If the aim of the inaugural Ribble Valley Music Festival was to produce a wide range of quality music for people to enjoy and to attract capacity audiences while raising funds for worthwhile causes it’s certainly been hitting all the right notes.
The next concert is a key event of the festival and will take place at Clitheroe Parish Church when international singer, songwriter and saxophonist AJ Brown performs an evening of popular and instantly recognisable songs and music inspired by artists such as Michael Bublé, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, plus his own original material.
The concert will include a salute to Frank Sinatra who was born 100 years ago. Sinatra had no peer in interpreting the classic songs, and today’s rising master of sophisticated song, AJ Brown, will honour Sinatra and his songs in a sequence during the evening.
AJ Brown comes to the Ribble Valley following his performances in Europe, Scandinavia, USA, Canada, and South Africa and drawing enthusiastic acclaim from leading figures in the music industry for his talent, skill and sheer entertainment value.
It has just been announced that AJ Brown is to embark on a massive summer tour with music icons including Tom Jones, George Benson, Marti Pellow, Blake and Collabro straight after his appearance in the Ribble Valley Music Festival at Clitheroe Parish Church which will be the last opportunity to see him on a local basis.
Clive Greenwood from Ribble Valley Music, the organisers of the music festival, said: “This is a major event in the festival, and we are proud to have AJ Brown, an international performer, making a rare appearance in the Ribble Valley during this first year of the festival.
“Production will continue to be of the highest standards. The team at the parish church are putting a great deal of effort into making this a special night for Clitheroe, including some fantastic raffle prizes. We are grateful for the tremendous support from local businesses. As always, all proceeds from the event will be donated to the church.”
AJ will be accompanied by his talented trio, plus some special guests, including local musical legend Eric Ainsworth, who will be part of a fine evening’s entertainment playing well known numbers in various combinations with other surprise musical guests.
The event takes place at 7-30 pm on Friday June 26th, advanced booking is advisable, and tickets are £10 including refreshments. There is no booking fee. They are available from St Mary’s Centre, Church Street, Clitheroe, each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning, from Roy Porter Butcher, Chatburn, or by calling 01200 422828 or 01254 384893. All proceeds are donated to the church.