Pershore Midsummer Brass is one of the highlights of our concert calendar every year. The event features 25 brass bands that play for a total of 12 hours in 3 different venues in Pershore. It was a rainy one this year but the audiences turned out and the bands entertained!
On the morning of Saturday 2nd July, The Staffordshire Band performed in the garden area of The Angel Inn, Pershore. Under the expert musical directorship of Mark Glover, the band played an all original programme for a near to full capacity audience – despite the rain!
We opened the programme with Light a piece composed by our resident composer, Samuel Shelley. To follow was a beautiful arrangement, also by Sam, of a choral piece, written by Will Todd, My Lord Has Come. A traditional march came next, again composed by Sam, Beside The Sea, which is a quirky arrangement of I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside. Although we couldn’t have been further from the seaside and it was raining – the audience loved it!
Next up was a world premiere performance of Walking the Bass, by our Principal EEb bass player, Ademola Odedina, the piece was especially written for him by Stephen Roberts. We closed the programme with a piece called Heroes Of Our Time, a composition by Sam Shelley as a tribute to all the front line workers during the Covid pandemic. All of the pieces feature on our latest CD, which is available to purchase from our online shop.
We’d like to thank all the organisers involved in the event and we look forward to performing next year.