Abbey Brass is about to launch its concert season with performances in Bembridge and Ryde.

The 25-strong brass band presents its first concert of the year at Bembridge Methodist Church on Saturday, April 20, followed by a performance at Ryde Methodist Church on Saturday, May 11. Both start at 7.30pm.

Band chair Andy Croucher said the band had been rehearsing for the new season since January and was looking forward to entertaining audiences again.

“We have been working hard on developing a complete new programme of music including some pieces arranged by our musical director Phillip Littlemore.

"It is a varied programme and includes soloists from within the band. I’m sure there is something for everyone,” he said.

Admission to both concerts is free, with retiring collections in aid of church and band funds.