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Evesham Editorial 19th May, 2018   0

PERSHORE pianist Chris Long presents the final concert in his ‘Pianoscapes’ series at the town’s St Andrew’s Centre on Sunday.

Across the seven concerts Chris has presented pieces by most of the major composers of Classical and Romantic music – Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Mussorgsky, Grieg, Chopin and more – as well as meditative and minimalist work by the likes of John Cage, Meredith Monk and Nils Frahm – plus jazz and bands and pop artists including Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley and Kate Bush.

An important element for Chris has been to include music by female composers, often under-represented in recitals; he also includes his own improvisations and compositions

In this final concert Baroque music by Bach and Rameau rubs shoulders with jazz and blues by Bill Evans and Meade Lux Lewis, improvisations on ‘the Rite of Spring’, and minatures by Liszt and others.

Music begins at 2.30pm and tickets are £8 either from “Blue’ on Broad Street in Pershore or on the door.


A NEW joint Assistant Chief Constable post covering operations under the strategic alliance between Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police is to be created.

Chief Constables Martin Jelley (Warwickshire) and Anthony Bangham (West Mercia) are looking to recruit a ‘dynamic and inspirational leader’ to work with them ‘to meet future challenges and deliver the Police and Crime Plans’.

The position will be the forces’ third Assistant Chief Constable post with leadership and accountability for those policing services that operate across both forces.

The job calls for someone who can ‘demonstrate a strong commitment to partnership working and the ability to deliver effective policing services to the communities of Warwickshire and West Mercia’.

It carries a salary of £98,538 to £111,249 per annum.


POLICE and Crime Commissioner John Campion is keen to hear from people interested in volunteering as Custody Visitors in West Mercia.

Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) make unannounced visits to police custody suites to check that the people who have been detained are being treated fairly and properly, and that the police are following all the correct rules and procedures.

These volunteers are recruited by the Commissioner from the local community and are independent of the police service.

The play a vital role in not only monitoring the welfare of people in police custody, but also strengthening public confidence in police practices.

Volunteering as an ICV doesn’t require a lot of time, but flexibility is helpful as custody suites need to be visited at least once a week – sometimes during unsocial hours. Training and support will be given in order to carry out the role.

More information on the role and how to apply can be found on the Commissioner’s website

For a video that features an existing ICV describing the role visit:

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