An afternoon of music with Shipston Town Band

Join ‘An Afternoon of Music with Shipston Town Band’ on Saturday 21 October to raise funds for next year’s Pershore Midsummer Brass. The event will be held in beautiful Pershore Abbey with tickets at £10.00 available on the door, or beforehand from Blue on Broad Street, Pershore. Refreshments and raffle on the day, and accompanied children under 16 can attend for free. It starts at 2.00pm.

Chairman of the Pershore Midsummer Brass organising committee John West said: ‘Most years we organise fundraising concerts for Pershore Midsummer Brass, and this year we are delighted to welcome Shipston Town Band who are well known in the area and have an excellent reputation for good music.’

Shipston-on-Stour Town Band is over 100 years old, having given its first public performance in 1912. It has gone from strength to strength, now supporting three bands: Stour Concert Brass, Shipston Town Band and SJB Training Band.

The Shipston Town band is conducted by David Birch, an experienced and highly competent euphonium player who has spent many years working with, encouraging and training the band’s many future players. This has been a year of fantastic achievements for Shipston, the competing band of the three Shipston-on-Stour town bands. 14 year old band member Luke Barker took top cornet chair in the National Youth Children’s Band, while young solo cornet player Grace Coates passed her Association Board Grade Six examination with distinction; and the band as a whole took sixth place in the Midland Area Brass Band Championships.

Pershore Midsummer Brass is a unique non-competing festival of brass music in the beautiful Georgian market town of Pershore, attracting bands from across the Midlands and beyond, while visitors have attended from as far away as Scotland and the south coast. John West says, ‘Next year’s Pershore Midsummer Brass will be held on Saturday 7 July 2018 between 10.00am–10.00pm; we just hope the sun will shine once more.’

Further details are on the website: www.pershoremidsummerbrass.org.uk