Church will swing to big band sound

The Big Band Ribble Valley Jazz Collective
The Big Band Ribble Valley Jazz Collective
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The Big Band Ribble Valley Jazz Collective will bring its bold and brassy sound to a new local venue on Saturday March 7th.

It is the latest act to perform in the successful serties of fund-raising concerts at Padiham Unitarian Church – concerts which already draw a large part of their audience from across Ribble Valley.

Formed three years ago and led by musical director Paul J. Rigby, the Big Band Ribble Valley Jazz Collective brings together musicians from across the area in a truly exciting ensemble. Rigby himself is one of the most experienced and talented band leaders in the North West.

One of the main reasons for founding and developing the band was to encourage local people of all ages and abilities to create music together, but just as importantly to make friends and have fun.

Comprising around 20 regular players, the youngest of which is 15 and the oldest a sprightly 83, the band plays mainly well-known swing tunes such as “Tuxedo Junction” and “That’s Life”, but also some lesser known numbers such as “Coconut Champagne” and the curiously titled “Crunchy Frog”!

Its performances are very entertaining and audiences cannot fail to be blown away by the sheer enthusiasm radiating from every band member.

The concert in Padiham starts at 7-30 pm and admission is £8 on the door. All proceeds will go to the North West Air Ambulance, the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund and the church. Anyone wanting more details of the concert can ring organiser Barry Brown on 01282 773336 or email:

The Big Band Ribble Valley Jazz Collective