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Mayors concert 15th March 2024

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Friday evening saw the band play at the Mayor of Worcesters annual charity concert. This year it was in aid of Age UK (Worcester and Malvern Hills). The theme was songs from the stage and silver screen. I think it's safe to say that the programme was very much enjoyed by the audience who all had toes tapping throughout, and we ended the night with a standing ovation!

Huge congratulations to John Winer our 2nd cornet player who was presented with the Presidents cup for his very much appreciated contribution to the band. John has taken over the role of librarian, which in itself is a huge task, but he is also dragging the band into modern times by digitalising the library. Thank you John for all you are doing!

The 2nd award went to Emma Oakes our principal euphonium, chair person and much more besides. Emma plays euphonium, and this should be a section of 2 people, but she holds it together on her own due do her being the only one. Euphonium has a lot of complex parts and you would never tell that Emma is doing this job on her own. Emma also does so much for the band behind the scenes, that is often overlooked or taken for granted, so it was lovely to see her recognised for her hard work. She is a major cog that keeps the band turning, so thank you very much for all you do for us.

This year we also have 30 years of being twinned with our friends over in Le Vesinet. The band has been over there a few times, and one or two people have been over on other occasions to celebrate our friendship.

Finally a well done to our soprano cornet player Eliza Nicol who has completed 25 years continuous service with the band. She joined back in 1999 on 2nd cornet whilst she was still at college aged 17. She then moved on to repiano cornet, then found her place on soprano cornet. After a short time on soprano cornet she moved on to flugel horn for some years. We then needed her to fill a gap "short term" on solo horn, where she stayed until a vacancy came back on soprano cornet which is where she has remained. She has seen many people pass through the band, or play, take time out and come back, but she has stayed with us over the past 25 years, and hopefully many more to come. That's over half her life spent with WCB - thank you for your service to the band.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our next concert - lido park in Droitwich May 12th 2.30 - 4.30 - bring a chair and a picnic and enjoy the music!


Band pays tribute to Peter Vaughan

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It is with great sadness that the band has sadly lost a long standing member of the band - Peter Vaughan.

Peter was playing on the back row when I joined the band 25 years ago. He was a valued 2nd cornet player who played in many concerts and rehearsals. He came along on the 2001 band trip to Kleve in Germany, and then left the band a while after to care for his wife Ruth. He then re joined the band a few years ago and made a huge difference to our back row as we had been struggling to fill seats on the back row. He very much enjoyed playing with the band, along with the social side that came with it. Peter retired from playing recently, and in December 2023 at the annual Christmas concert, he was awarded with a trophy for his service to the band.

The band held a silence in his memory last Tuesday in our rehearsal room. Thank you for the music Peter, and may you now rest in peace with Ruth.

Peters funeral will be at 11:30am at Worcester Crematorium on Wednesday 6th March

Here is a link to an Obituary published for Pete

https://erldc.org/obituary/pete-vaughan-obituary/

Liza


Annual concert for the Mayor's Charities

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Come see the band play at the Mayor's Charity Concert on Friday 15th March starting at 7.30pm. We will be playing music from the stage and silver screen.

The concert will take place at the Guildhall in Worcester (on the High st). Tickets are £10 which include either a glass of wine or a soft drink. Tickets are available from the tourist office next to the Guildhall, the Mayor's office and also from eventbrite.

It's going to be a great night not only with great music, but also raising funds for the Mayor's charity Age UK - Hereford, Malvern and Worcester localities.


Pershore Midsummer Brass 2020

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Pershore Midsummer Brass are delighted to confirm the virtual event on Saturday 4th July.

As usual the event will start at 10am with a Fanfare and then performances every half an hour until the final special performance by Lockdown Brass at approximately 4.30.

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Worcester Motor Festival

Worcester Concert Brass played at the Worcester Motor Show a couple of weeks ago. Although a little damp the music was appreciated by passers by with many staying to listen. We were helping to raise funds for the Samaritans and collected £119.83.