We’ve been having a wonderful time out and about this summer, showcasing the finest regional brass talent at two bandstand festivals in Somerset. We love bandstands because they enable people of all ages and backgrounds to experience live music for free in an outdoors setting. The weather has been kind to us this year and I think it’s fair to say we’ve even had more than our fair share of sunshine!
Blake Gardens Bandstand Festival
We programmed the annual Blake Garden Concert series in Bridgwater, as we have done for the past 6 years. Local people turn out on a weekly basis to enjoy the music in the beautiful setting of the park. The lovely team from the Blake Museum have provided top quality cakes as the perfect accompaniment.
Wells Summer Music Festival
We have also taken on the organising of the annual Wells summer bandstand festival. This has been run voluntarily for over 10 years by two local gentlemen. When these coordinators decided it was time to retire we didn’t want to see the festival fall by the wayside: it has become an integral part of the cultural tapestry of England’s smallest city. So we put together a team of local charities, societies and helpful residents to ensure the concerts went ahead. Now up to 200 members of the local community attend the concerts each week, come rain or shine. Audiences have helped to raise money for Wells Rotary, Oxfam, Arthritis Society and YMCA whilst enjoying brass ensembles that perform on the historic bandstand in the heart of the city.
Massed Bands – and upcoming Festivals
Last week in Wells saw a very special event in the form of a Massed Bands concert. Members of Wells City Band performed alongside up-and-coming junior players from bands across the region. It was a happy occasion for all involved as local resident George Rhodes celebrated his 101st birthday and was presented with a cake by Freeman of Wells Nancy Dodd.
Next week Glastonbury Brass will take to the stage in Wells. Formerly a competing band of Yeovil, they have now decamped to the nearby Somerset town of Glastonbury. There they continue to perform for the benefit of communities across the South West. Find out more about the history of the band here. Our festivals continue until 3rd September. The full lineup can be found below: