Freedom Pass DISCOUNT!

Ribble Valley Jazz Festival 2020 Clitheroe

*A limited amount of ‘Freedom’ tickets – costing £85 for adults and £70 for members – are on sale now via The Grand's website.

The overall saving on these ticketed shows - compared to buying them individually - is around £50!

Get access to all the ticketed shows at the Festival across four days. This is an unbelievable bargain that we are offering to all our members and supporters. If you've never been to our festival - give us a try and snap up this offer.

Here's a list of the ticketed gigs:

  • Kyla Brox Band
  • Eric Ainsworth Trio / Nishla Smith Band
  • Gwilym Simcock / Mike Walker / Hermine Deurloo
  • Alina Bzhezhinska Hip Harp
  • Dennis Rollins’ Funky Funk
  • Rafiki Jazz
  • Issy Barrett’s Interchange

And what a fabulous journey of music you will experience with the freedom to roam from concert to concert. This year, the programme has been designed to avoid any clashes with ticketed shows, so you can literally know that your Freedom pass gives you access to everything, without having to make too many awkward choices.

Click here to buy on The Grand's website

About the Programme

British pianist Gwilym Simcock – a highly esteemed player of international repute – visits the Festival for the first time. The Welsh musician, who won a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize for his debut solo piano album ‘Good Days At Schloss Elmau’ in 2011, has gone on to enjoy an illustrious career. His ability to blend jazz, contemporary and classical piano playing, helps him achieve a depth to his compositions reached by few others. His 2019 album ‘Near and Now’ has been lauded with brilliant reviews. He will perform at Clitheroe’s The Grand Venue on Friday, May 1st, leading a trio of rare quality – with virtuoso guitarist Mike Walker and Dutch chromatic harmonica player Hermine Duerloo.

The opening night of the festival will attract an audience to Holmes Mill, Clitheroe, where blues singer Kyla Brox will perform with a full band. Brox has just finished 1st place at the ‘European Blues Challenge’ after representing the UK Blues Federation at this prestigious international competition. This concert will be a rare chance to see the Manchester based singer perform in such an intimate venue.

The international pedigree of the festival continues throughout the weekend. Alina Bzhezhinska is a Ukrainian-born harp player who featured at the recent London Jazz Festival with her new project ‘Hip Harp’ - this quartet plays music inspired by the genius of artists such as Sun Ra and Alice Coltrane, while incorporating electronica and trip-hop. She will appear on the Saturday afternoon at The Grand.

She will be followed later that evening by the sensational trombone player Dennis Rollins – who headlines Saturday night with his new project – Funky-Funk. Rollins is one of the UK’s best known jazz stars and is especially well regarded for his work as an educator, whether it be tutoring small jazz ensembles or big massed bands of young musicians. “It’s always my pleasure to pass on my musical knowledge to the next generation,” he says.

This show will be dancefloor friendly, ideally suited to The Grand’s Saturday night.

“The Festival programme will explore gateways into jazz music and as a result we feel we have pulled together a diverse programme to take our audiences on a musical journey throughout the weekend,” says Festival co-organiser Sue Bradley.

The musician-in-residence for the 2020 Festival is Issie Barratt, a baritone saxophonist who is also an internationally active composer, arranger, conductor and music educator. Issie has been at the forefront of womens’ jazz movement in the UK, masterminding a host of education projects and leading an exciting dectet of the leading women jazz players of the UK, Interchange, who will be closing the festival with a live performance on the Sunday night. Issie will also be running a specially commissioned workshop for women jazz players in February at The Grand which will lead to a live performance ahead of the Interchange performance on Sunday, May 3rd.

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