fine Victorian bandstand that now stands in its original position in
Priory Park was restored in the 1980s through our efforts, we now use it
as our logo.
bandstand was originally erected in 1875. The cast iron railing and iron
work were made in Saracen Foundry, Glasgow, to the order of the
Bandstand's manufacturers Walter Macfarlane & Co (although many of
the original railings are now destroyed).
the 1930s it was much used as a venue for bands playing as part of the
Malvern Festival (the brainchild of Sir Barry Jackson, and supported by
Bernard Shaw and Edward Elgar). The Malvern Festival Theatre,
situated on the edge of Priory Park, was widely described at the time as
'a theatre in a garden', and in the 'garden' of Priory Park bands played
a variety of light music.
WWII it was re-sited to Victoria Park, Malvern Link, but in the 1970s
there were suggestions that it be returned to its former home in Priory
Park, Great Malvern. The move was finally achieved in the mid
1980s. The initialled bricks around the base of the bandstand
were purchased by individuals in the final thrust to raise the money
needed for the move.
move back to Great Malvern, greatly enhanced Priory Park, and the
bandstand is now, once again, the venue where locals and visitors can
come and enjoy music in the 'garden'.