2012 has been a great year for us and it's only our second one so that's pretty good going. Whey!
At the close of 2011's festival we had a year-round volunteer festival team of 4, now that's swelled to 9 with loads of other volunteers and members that come and help out during the festival itself - a huge heartfelt thank you to everyone who has given up their spare time for no money, no promise of food, no really nice cosy benefits or anything like that but have come anyway and helped because they want to see a jazz festival in Lancaster and they believe that what we're doing year-round is worth supporting. THANK YOU!
It would be wrong to say that the entire festival was completely successful in everything that it set out to do – no event or project ever goes completely according to plan – but the vast majority of it was absolutely fantastic. I loved the music and all the artists, I loved the enthusiasm around the festival from people in town, I loved how some events were absolutely packed to the rafters, I loved talking to audience members who had travelled into Lancaster for the first time and were enjoying every minute of it, I loved talking to Trio Libero post performance and hearing their praise for the Lancaster audience.
We have some things to tweak, some things to rethink completely, some things to leave exactly as they are. We’re about to enter into a month or so of evaluation and you can help us with this – if you have any comments, suggestions, criticisms, reviews, thoughts or ideas please get in touch with us by using the contact form or on facebook or twitter or come see us at our next meeting. We do take on board everything that gets said to us and it really does inform what we do.
Partner in crime - The Dave of Shooter
During the Thinking with Jazz Symposium (which was awesome) I got asked why I did this, why put a year’s worth of work into a jazz festival for free? (I didn’t even get free entry to Trio Libero) And I said that I didn’t know. That’s not strictly true. I know that music has a great power to pull communities together so that they can do greater things, I know that I am stupidly passionate about music and the ways in which it works, I know that Lancaster’s a nice place to be and I know that contemporary jazz isn’t all weird and enjoyed by middle aged men with beards (although some of it is and that’s brilliant). If we can build something that even in the smallest way inspires, or allows an artist to develop or try new things, or brings a tiny group of people together so that they can go do amazing things then we’ll have done something that’s worth doing. Maybe that’s why I, or the team do it? All I know is that it’s definitely not what Steve Lewis said.
A huge massive enormous thanks to all these people that made it happen:
Dave Shooter, Jen Benson, Lucy Banks – the very scary festival team
Nick Gebhardt, David Fatkin, Paul Froggatt, Kathyrn MacDoanld, Pete Hyde – our lovely trustees who are only scary occassionally
Alan, Amanda, Annie, Arthur, Barrie, Ben, Chris, Darren, Eliza, Graham, Rick, Ruth, Sam, Steve, Victor – the people that made it all happen!
Everyone at The Borough, The Dukes and More Music. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
The lovely managers, landlords and staff at St Nicholas Arcade, The Stonewell Tavern, Lancaster Baptist Church, LICA, The Gregson.
All of our artists!!!
And to everyone that supported us – THANK YOU – see you next year!
- Matt Robinson - Festival Director