Virtual Pershore Midsummer Brass

A popular brass band festival that usually descends on the small market town of Pershore in Worcestershire each year, is to go online this year in the face of Corona virus restrictions.

Saturday 4th July 2020 should have been the big day for the Pershore Midsummer Brass festival. Held in Pershore annually this event brings together bands from across the midlands and beyond, in a unique non-competitive festival of brass with as many as four venues around the town including The Angel Hotel and The Star Inn, providing twelve hours of music. Due to Covid-19 this year’s live event sadly had to be cancelled by the organisers who had been working on bringing bands together from as early as last July. 

But the great news is that, inspired by other events online during lockdown, the hard-working committee have organised a programme for Pershore Midsummer Brass fans to be performed online. Bands who had originally been looking forward to attending the festival have kindly provided virtual performances. Bands have supplied footage, some of which has been produced through remote lockdown recordings, other bands have supplied various recordings over the years. No band is able to rehearse in person and it is a remarkable effort for any band to have produced any virtual recording. 

As usual, the event began with a fanfare. This would normally be performed by a number of musicians who have to scale the heights of the Tower of Pershore Abbey. This year they will be thankful they do not have to climb the steps. Our Fanfare this year will be provided by the Jaguar Land Rover Band.

There will be performances every half an hour through the day from 10am. The event would normally provide twelve hours of music for fans of brass bands. At the moment, the final performance will be at approximately 4.30, however this may change if more bands provide performances. The final piece will be a performance of a new piece by Lockdown Brass. Lockdown Brass is a band with members from three of our local bands - Malvern Hills, Malvern Chase and Worcester Concert Brass - organised to support members at this difficult time. Their most recent recording, is a piece composed especially to honour the NHS during this difficult time ‘Song for the Frontline’, which is composed by Fodens Band’s principle trombone player and first performed virtually by Fodens Band.

John West, the chair of the Pershore Midsummer Brass committee says “We are, of course, disappointed not to be together enjoying wonderful music with good company, but be assured that next year we will be striving to make good on what we have missed this year. We are, like everybody else, hoping that ‘normality’ will return soon.”