Brass Band

Nativity & Brass Band Carol Concert

On Tues 17th December 2019, the Pebworth First School performed twice, their Christmas Nativity play and Brass Band Carol concert in the village hall. It was a huge success, showing the musical talents of the school’s recorders, hand-bells and of course the brass band, as well as the wonderful performances of the younger children as they retold the Christmas story. Both performances had full audiences who were supplied with refreshments by The Friends and who also organised a superb raffle. Many thanks goes to all those who made donations to help support the brass band and music at the school. A fantastic time was had by all and a huge well done to all the children!

PFS Brass Band Carol Concert in St Peter’s Church

On Thursday 12th December 2019, the Pebworth First School Brass Band held their first ever carol concert in St Peter’s Church. The children practiced in the church in the morning and were very excited to perform to an audience in the afternoon. It was a fabulous concert for all those attending, which included many from the village. Everyone joined in singing the carols of How Far is it to Bethlehem? Away in a Manager, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Good King Wenceslas and Joy to the World. The audience were also impressed by the wonderful performances of Walking in the Air and Christmas Swing which the band performed as solo pieces. It was made particularly special as Rev Scott was also playing the euphonium as a member of the brass band. Many thanks goes to all those who made a donation to the brass band which will help with the purchase of future instruments and equipment. Well done everyone!

Summer Music Concert 2019 a Huge Success!

What a fantastic fanalé to the end of the summer term! The Pebworth children did themselves proud in all their performances, making the Summer Music Concert 2019 a huge success with the Friends and staff working tirelessly, and families coming together to watch our wonderfully talented children sing and play. The first half showcased our fabulous choir, singing a collection of pieces covering ‘togetherness,’ followed by encouraged, audience participation, in a 3-part spiritual medley. Our recorder ensembles, from beginners to seniors, gave their absolute best to wow the audience, who were comfortably seated enjoying their picnic refreshments, kindly supplied by the Friends and Mrs Tomes. The second half started with two thrilling handbell arrangements swiftly followed by the entrance of the Pebworth First School Brass Band. The audience were greatly impressed by the dancing skills of the conductor Luca Whittle, as the band made their way to their seats! The brass band, wearing their purple embroidered uniform for the first time (thanks to Todd at Valesports), started with a fanfare and continued to entertain the audience with pieces with a summer theme. There was also the opportunity for the audience to listen to a couple of small brass ensembles where some our children could show off their musical skills. During the interval the audience were able to view and purchase the children’s beautiful artwork, as well as choose from a great selection plants and of course purchase raffle and tombola tickets, organised by the Friends. The whole concert was extremely well received with lots of positive feedback and we would like to say a huge thank you to the Friends, all the staff and everyone who went the extra mile, including the children, to help make this concert such a fantastic success. We would also like to thank Nigel Smith from the Fleece Inn, Bretforton, for the loan of a marquee and of course all the audience, for their most generous donations, gratefully received, which will help support the band and music department in purchasing new equipment and instruments. Thank you all very, very much for supporting the school and of course the children.

Brassit! Schools unite with a passion for BRASS!

On Friday July 5th, the ‘Pebworth First School Brass Band’ travelled to Bretforton Village School, to participate in their first ever joint brass band workshop! The Bretforton children were feeling excited for they had only been learning to play brass instruments for 18 weeks. This month marks the first year anniversary for the Pebworth school brass band, which was formed in July 2018. Together both schools formed a massive brass band of 38 players, which included 8 trombones, 4 baritones, 4 Eb horns, 2 euphoniums, 2 Eb basses, 17 cornets and 1 conductor! Everyone had a go at playing various pieces such as Sunset Orange, and Drunken Sailor, as well as listening to a couple of ensembles, where the Pebworth cornets and horn player played “Oh When the Saints” and “Love Me Tender”. The whole workshop finished with the very popular “The Blues”, which everyone loved to play. The children were then given the opportunity to make new friends outside and we hope this will be the start of a very special friendship between the two schools. The Bretforton children thoroughly enjoyed their first ever brass band experienced and both schools agreed that we should definitely do it again. A big thank you too to all the adult helpers whose support made this event happen.

Beware conductors meeting!

Sunday 2nd June 2019 The Conductor of Pebworth First School Brass Band meets the Conductor of Bretforton Silver Band!

On Sunday 26th May 2019, Luca and his family attended the famous Asparagus Auction in Bretforton, at the Fleece Inn. Whilst there, Luca, conductor of the Pebworth First School Brass Band, met John Wood, the conductor of the Bretforton Silver Band and the band. Shortly after receiving some handy conducting tips, John introduced Luca to the audience and Luca raised his baton and started, for the first time ever, to conduct Bretforton Silver Band! He did a tremendous job, having never seen the music before and John even commented that he may be out of a job!

May 10th 2019: PFS Brass Band Concert helps raise money for the repair of St Peter’s porch roof

The village hall was packed on the evening of Friday 10th May and everyone was excited to hear the brass band play.
Surprisingly the concert started not with the brass band, but with ‘Morning has Broken’ and ‘All Things Bright & Beautiful’, played smoothly by the PFS hand-bells. Then, as if by magic, the hand-bells became the fabulous brass band and under the supreme leadership of conductor Luca Whittle, the band struck up their first piece : ‘A Day in the Park’. The audience were also delighted to hear an arrangement of ‘Love Me Tender’, performed by cornet players: George Hirst, Finlay Parkins, Jessica Morgan, Felicity Gillet, Harlow Harrison and Rachel Scott on Eb bass. The first half of the concert naturally concluded with another hand-bell piece called ‘Pirates’ which enthralled the audience.

The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and performed fabulously and they even impressed the members of Bretforton Silver Band who had come along to support the event! The second half of the concert continued with a brass ensemble playing a variety of pieces including ‘Sunnyside of the Street’ and ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, as well as three solos on trombone, tenor horn and cornet accompanied by Marcel Zidani on the piano. Many children stayed to listen and were totally blown away by what they heard, asking parents if they could go to brass band concerts in the future! A tremendous evening for everyone and Liz Spencer was pleased to announce that a grand total of £359.28 had been raised to help repair the church porch roof. Well done to everyone and a big thank you to all the helpers involved in supporting this event.

Christmas 2018 - The Pebworth First School Brass Band bring joy to all at Christmas!

The Pebworth First School Brass Band played triumphantly at their first ever Christmas carol concert at the village hall on the 19th & 20th December. The whole school took part and the school choir were pleased to be joined by the Pebworth village choir led by Peter Harrison. The evening started with a warm welcome from the conductor of the brass band, Mr Luca Whittle where everyone was encouraged to join in with the singing and participate in the fund raising activities organised by the Friends, where fantastic prizes could be won.

The first half of the concert consisted of three carols with a mini-nativity performance by the younger children, followed by a well-executed performance of The Coventry Carol in 3-parts, by the recorder ensemble. This was followed by a warmly received performance of ‘Deck the Halls’ by the hand-bells.

The interval provided the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and tombola prizes, as well as refreshments, all provided by the Friends. The second half got off to a flying start with another mini-nativity to ‘We Three Kings’, followed by more carols and a 4-part arrangement of ‘O Christmas Tree’ played by the recorders.

The audience were also given the opportunity to listen to several children from the brass band talk about why they like playing a brass instrument and what it means to them to be a member of the brass band.

The hand-bells concluded the concert with an arrangement of ‘Jingle Bells’ which was going well until page 2 where it fell apart and the children pointed out “It’s turned into ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ Mrs Taylor, you’ve set the wrong music!”, much to the amusement of the audience. After the false start and some quick music shuffling, they resumed and played magnificently and everyone joined in singing with the hand-bells as they played “We wish you a merry Christmas”.

The concert was a very well received and a great success for raising funds for the brass band and the school. Many financial donations were gratefully received as well as several gifts such as a wonderful hamper from the WI. The school would firstly like to say a big thank you to Sue Peace and the Parish Council who kindly paid for the hire of the village hall and Peter Harrison and the Pebworth Choir who joined us for both performances and with whom we hope to strengthen our friendship in the future. We would also like to thank Mr Ted Watson for supporting the brass band and giving Luca some excellent conducting tips and of course all the other brass band helpers such as Reverend Scott. A huge thank you goes to the staff who helped with the costumes and running of the concert and of course the Friends who did a tremendous job fund raising and keeping us all refreshed. Lastly an enormous round of applause must go to the children who performed and sang beautifully.