Issue 5970

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Wychavon Festival of Brass filling up

Tuesday 4 July, 2017

The Wychavon Festival of Brass will take place once more in the Worcesteshire riverside town of Evesham on 28 October 2017. The organising team, led by Chair Val Trim, is bracing itself for a bumper entry this time around, the result of many years of hard work in re-establishing Wychavon as one of the premier entertainment contests on the brass band calendar. “Entries are up very significantly on those received at this time last year. Bands at every level are advised to get their entries in very quickly now. Leaving it until the last minute is only courting possible disappointment,” Val commented.

Although the official date for the close of entries is 5 September, with the draw taking place only a few days later, the level of interest in the contest is such that detailed preparations are already being made to cater for the anticipated higher level of entries. Stewarding the contest effectively remains a priority and, as Wychavon’s reputation for the warmth of its welcome for competing bands grows year on year, special attention is being given to the management of huge numbers of players turning up to compete. The onsite catering too is very likely to be increased so that hungry bandsmen and women can grab a bite wherever they are at the contest.

The haul of prizes and prize money has been increased. The Entertainment prize available in each section now has £100 attached to it for the most imaginative and best choreographed band. Val added: “The visual entertainment that bands have presented us with at Wychavon has declined in recent years, and that’s a pity. It enhances the audience’s overall enjoyment of the competition and demonstrates the professionalism and slickness that many bands can achieve when they put their hearts and souls into providing that added dimension. Some apt, careful and well-executed choreography can add new vitality to a band’s performance and we look forward to some great shows this year!”

Some special awards are planned too. Wychavon wants to encourage the participation of youngsters and will be awarding a trophy to the youngest child in a training or junior band and another for the youngest member of a senior band. Junior bands are welcome at the Festival and are urged to get in touch with the organising team for more details.

The Wychavon Festival of Brass committee is looking forward to what it hopes will be the best contest ever. They are working hard to ensure the day is a complete success. Anyone interested in joining this vibrant team should contact the Chair Val Trim (07780 665558) at their earliest opportunity. Full details of contest rules, entry forms, entry fees and prizes are available on the website: 

Don’t delay: Enter today!