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.

Children at Marsden Junior School with Marsden Jazz Festival volunteer Kate Button, teacher Lil Adamson, and school principal Sarah Mansell. (Image thanks to Liz Baker)

The organisers of the Marsden Jazz Festival have donated 30 recorders to Marsden Junior School to help mark the festival’s 25th anniversary.

Pupils 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 have gone on to play 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.


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