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL40 4SH

Contest: National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain

Saturday 2 October • Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP

Chinnor Silver

April 19 • With rehearsals starting soon in line with government guidelines we are looking to strengthen BACKROW CORNETS &PERCUSSION TEAM concerts and contests planned.we rehearse on wednesdays in our own bandroom check out our lockdown performances and come join us

Chadderton Band

April 17 • Chadderton Band is a friendly non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections of the band particularly on Euph Drums and Horn. Come along for a blow most welcome.

Oxford Cherwell Brass

April 14 • Returning to the band room in May we have vacancies for second and third cornets. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings 8-10pm at Edward Feild School, Kidlington. The band has engagements and contests lined up from late summer onwards.

Phil Lawrence

Composer and conductor


 © 2021 4barsrest.com Ltd