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Lifestyle Saddleworth Singers. 11th FEBRUARY 2017


THE HOUGHTON WEAVERS


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New recorders put Marsden children on path to jazz


Children at a Marsden school are getting their first experience of playing music with a brand new set of recorders.


The organisers of the Marsden Jazz Festival have donated 30 recorders to Marsden Junior School to help mark the festival’s 25th anniversary. Pupils at the school got a taste of playing music with homemade musical instruments in the ‘Big Noise’ street parade at this year’s festival, which also featured three of the UK’s leading street bands.


Festival Producer Barney Stevenson said: “We had a fantastic festival this year and wanted to do something to help inspire local children to become our headline performers of the future. Many of the children who first visited the festival with their families have gone on to play


Children at Marsden Junior School with Marsden Jazz Festival volunteer Kate Button, teacher Lil Adamson, and school principal Sarah Mansell.


in school bands on our outdoor stages, and some have even returned years later as professional jazz artists. “The staff and children at Marsden Junior School are always really supportive of the festival, and this year allowed us to use the playground for parking. “We’re really pleased we’ve been able to donate the recorders which we hope will be used by children for years to come to get their first taste of performing music.”


Over 100 gigs took place in Marsden during one weekend in October for the village’s 25th jazz festival, including over 80 free gigs and events as well as performances by internationally-acclaimed artists. Jazz legend Digby Fairweather appeared at Marsden’s first jazz festival in 1992 and returned to Marsden this year for his ‘Rocking in Rhythm’ show alongside BBC Radio 2’s Paul Jones.


Sarah Mansell, Principal at Marsden Junior School, said “We are extremely happy with our class set of recorders. Music is a subject that engages the whole brain. We are thrilled to engage all our children with music, creating opportunities and supporting the rich musical heritage that the children are exposed to in Marsden."


Marsden Jazz Festival was named ‘Outstanding Established Festival’ at the Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots Awards 2015, and thousands of music lovers make their way to Marsden by train, bus, car and narrow boat every year for the festival weekend.


around SADDLEWORTH 42 www.aroundsaddleworth.co.uk After a very successful Christmas concert at the Civic Hall


Uppermill, accompanied by Oldham band (Lees), the singers are now ready for a new year. Look out for their new lilac uniform at events in 2017.


This year’s nominated charity is The M S Society.


They rehearse on Tuesday evenings at The Springhead Community Centre, Ashes Lane from 7.20 – 9.30pm.


New members are always welcome – please contact Sylvie on 01457514113 for further details.


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