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Fabulous concert in store at Pershore Abbey when West Mercia Police Band celebrate 30th Anniversary with Gala Concert

A fabulous evening of music and spectacle is in store at Pershore Abbey on Saturday 20 October, when West Mercia Police Band celebrate their 30th Anniversary with a Gala Concert.

They are being joined on the night by the fabulous Rock Choir and their compere for the evening is BBC presenter Joanne Malin.

The evening represents a double celebration as the concert is being staged in support of Acorns Children's Hospice who are also celebrating their 30th anniversary, with all proceeds from the Concert going to Acorn.

The repertoire for the evening will be a wonderful mix of traditional and modern pieces in a range of moods guaranteed to appeal to all musical tastes, with the Rock Choir will also raise the rooftops with an upbeat and inspiring spread of songs.

The West Mercia Police Band was originally formed in 1987 as the Band of West Mercia Constabulary and since then has established an impeccable reputation for both top class musical performance and devoted work to improve the community. Since being formed the Band has raised almost £500,000 for a range of worthy causes across the west midlands.  

Highlights in the Band's history include fundraising for Sri Lanka after the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, raising £40,000 for Cancer Research in partnership with Victoria Wood, twice qualifying for the National Brass Band Championships in their section, and frequently appearing at the prestigious Birmingham Symphony Hall.

The Rock Choir , led by talented multi-instrumentalist Helen Jones, have now been going strong for 13 years, achieving an award-winning standard of excellence and support hundreds of local communities and raising money for charity.

During their 30 years of providing care and support for children in the midlands, Acorns  have grown to be the largest children's hospice in world, helping over 870 children and more than a thousand families in their three hospices and their community and family homes.

Acclaimed BBC presenter Joanne Malin will adding even more glamour to the evening. A TV and radio journalist across the West Midlands for some 20 years, Joanne is passionate about music, has often worked with the West Mercia Police Band and is always delighted to compere concerts in a good cause.

Richard Waterhouse, West Mercia Police Band Chairman, said:

"The Gala Concert promises to be a fantastic evening in a really good cause. the Band's ethos of taking music into the community, raising funds for charities and encouraging young people through music is as relevant today as when we first started, I want to thank everyone who has helped make the evening possible, especially the fantastic Rock Choir our wonderful compere Joanne Malin. I must also pay tribute to our sponsor, PRFM of Redditch, and the team at Worcester Severn Rotary Club for their support.

"I would encourage everyone to come along and enjoy a brilliant evening of music and song and support the vital work of Acorns Children's Hospice."

Tickets  for the concert are £10 and available from Blue, 19 Broad Street Pershore, or Worcester Live Box Office Huntindon Hall, Crown Gate,Worcester, tel 01905 611427. Or go online to the Worcestershire Live box office at

West Mercia Police Band is always looking for new players. Anyone interested in learning more is welcome to contact them on 07534904123.

Issued: 3.30pm, Thursday 4 October, Nigel Sargeant, Corporate Communications

Published 04/10/18