There’s a host of new initiatives creating extra interest around this year’s Lockerbie Jazz Festival.
Alongside the Festival headliners – Rose Room, Hamish Stuart’s 360, Leroy Jones, Mike Zito, Blues n”Trouble, and Alan Barnes – the Festival is shouting out to young people to join the new Youth Singing Group. The Group, created at Lockerbie Academy on the initiative of the Jazz Festival, is hoping to attract and develop vocal talent in the same way that the Dumfries and Galloway Youth Jazz Orchestra does for instrumentalists.
The group is run by one of the country’s top Choir leaders, Elliot Murray, a great singer and band leader in his own right, and it’s open to school pupils from across the region. They’ve been holding rehearsals every Monday at 4pm, and will play their first concerts at this year’s Lockerbie Jazz Festival.
Whilst the spark for the idea has come from the Festival, it’s the funding support of the Holywood Trust, and the enthusiasm and drive of Bryony Ladd and Alison Menzies at the Academy that has got the project off the ground.
Bryony Ladd, (Drama Teacher and PT Creative and Aesthetic Faculty) said, “We are delighted that this is taking place and are looking forward to the group appearing at the Jazz Festival.”
Davie Wilson, Chair of Lockerbie Jazz Festival Steering Committee said: “After eleven years the festival continues to seek new ways of attracting audiences and excite festival goers.”
Councillor Colin Smyth, the Council’s Events Champion said, “It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing – but fortunately the Jazz Festival has swing and chutzpah in abundance – its a wonderful weekend of music and it always lifts the spirits.”
Lockerbie Jazz Festival takes place from September 23-25. Dumfries and Galloway Council are providing a grant of £7000 from its unique Major Festivals and Events Strategy.
Information from www.lockerbiejazz.com
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