Virtual Pershore Midsummer Brass 2021
Following a successful online Pershore Midsummer Brass Festival in 2020, once again, this year, the festival cannot be held due to Covid Restrictions. The committee are therefore running a virtual event on YouTube which will be available for supporters to watch for free over the first weekend in July.
On Saturday 3rd July 2021 the Fanfare will ring out online at 10am, with performances by different bands published every 15 or 30 minutes through the day. The performances will remain available to watch again until 10pm on Sunday 4th July 2021.
Bands have been asked to provide a 15 minute or 30 minute video which may contain photos, a video or a mixture of both. There will be some new material that was not shown last year, however, Covid restrictions have meant it has not been possible for many brass bands to practice so new material may involve some ingenuity.
‘Performances’ include videos recorded at live gigs from before Covid, both inside theatres and at outside venues such as proms performances while some bands sent a video from one of their rehearsals. Some bands have even managed to meet online during lockdown and record a lockdown video.
This year’s videos are from 18 bands, some providing new programmes for this year and some repeating last year’s performance. With a Fanfare to commence the proceedings at 10am performed by Langley Band.
We are pleased to announce the list of those bands who have contributed to this year’s virtual Pershore Midsummer Brass:
A W Parker (Drybrook)
Arrow Valley Brass
Bretforton Silver Band
City of Coventry
Cleobury Mortimer Concert Brass
Jaguar Land Rover
Langley Community Band
Malvern Hills Brass Band
Shipston Town Band
Stour Concert Brass
Stourport on Severn
Tewksbury Town Band
Worcester City Brass
Worcester Concert Brass
We also welcomed contributions from bands that would not usually participate in Pershore Midsummer Brass so viewers might see some bands they don’t normally get to see, including a possibly video from Perscoran Brass, who we had hoped to host in a reunion concert.
Please follow the link to watch the event on YouTube over the weekend or search you tube for Pershore Midsummer Brass.
In an additional plea, the committee are hoping to start organising a live Pershore Midsummer Brass for 2022, with the hope that things will be back to normal by then. If anyone is interested in helping to organise this, please do get in touch. No brass band experience required, just a tuba case full of enthusiasm.