Burton Agnes Jazz And Blues Festival wows the crowds

Simon Cunliffe-Lister performs at the Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival.
Simon Cunliffe-Lister performs at the Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival.

A JAZZ and blues festival braved the torrential rain last Friday and enjoyed sunshine over the weekend.

Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival, hosted by Burton Agnes Hall and the Cunliffe-Lister family, saw over a thousand people come to enjoy international music acts over the weekend of July 6 to July 8.

The campsite had to be moved from its usual location at the hall’s Park Fields to the lawns outside Burton Agnes Hall due to the rain, but provided campers with a unique experience.

Music from Octopus kicked off the festival on Friday evening, and culminated in a closing performance from Ben Beattie’s Jazz Essentials on Sunday afternoon, featuring Simon Cunliffe-Lister on the saxophone.

Other acts included international jazz singer, Stacey Kent; Ian Siegal and the Mississippi Mudbloods, and twelve-year-old Jacob King from Bridlington, who played guitar on Saturday and Sunday, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd.

Simon Cunliffe-Lister, Custodian of Burton Agnes Hall, said: “We were delighted with it all and extraordinarily when we kicked it all off the sky cleared and the sun came out.

“It was quite a dramatic time sadly for other places being cancelled but it is going to take more than that to stop us.”

Mr Cunliffe-Lister said that the team had a constant stream of people praising the event.

Anna Briggs, marketing manager at Burton Agnes Hall, said that campers found it to be a magical experience waking up to the hall, parts of which date back to 1173.

She said: “I feel we might have some sunshine next year so we’re looking forward to it.”