LEDBURY Community Brass Band, which recently thrilled crowds during the town's Community Day, has a busy summer schedule ahead.

The band's programme includes a slot at the prestigious Pershore-based festival, Midsummer Brass.

The annual event, on July 1, will attract brass bands and visitors from throughout the Midlands, for what organisers describe as "a non-competitive festival of music", lasting ten hours.

Chairman of the organising committee, John West said: "We hope newcomers to the festival will enjoy it just as much as those who have come every year, and that together they will form a large crowd who warmly welcome and congratulate the bands.

"Throughout the day bands play around the town in different venues, in the grandeur of Pershore Abbey and the fresh air of the Marquee at the Angel Inn as well as in the informal Chapman Court and the intimate setting of Pershore Baptist Church.

"This year’s line-up will see many exceptional bands playing in a non-competitive festival of music.These include The Staffordshire Band, Tongwynlais Temperance Band, Gloucestershire Police Band, City of Coventry Brass and Jaguar Land Rover Band and, of course Ledbury Community Brass Band."

For fans of the band who want to hear them sooner, their next appearance is a little closer to home, at the Feathers Hotel in Ledbury.

They will be putting on a free summer concert, this Saturday, June 24, from 7pm, and other events are being lined-up for the summer.

Pershore Midsummer Brass will take place on Saturday July 1, and runs from 10am to 10pm. Visitors are welcome to come all day or pop in for just a few hours, "to enjoy as much music as they like".

Entrance is just £7.50 and tickets are available on the door on the day or in advance from BLUE, in Broad Street, Pershore