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The band was formed in March 1982 as the Nunnery Wood Youth Band by a group of local parents and staff from Nunnery Wood High School. It's aim was to give young people who had played in bands while at school an opportunity to continue playing in a brass band after they had left. It's members were originally drawn from staff, pupils and ex-pupils of a number of schools around the city and its Musical Director was Mr Tony White (Head of Music at Nunnery Wood High School).

A change in Musical Director in September 1992 to Mr Roy Turner (Brass Teacher - Worcester Royal Grammar School) and a reduction in the number of pupils being taught brass instruments in schools forced the band to look for more mature members and so a change of name was felt more appropriate and the band became Worcester Concert Brass in September 1993.

From its inception, the band had relied on its performing income and a number of grants from the Worcester Arts Council and other local charities to buy music and a small number of instruments. It was also fortunate to have the use of spare school instruments. A membership fee (£50 Adult & £25 Junior) was introduced in September 1993 to make the band more viable and enable it to purchase instruments that would help to improve the performance standard and ensure the long-term stability of the Band.

Worcester Concert Brass is supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England and was given a grant of £47,000 in 1997. It has spent £56800 since 1994 on new equipment and instruments

Band Performance Highlights

  • October 1996 Band Tour to LeVesinet France
  • November 1995 Olympia - London
  • October 1989 Band Tour to Kléve Germany
  • November 1987 Concert under the Baton of the late Band Leader Geoff Love

Musical Directors

  • Chris License, current Musical Director from January 2013
  • Brian Hodgetts, March 1999 - December 2012
  • Ian Imray, April 1996 - Feb 1999
  • Roy Turner, September 1992 - March 1996
  • Tony White, March 1982 - June 1992

Written by Tim on Friday April 15, 2016

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