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Malvern Hills District Brass Band.
Ambitious 4th section band, providing music to suit all occasions.
Founded in January 1979, Malvern Hills District Brass Band (MHDBB) celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2009 and is now led by Musical Director, Chris License.
The original members came from all over the country, bringing experience from bands such as Hanwell, Mirrlees, Desford and Shirley. The newly formed band began its successful contest history with a third prize win at the Pontin’s Festival (Brean Sands) in Easter 1980 and has competed regularly since then (in the Third and Fourth Sections) to win trophies, shields, certificates and banners for performances at Pontin's, The Wychavon Festival of Brass, Leamington Spa, Coleford, The Whit Friday Marches, Burford and Weston-Super-Mare; as well as the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.
Qualifying for the National Finals five times, MHDBB has been privileged to perform twice at the Royal Albert Hall, London — most recently in 2000, with Chris Lewis as MD.
With an extensive repertoire the band performs throughout the year and has entertained abroad in Holland, Malta, Germany and France. Carolling at Christmas makes the band especially busy and since 1997 its Christmas Charity Concert at Huntingdon Hall in Worcester has been an important annual event, helping to raise thousands of pounds for other local charities.
Originally the Abbey Grounds, the park is very close to the main part of the town and provides a fresh green setting for this historic but still vibrant Abbey.
The park has lovely mature trees including a tree carving sculpture and plenty of open grass area. There is a children's play area, a children's water play area and also a skate park.
The bandstand, which officially opened on the 28th November 2010, came about due to Pershore Youth Council who in September 2009 took the idea of a youth shelter to Pershore Town Council and after consideration chose a bandstand as it would serve a dual purpose.
The Town Clerk from Pershore and the Parks Officer from Wychavon District Council worked together on the project. The Youth Council raised some of the money by holding a music festival and other activities, and the Town Clerk successfully sought a variety of other funders, as can be seen from the panel inside the shelter.
Anyone wishing to hold a band concert in the park during the summer should contact the Pershore Town Clerk on 01386 561561.
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