Take the High Street that’s the Best
For many years Marlborough has been seen as a haven for those who enjoy live music. The closure of the Jazz Festival after 30 years left in its wake a deserted band of music lovers with unsatisfied appetites.
A year ago an enthusiastic group of us met up in the back room of the Green Dragon to see if we might be able to fill this void by creating a new festival. The ambition was simply expressed: to create a festival which would stand the test of time by satisfying a broad audience with a range of music. All involved in this adventure live or work in the town and we are giving our time because it is exciting, and because we believe it to be worthwhile.
We have come a long way in a year with enormous support, both financial and in kind, from businesses and private individuals in and around Marlborough. As a prominent retailer said, “We’ve got a great opportunity to help shape this potentially fabulous festival into a mighty event for the town”.
Here, then, is Marlborough Rising. Thanks to Rick Stein I am writing this from our new office next to the restaurant. Do call in and say hello, or at least knock on the window and wish us luck.
We hope you will enjoy the show, find something to set your foot tapping, send a tingle down your spine and, just possibly, make you want to get up and dance the night away.
Robin Pritchard – Chairman, Marlborough Rising