Plans announced for new jazz festival in Leyburn

Tennants in Leyburn.

Plans have been announced for a new jazz festival which is due to take place in Leyburn in October 2021.

Leyburn Jazz Festival will take place on the weekend of October 22-24, 2021, with performances centred at the Garden Rooms at Tennants.

Organisers say Tennants are sponsoring the event, while other venues in Leyburn town centre will also be hosting performances, and a marching jazz band is planned on the Saturday.

The event is being organised by the Leyburn and Mid Wensleydale Partnership Ltd, the not-for-profit company behind other successful events in the town such as the popular 1940’s Weekend.

Company director Gerald Hodgson said: “I know it is a long time ahead but it is great to be offering musicians a glimpse of good cheer in the future.”

The Leyburn and Mid Wensleydale Partnership is being advised by Neil Dutton, a trustee of the charity Jazz North and a resident in West Witton.

Neil is primarily responsible for the selection of the bands.

He said: “This is a really exciting project and I am delighted to be involved.

“We’ve already signed up some world class artists and look forward to unveiling our full programme in due course.”