Showcase concert will launch first Clitheroe Music Festival

Ribble Valley Music Festival logo
Ribble Valley Music Festival logo
  • Ribble Valley Music Festival grows from Chatbrun events
  • Concerts will bring in charity money
  • Launch event at Clitheroe Parish Church

Over the past five years, the Chatburn music events have earned a reputation for high standards and value for money and have brought a wide range of quality music and many visitors to the Ribble Valley.

Hardly surprising then that there has been an increasing demand from capacity audiences for these events to increase and, as a result, they have become the springboard for the first Ribble Valley Music Festival.

Music always brings people together and it is satisfying to see so many wishing to raise proceeds for the worthy cause of sustaining the heritage of the region whilst providing enjoyment from music

Clive Greenwood, chairman of Ribble Valley Music

It will take place at a variety of landmark locations in the district over several months from May to October. In addition to providing social and cultural opportunities, Ribble Valley Music Festival has a meaningful purpose, with all proceeds onated to host venues to benefit their upkeep and long-term development.

The size of the festival has grown from the original plan through an interest for fund raising music events for churches and local landmarks, and so the Ribble Valley Music Festival is developing into a major event.

Clive Greenwood, chairman of Ribble Valley Music, explained: “We are delighted with the enthusiastic response to the prospect of having a Ribble Valley Music Festival.

“Music always brings people together and it is satisfying to see so many wishing to raise proceeds for the worthy cause of sustaining the heritage of the region whilst providing enjoyment from music.”

A taste of the wide range of music lined up for the festival will be showcased in a fund-raising concert at Clitheroe Parish Church on Friday, March 20th, when some of the artists who are appearing will come together to perform a spectacular evening of music from classical to rock and roll, and most styles between.

Multi-instrumentalist Gaynor Sutcliffe, jazz pianist Eric Ainsworth, harpist Maxine Molin Rose, and ensembles including the Western Valley Hot Club, The Burwain Singers and The Pennine String Quartet make this a unique opportunity to see them all together in one evening.

Tickets at just £10 including refreshments can be obtained from the St Mary’s Centre Church office between 10 am and 3 pm Monday, Tuesday and Friday, or call 01200 422828 or 01254 384893. All proceeds will go to the church development project.

Priest-in-Charge the Rev. Andy Froud commented: “We are tremendously excited to be able to host this event in the beautiful setting of Clitheroe Parish Church. All the profits raised will be used to develop our building for the use of the whole community as our growing church seeks to proclaim the good news of Christ.”

The Ribble Valley Music Festival starts in earnest on May 8th. The full line-up and programme will soon be finalised and announced in the Clitheroe Advertiser.

Clive Greenwood added: “We are grateful for the tremendous support through sponsorship of local companies including to Steele and Son Solicitor, IWA Architects and Roy Porter Butcher. Additions to the growing number of sponsors are welcome in support of the worthwhile fundraising objectives, and to gain the benefit of awareness throughout this year and across the Ribble Valley.”

Anyone interested in sponsorship can contact Clive on 01254 384893.