Could you help Marsden Jazz Festival go with a swing?

 Marsden Jazz Festival, one of the region’s best-loved music festivals, is seeking volunteers to help ensure this year’s event goes smoothly.

 The festival, which this year will take place from 12-14 October, is held in over 26 venues and hosts more than 100 international jazz bands and artists.

 “Its volunteers are its backbone”, says artistic director Barney Stevenson, “doing jobs that are both visible and hidden from view, liaising with bands, stewarding gigs, moving equipment, collecting donations and marshalling our street parade.” Every year there’s a real sense of camaraderie in the hub (Marsden Mechanics Hall) as the volunteers muck in and help the event go like clockwork.

 “Volunteering at the festival is a fantastic opportunity to get an inside view of the workings of one of the largest and longest running UK jazz festivals, and to rub shoulders with an exceptional range of talented UK and international artists,” Stevenson adds.

 This year’s festival highlights include 21-year-old Jonny Mansfield’s Elftet performing the world premiere of On Marsden Moor, a festival commission setting poems by Marsden-born poet Simon Armitage. British-Iraqi composer and vocalist Alya Al Sultani will perform with two groups, SAWA and Collective X, featuring poet, novelist, musician and lecturer Anthony Joseph. The festival also features the soul-tinged vocals of Polly Gibbons and a rare chance to hear Keith Tippett performing a two-piano duet with Matthew Bourne in the sumptuous acoustic of St Bartholomew’s Church.

 To find out more about volunteer opportunities at the festival please visit

 For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact


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