Festival 2015 in Review
Every year we plan the festival we think we can’t top the previous one – but it looks as though we hit the right buttons this year and excelled ourselves. Comments from everyone say “it’s the best yet”!
So Graham has a challenge this year – how do you beat the best – just keep doing what we set out to achieve in the first place I guess and that’s to try to please everyone by giving a mixture of all the genres of jazz and keeping it fresh.
It has become a festival that is enjoyed by jazz fans as well as the musicians. It has developed this friendly atmosphere of a meeting place of like-minded people who come to enjoy a good weekend of music in a lovely location.
This year the College did not look its best, as the on-going refurbishments were evident, but it did not affect the venues and the weather stayed kind! We are waiting to confirm whether there are further works to be done that may affect our planning for next year’s event (yes Graham’s doing another) and we will keep news up to date on our website.
Our “small festival with a big heart” actually came into its own when on Sunday night – we had a medical situation dealt superbly by the St Johns when a heart problem was diagnosed and someone was taken to hospital. The outcome is good I’m pleased to say. Following this on the Monday morning there was another emergency and this lady had a pacemaker fitted in Worcester Royal. So jazz is obviously good for the heart!!
We thank all musicians, volunteers and the “jazzers” who attended and we look forward to welcoming you all again next year for the 15th Pershore Jazz Festival on 19/20/21st August 2016.
All information for the new programme will be published on our website pershorejazz.org.uk towards the end of the year and bookings will be taken as usual from the beginning of January 2016. You can also keep up to date by facebook too.
To Graham and all the team,
Just wanted to say a massive thank you to you all for a truly fantastic weekend. We were very excited about coming to our first festival but it surpassed our wildest dreams in every way. Organisationally it was faultless & in its atmosphere & content it was exquisite!
We were so touched by your warmth & generosity in welcoming Alex as an aspiring & (hopefully!) emerging performer, & all three of us as relative newcomers to the audience scene. Everyone we met was unbelievably friendly & supportive and the array of professional performers we were able to not just enjoy watching but actually meet too, was profoundly inspiring.
Looking forward to next year already!
Sarah & Neil Clarke
Just back from Pershore Jazz Festival. What a fabulous weekend of friendship and high class music. Personally “man of the match” for me was the treasure that is Keith Nichols, who worked magic on stage with his arrangements, humour and musicality. A real honour to attend this weekend and a million thank to the crew, Graham Smith and Maggie for making it all possible.
So another Pershore Jazz Festival comes to an end (i.e. Josh has shut the bar for the final time) Yet another weekend where we have been treated to a brilliant array of fine musicians at the top of their game deiivering diverse varianats of that lovely genre we call jazz.
So much hard work done by the committee to put it all together.
Just to say thank you seems inadequate.
Kate & Andy Fletcher
Thank you to everyone at Pershore Jazz who put their time, energy and effort both before and at the event. Always a cracking festival, but this year you excelled yourselves with such a wide and exciting line up in terms of styles and old favs and new faces on stage. Thank you one and all!
Thank you for all your hard work. The weekend was magnificent and the musicians were top class. Every band or group was talented and entertaining. The venue is great and everybody enjoyed themselves. Put our names down for next year!
Spent a most enjoyable four/five hours at the festival yesterday. First time I’ve ever been. Four really good different size intimate music venues on the Pershore College Campus plus very good food and drinks facilities there. Met up with lots of musician mates plus many friendly faces from various jazz clubs around the circuit. Top quality sessions at all venues. Really enjoyed it. Great festival.
Super festival Graham & Maggie– thanks so much for inviting us and all the the lovely crowds, we had a ball. Lovely to see lots of old musicians and audience friends too.
We much appreciated soundman Tom and of course a special thanks to my lovely band.
Just to say many thanks to everyone for a wonderful jazz festival. We had a fabulous time; music was all brilliant and the choice was diverse to suit our differing tastes and all well scheduled.
We love the college as the venue and the welcoming nature of all the festival organisers. A massive thank you to everyone. We’re just sad its over and already looking forward to next year!
We would like to thank everyone who has helped to make this weekend such a great success. These events don’t just happen and we, the audience, arrive to find our tickets and a very informative programme awaiting us. This means there has been a lot of hard work for many months to ensure the weekend works well. We have heard new young groups and listened to old favourites and have enjoyed the mix. It’s good to see there are young people, getting into jazz to continue the great tradition of the music,
We keep thinking these weekends can’t get better – then they do.
We are already looking forward to next year.
Thanks again to everyone.
Michael & Susan Cush
(in a birthday card to Graham) Sutton Coldfield Jazz group would like to thank you, Maggie and the team of helpers for a great weekend. May it continue with the support of all music lovers. A big thank you from all.