Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Club successfully completed their 12-hour Jazz Marathon to raise money for Children in Need.
It took place at Atrium Café in Clitheroe Castle from 11 in the morning to 11 at night. Two stages were set up to allow more than a dozen performances to take place back-to-back, without a break.
The initiative came from Clive Greenwood, of Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues, who explained: “This is the first jazz marathon in the UK that we know about. The original idea came to me during the organising of the annual Ribble Valley Jazz Festival.
“I was inspired by the thought that there could be a continuous live music festival throughout the day, and without any break. When I discussed it with one of the club members, Shaun Heffernen, he suggested that it would be a good occasion to raise money for Children in Need.”
Sue Lightbown, chairwoman of Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues, who led the organisation of the event, commented: “What an amazing day – a tremendous success! Twelve hours of non-stop music from top class musicians playing a wonderful array of jazz styles, ranging from budding young stars of the future to excellent local musicians.
“Every musician, band member and soloist gave 100% and each one contributed to the success of the event, giving their time, energy and commitment for free. It was clear that everyone attending and involved had a great time and we raised lots of money for Children in Need, but we could not have done it without the efforts of the behind the scenes team who pulled it all together with such vitality.”
The day was supported by visits from both the Mayor of Ribble Valley and Mayor of Clitheroe as well Nigel Evans MP, and Pudsey Bear himself.
A total of £ 1,240 was raised, exceeding all expectations, and all involved were invited to appear on the BBC television live transmission of Children in Need last Friday, hosted by Terry Wogan.
The next live jazz event at The Atrium is a special Christmas Jazz Party from the popular and versatile Dave Mott Jazz Classics from 8 p.m. on Thursday December 1st.