Injured in the line of duty and making music at Pershore Jazz Festival

I injured myself helping out on Avon Meadows but it was worth it

I injured myself helping out on Avon Meadows but it was worth it

The role of chairman is a varied one and that has been highlighted by the various activities and events I have been involved with over the last few weeks.

I spent a very muddy day digging up reeds from Avon Meadows involving getting very muddy and having my feed trapped in the mud resulting in a sprained foot which is why I am now hobbling!

I also managed a visit to the open day at Gheluvelt Park in Worcester where a very patient man taught me how to make a bee house (not hive) which is now hanging up in my garden. If I can’t stop the spraying which seems to be affecting bees then at least I can provide a safe haven.

My bee house is now proudly hanging in my garden

My bee house is now proudly hanging in my garden

This was followed by a weekend of music ranging from early New Orleans jazz to modern, which set everyone’s feet tapping at the Pershore Jazz Festival held towards the end of August.

Musicians came from far and wide including New Orleans itself and Connecticut, most however being home grown including Ben Holder. If you think that jazz is an old man’s music think again.

There was something for all to enjoy at Pershore Jazz Festival

There was something for all to enjoy at Pershore Jazz Festival

Ben is a jazz violinist who can put Nigel Kennedy in the shade, playing with so much energy I did ask him to let me into the secret of what he was taking. He’s only 25 and trained at The Birmingham Conservatoire so has many talents including classical and is a more than accomplished pianist all by the age of 25 (learnt the violin when he was five!).

Amy Roberts is of a similar age to Ben having obtained her degree at the Royal Northern College and being equally talented with clarinet, trumpet, flute in fact all reed instruments.

Having been asked to open the proceedings on Friday evening I did have a go at playing the trumpet (see below) but failed miserably to even get a squeak out of it.

My attempt at playing the trumpet

My attempt at playing the trumpet

It was fascinating to see how modern technology gets involved in even such a traditional event as music – one of the musicians had an ipad with his play list on the floor at his feet when the recognisable ping of an email coming through was heard loud and clear.

The rest of the weekend was spent stewarding, listening and sampling the apple juice produced by the college including cider.

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