A CONTRACT to run Chester’s Victorian bandstand has been won by Wing5 Ltd.
The new man in charge of music at the Groves is Paul Kelly, whose company Wing5 Ltd has clinched the Cheshire West and Chester Council contract to formulate the new programme of weekend and Bank Holiday concerts.
Previously, the timetable was produced in-house and a decision was taken to give the work a new perspective.
The packed summer of music will include brass, silver, wind, jazz, folk bands and solo performers from across the North West.
Many popular favourites and some new bands are booked to entertain the crowds from May to the end of August.
Mr Kelly said: “What has delighted us is the appetite for bands big and small, established and new, to want to play their music in the historic Bandstand at The Groves.
“It’s such a beautiful venue and we hope all Chester’s visitors will be entertained during a wonderful summer of music down by the river.
“Wing5 Ltd has a history in arts production and we’re proud to have been given the opportunity to coordinate the music at the Bandstand and develop the cultural heritage of Chester.”
Free performances take place most weekends and bank holidays on the banks of the River Dee; times vary from 2pm-6pm on Saturdays and 1pm-5pm on Sundays and bank holiday Mondays.
Bands confirmed range from the Royal Buckley Town Band to soloist Ashley Fayth.
Malcolm Hogarth, member of Chester’s ‘Just Friends’ band who kick off the concerts on Saturday, May 3, said: “We enjoy playing on the Bandstand to relish the audience reaction.
“We particularly like the reaction of children who are fascinated to see people playing live music and often express themselves by moving and dancing to the rhythm.
“Playing on the Bandstand is good for the band since it is exposing us to a new and different audience.”
Steve Pugh-Jones, chairman of the Royal Buckley Town Band said: “We look forward to playing at the Groves every year.
“It gives the band a chance to show what great music can be played by a brass band.
“There’s always a good atmosphere of people enjoying a summer’s day by the river listening to live music, singing and dancing along with the band.”
The full programme will be published in May.
Further details can also be found at www.facebook.com/ bandstandchester and follow @wing5ltd for weekly reminders on performances.
There are still a few slots available so any brass, wind, jazz or acoustic band or performer who would like to play should contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.