Bands hit high notes in Uckfield


BANDSTAND Marathon is part of the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration which started on June 21 and runs until September 9 bringing together leading artistes from across the world with the very best from the UK.

Uckfield has been selected as one of 300 official Bandstand Marathon events to be held on September 9.

These are co-ordinated national events that are part of the official Cultural Olympiad and, at Uckfield, the bandstand will be formed outside the Civic Centre providing a free promenade event with live music by Uckfield performers between 1pm and 5pm.

Local musicians are taking this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the largest closing cultural event of London 2012 thanks to The Fletching Singers, with support from Uckfield Town Council and local business. The musical performance held in Uckfield will be one of hundreds of outdoor, community concerts taking place simultaneously across the country, making up the Bandstand Marathon.

The Uckfield event coincides with the closing of the Paralympic games and will be a charity event, raising money from collections and souvenir programme sales for local charities including Uckfield Housebound, Chailey Heritage and Demelza House children’s hospice. It will include all types of music including bands, groups, choirs and individual musicians and singers.

MC for the Uckfield Bandstand will be Barry Horsman who will present the performers.

Local musicians and singers taking part will include the Fletching Singers and the Uckfield Singers supported by local acts which include Uckfield Concert Brass, Debs Dancers, Lucy Williams and Rock and Blues band Red Butler; all performing at a temporary bandstand in front of the Uckfield Civic Centre.

Katharine Lane, organiser Superact’s associate director, explains: “This is a fantastic opportunity for musicians to showcase their talent to their local community and feel they are playing a part in London 2012. The Bandstand Marathon aims to include as much live performance from as many cultures and communities as possible.”