Over the past five years the Chatburn Music Events have become widely known for providing access to the highest quality of live music concerts throughout the year.
Last summer saw the first season of summer “Proms” concerts, and their success resulted in a demand for them to continue. Consequently this year’s Ribble Valley Summer Prom Season will punch well above its weight for a village and be the crowning glory of year-round concert activity in Chatburn and for the Ribble Valley and beyond.
Chatburn Music Events organiser Clive Greenwood commented: “Everyone who performs here wants to come back. We are grateful for the tremendous support from the public from far and wide which has resulted in the growth and expansion of the concerts and the continuation of the Ribble Valley Summer Proms.”
The Proms are currently held in the marvellous acoustics of the Grade II listed Christ Church Chatburn and the intimate atmosphere of the Chatburn Methodist Church. The season covers a wide range of music and this year the spotlight is on some of the best artists based in the North.
It all starts on June 8th with an afternoon concert at The Chatburn Methodist Church by the Craven Accordion Orchestra, the UK Championship Winners for the 14th year running, followed by a programme of concerts climaxing with the ever-popular Last night of the Chatburn Proms on September 19th. This year it will feature the celebrated Leyland Band, winners of the best concert entertainment band over the past six years and officially ranked as the 8th best band in the world. They will be joined by a guest vocalist. Chatburn concerts were the first in the region to present poetry with music and big screen video integration with live music, and these unique initiatives will continue during the prom season.
Clive added: “The concerts are unique in that all the proceeds make a worthwhile contribution towards the long-term heritage values for generations to come. At Christ Church they are donated to the Church Development to improve facilities for all with the installation of disabled and child-friendly toilet and kitchen.
“We are grateful for the donations made so far towards the development, but there is a fair way to go with almost £20,000 still needed. All proceeds at the Methodist Church are donated to the upkeep of the church.”
Advance tickets are advisable as the concerts are popular and have previously sold out. These can be obtained from Roy Porter Butchers in Chatburn or by calling 01200 441624 or 01254 384893. Tickets include light refreshment and Hudsons Ices will be available to purchase at the Sunday afternoon concerts. More information on the Ribble Valley Summer Prom season will appear in this newspaper over the coming months.