Edge Arts Centre justly rewarded

Lighthouse acknowledge the warm response on a recent visit to The Edge (Picture: Tom Foxall)

We’ve had quite a bit of this recently – the right people winning, the successes we can all cheer. And here is another.

The Edge Arts Centre in Much Wenlock has been putting on classy jazz gigs for a few years now, and and all this hard work has been recognised. I’ll let them explain as the press release says it all:

Much Wenlock’s innovative arts centre, The Edge, has been recognised with a grant by Jazz Services with the Performing Rights Society. The grant is for The Edge’s prestigious programme of jazz performances which have earned the centre a national reputation, and which attract the cream of British and international musicians.

 In awarding The Edge a grant for £1920, Chris Hodgkins, the Director of Jazz Services said: “We are very impressed by The Edge’s diverse and interesting programme and ethos, and the award is to encourage this further.”

 The Edge began developing its jazz programme with a grant from the Arts Council, and in recent years has presented concerts by such stars as Tord Gustavsen, Ralph Towner and Tomasz Stanko. The current programme boasts performances by New York jazz legend and grammy nominee Fred Hersch on October 7th; British singer Christine Tobin on October 20th and US/UK supergroup The Impossible Gentlemen, featuring Steve Swallow who has toured recently with Pat Metheny, on December 2nd.

 Arts Centre Director, Alison Vermee, said: “This award is a great boost to our jazz programme at a time when other sources of funding are under threat. It’s a great privilege to be able to bring internationally-known players to rural Shropshire. One of the biggest attractions for them is The Edge’s enthusiastic and loyal audience.”

Hurrah for Alison and The Edge! Find out more about the Arts Centre and the current jazz programme here

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