Summer to Shine in Brecon Beacons with New Brecon Jazz Announced….

Here’s some breaking news: The greatest jazz festival in the UK is back on! We’ve got the latest news on the new promotors chosen to manage the festival.

Orchard to run Brecon Jazz

Arts Council of Wales and Powys County Council have today announced that Orchard has been successful in staking its claim to be the preferred operator for Brecon Jazz.

A rigorous search process was set up to identify a promoter with the artistic and business credentials and the entrepreneurial flair to deliver a successful Brecon Jazz festival. Orchard has won through and are now set to take up the reins of Brecon Jazz.

The festival is an important cultural event both for Brecon and for Wales as a whole. As a major arts event it has proved to be an important asset in the local economy. People come from all over the world to experience the special atmosphere of the jazz festival.

Arts Council of Wales, working in partnership with Powys County Council and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, led the search for a new operator.  All felt that Orchard put forward an exciting and compelling programme with distinctive ideas for the future. Orchard will receive a commitment for funding this year’s festival and will submit further plans for 2013 in Autumn this year.

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Pablo Janczur, Orchard Director, said: “Brecon Jazz is a heritage brand with a worldwide reputation. We are fans as well as music promoters and event managers, and so this a real thrill to have the opportunity to be part of what we see as an exciting future for one of Wales’ premier events. We’re looking forward to sharing our ideas with the people of Brecon and the jazz world in the near future.”

We are thrilled to be able to take this on and look forward to celebrating the extraordinary wealth of local and international jazz in Wales.”Their programme will involve the following:
high calibre artists and creative individuals who appeal to a broad audience.  A programme that builds on the strong heritage of Brecon Jazz both in Wales and across the world. The opportunity to re-energise and re-connect the Jazz Festival from this point forward – not only with the people of Brecon and Wales, but also with jazz and arts organisations, and the educational scene.

David Alston, Arts Director, Arts Council of Wales commented: “Orchard is a Wales based event company who conveyed to us both their capacity and enthusiasm to run the event. We were impressed by the dynamism of their ideas, their headline ambitions and their respect for the Brecon’s longstanding reputation.”

Paul Griffiths, Powys County Council’s Strategic Director – Communities, Skills &

Learning concluded:  “We are acutely aware of the distinctive contribution made by Brecon Jazz to cultural life in Powys over many years. We want to try and ensure that this continues. Brecon Jazz is not just an important event for Powys, it’s important for Wales too. We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the Arts Council of Wales to ensure summer 2012 sees a new chapter in Brecon’s history.”

Orchard will be hosting a local launch of their plans, in Brecon in the coming weeks.  For more information on Orchard click here.

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