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Jazz Success
Monday 23rd July, 2012

This year's Wigan International Jazz Festival has been hailed one of the best in recent years!

Despite the tough economic times, ticket sales for the five day jazz extravaganza increased by 60 per cent on last year.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra brought the curtain down on the festival on Sunday (June 15). More than 2,500 people enjoyed the evening concerts held at Lowri Beck Celebration Hall, Robin Park while more than a 1,000 flocked to open air concerts in the town centre and Mesnes Park.

Wigan International Jazz Festival is organised by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust in association with Wigan Jazz Club.

Ian Darrington, festival organiser, said: "This year's festival was a huge success and extremely well attended. More than a thousand people enjoyed the free outdoor concerts in the town centre and Mesnes Park. During the four days more than 2,500 visitors attended the evening concerts at Lowri Beck Celebration Hall, Robin Park while Gordon Goodwin's performance alone attracted an audience in excess of 500 people.

"Once again the International Jazz Festival attracted some of the biggest names in jazz to Wigan providing a quality and variety that has been the hallmark of this event for more than a quarter of a century."

The 27th Wigan International Jazz Festival, sponsored by Manchester Airport, kicked off with A J Brown performing at a special Jazz Ball at Haigh Hall.

Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra directed by David Little with special guest James Morrison from Australia, Gordon Goodwin, former organist with "The Animals" Alan Price and Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra directed by John Ellis MBE were just some of the musical treats held this year.

For the 22nd year running Manchester Airport once again sponsored the event along with a host of local businesses including Gordons Honda, Lowri Beck, PA Hull & Co, Stephensons Solicitors LLP, Grant Thornton, Leisuretec Ltd, Wigan Council, WLCT, Wigan Dry Cleaners and Wigan Jazz Club.

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