Brecon Jazz

Welcome to the world famous Brecon Jazz festival 2012 and Orchard’s first year as operator of this cultural heritage event – a responsibility we acknowledge as well as being an exciting privilege. Based in Wales we’ve grown up with nearly 30 years of Brecon Jazz, and had some fantastic experiences here, in this beautiful setting. We aim to recapture some of that magic that has made Brecon such a thrilling place to be on the second weekend of August over the decades.
We won’t be able to do this overnight. Circumstances dictate that 2012 will be an interim year with over 22 concerts programmed as well as some workshops and master classes in a very short space of time – but we believe this is a powerful line-up, covering the broad territory that Jazz music occupies. From legendary names such as Dionne Warwick and Roy Ayers to the likes of Neil Cowley and Lighthouse, to collaborations put together by this year’s artist-in-residence Huw Warren to emerging and Welsh Jazz talent, and late club nights in the Market Hall.
We’ve also listened to local people and visitors and are bringing some welcome colour and atmosphere back to the streets of Brecon with a variety of family friendly street entertainment throughout the weekend, and Brecon Fringe has done a great job in programming music in bars, venues and around the town to complement our programme.
We’ve received so much goodwill and co-operation since we were appointed from local people and organisations in this lovely town and surrounding area. We appreciate how much Brecon Jazz means to so many people, and are committed to delivering an outstanding event this year and in the future.
Pablo Janczur
Director Orchard
Operator Brecon Jazz
BRECON JAZZ 2013 PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED!  on Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:26  PDF version
We’re very excited to announce the programme for Brecon Jazz festival 2013 today, which will take place between the 9th and 11th of August.  2013 will see a third more gigs than last year, a sprinkling of stellar names and leading lights of the Jazz world. Courtney Pine, Django Bates,...
BRECON JAZZ 2013  on Sat, 25/05/2013 - 11:08  PDF version
With just under 3 months to go before Brecon Jazz 2013 kicks off, we at BJ HQ can hardly believe how quickly the festival is coming around again. It feels like just yesterday that the phenomenal Neil Cowley Trio almost blew the roof off Brecon Cathedral as the final act of 2012! Were super busy...
BRECON JAZZ 2013 PROGRAMME TO BE ANNOUNCED FEBRUARY 2013!  on Fri, 18/01/2013 - 15:08  PDF version
It’s been just over 3 months since this year’s Brecon Jazz Festival. Whilst things may have gone quiet we have been busy working on the event for 2013, where we’ve been planning an expanded program from 2013 and aiming to make the festival bigger and better. Our aim is to...
Brecon Jazz programme announced  on Fri, 08/06/2012 - 02:00  PDF version   BRECON JAZZ 2012 LINE UP ANNOUNCED BY NEW OPERATOR Orchard, the new operator of the world famous Brecon Jazz festival has announced a compact and powerful programme for the August event, an interim year given the short timescales involved, which brings...
HSBC Brecon Jazz August 7-10  on Mon, 04/08/2008 - 02:00  PDF version
HSBC Brecon Jazz celebrates 25 Years with over 90 performances in 4 days HSBC Brecon Jazz is almost here, August 7-10. The Stroller programme has now been announced and is stronger than ever - 75 gigs over the weekend for just £48 (Day Strollers also available).   Look up