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Festival fun, picnics and all that jazz in the park

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 09, 2014

  • Top, from left, Stuart McCrone, Caroline Hammersley, Rebekah Hammersley, Nathaniel Chadfield, Shar Tomlinson, Alistair Walker. Above, Hot House Jazz; famiies gather; below, the Clarke family, Rachel, Isaac, Elliott, Nathan; below left, Imogen Swift and Eloise Oates-Lidar.

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THE crowds came out in record numbers for the final day of this year's Ashbourne Festival.

The Memorial Garden was bathed in sunshine and many took advantage of the warm weather to enjoy an afternoon full of fun, laughter and live music.

The inspirational group Hot House Jazz provided the musical entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

One of the final events of Ashbourne Festival, Picnic in the Park offered families, friends, couples and music-lovers the chance to enjoy great music while relaxing in the tranquil gardens and enjoying a picnic.

Directed by Uttoxeter musician Jon Eno, Hot House Jazz have earned a formidable reputation as one of the best providers of private individual and ensemble music tuition in the country.

Hot House Jazz include a variety of musical and singing groups with performers of all ages, with 26 different contemporary youth music ensembles working from one of three Hot House Hubs which are based in Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire.

Young musicians are encouraged to develop their contemporary music skills by working alongside talented directors to boost their confidence and self-esteem.

The groups travel across the country to perform at concerts, balls, and fund-raisers as well as having the opportunity to tour abroad.

Ashbourne Festival started on June 20 and ended on Sunday.

It featured workshops, exhibitions and performances as well as Ashbourne International Streetfest which brought together some of the finest street performers.

Organisers said they were delighted with the success of this year's programme and plans are already under way for the 2015 event.

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