Pink Bra'ss


Band Aids Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer

Pink Bra’ss invited John Lewis, the local ambassador for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, to their first rehearsal this year, when they presented him with a cheque for £,500 for this charity.


John explained that pancreatic cancer is the fifth most common of cause of cancer deaths and shockingly only 3% of those diagnosed survive.  The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund helps to fund research projects aimed at discovering new ways to identify and treat this disease. 

The band made the decision to donate to Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund in memory of Heather Ackerman, who sadly lost her fight with this terrible disease earlier this year.

March 2019


Heather Ackerman

It is with great sadness that we tell you that Heather Ackerman passed away on Wednesday 6th March 2019.
Heather was one of the founding members of Pink Bra'ss and Treasurer of the Committee, who had a dream that the ladies of the brass banding world could come together to raise money for cancer charities.
Eighteen months ago, Heather herself was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, although this did not quell her love of music and her keen interest in how the band and everyone in it was doing.

She will be greatly missed by all of usfor her kindness and care for others.

Saturday 30th June

The night was alive with music at Wells Town Hall.  This was the third Pink Bra'ss third charity concert in Wells, where we always get a warm welcome.  The band was joined by talentedsinger and harpist, Siona Stockel and BBC Somerset's Claire Carter, who compered the concert.

The aim of all Pink Bra'ss concerts is to raise money for charitable causes.  This year the band has been raising money for Cancer Research UK through concert ticket sales and a fantastic raffle with generous prize donations from Dyson, Mulberry, The Bishop's Palace and many other local companies.

Tess Munt, County Councillor for Wells came and kindly posted this video clip on Facebook.  I think we sound rather good, don't you?

Pink Bra'ss Committee Present Cheque to

Breast Cancer Now

Chairperson Jo Sykes and the Pink Bra'ss committee presented a cheque for £1,500 to Breast Cancer Now at Specsavers Opticians in Wells, who sponsored the band's pink polo shirts.


Rehearsals Start for Upcoming Concert

There was great excitement as Pink Bra'ss gathered together once again to prepare for their next endeavour.  This year the band are performing a concert in aid of The Stephen Sykes Appeal. 

Solo trombonist, Stephen Sykes of Shepton Mallet, supported the band last year by  performing at their concert in aid of Breast Cancer Now.  Unfortunately, at this time, Stephen was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a form of cancer.  Stephen has undergone six different chemotherapies, however, none have been successful.  His only hope of reducing the cancer sufficiently to receive a lifesaving stem cell transplant is to treat him with a new type of drug called a PD1 blocker.  Unfortunately the drug is above the NHS funding threshold so we are busy fundraising. 


Above is a video clip taken during the band's first rehearsal of 2017.

Concert at the Wells Town Hall, 22nd July 2016

"Congratulations on a wonderful concert, a sell out to a very appreciative audience and another audience outside!!  A very pink evening"

Mr P Hamlin

"What a great success you all made of Friday night's concert.  Thanks to you all for your efforts"

Mr P Vann

These are just some of the comments made by delighted members of the audience at the first ever Pink Bra'ss concert on Friday 22nd July.

The band kicked off their performance with a rousing rendition of Blaze Away and then proceeded to take the audience on a musical journey through the decades and genres from The Beatles, Abba and Pharell Williams and through the musicals to West Ends Shows.

Musical treats were provided by; singer Beverley King who raised the roof with Bring Him Home and the song made famous by the Military Wives Choir, Wherever You Are; Stephen Sykes with his trombone solo Concert Variations by Don Lusher and a surprise tuba solo from Steve Sykes.

As it was a hot summer's evening all the windows of the hall were open, much to the delight of people in the market square who also enjoyed the concert!

Singer Beverley King presented with a bouquet by Pat Trott

Filming With Local News Programme Points West

On Wednesday, 20th July Points West came to the band room to film some of the band rehearsing and to interview us about the upcoming concert at Wells Town Hall on Friday 22nd July.

Musical Director Joanne Sykes

This clip is taken from the BBC Radio Somerset website