MADhurst treat for jazz lovers with Milestone Collective

Members of the Milestone Collective Swing Band
Members of the Milestone Collective Swing Band

IT’S a must for jazz lovers and back by popular demand at this year’s MADhurst festival is the Milestone Collective Swing Band featuring talented jazz musicians from around the south of England.

They will be helping to launch the first weekend of MADhurst with a concert on Sunday, August 18, at Midhurst Rother College.

Their music will span Glen Miller through to Gordon Goodwin with a special feature of Duke Ellington’s Peer Gynt Suite.

The swing band made its debut last year and has since been making a name for itself on the Sussex music scene.

Organiser Alistair Gibson said: “When we ran this event as an accompanying concert to the brass band evening last year, we didn’t realise how much of a success it would be.

“We are very proud to be running this as a single event this year.”

Tickets are on sale in the MADhurst box office in Midhurst’s West Street at £7.50.

Alistair’s passion for music has led to the launch of another new fundraising venture during MADhurst this year.

On Saturday, August 24, he and his Bavarian Brass Band will be doing a 12-hour non-stop busk, touring pubs in the area to raise funds for Brass for Africa which supports musical projects for disadvantaged children in Uganda and Liberia. Check out the website

Look out in the Observer for the full events listing for MADhurst