Category Archives: Friends’ News


Friends’ feedback is very important to FoBJ and to the organisers of the Festival.  Therefore the Membership Secretary has been asked to compile a report for the next Committee meeting at the end of October.

So if you can please email your comments on music content, venues, organisation, clubhouse etc., by the end of September that would be very helpful.   Thank you.

Please retain your lanyards for next year

The lanyards proved very useful for identifying us and for promoting the Friends.  Please keep them to use again next year but if you do lose yours, we have more.  For the new members who had problems finding the clubhouse we have put directions on the Map page of this site.  We look forward to welcoming you there next year.

FoBJ hands over cheque for £2,500 to Festival organisers

Brecon Jazz Festival organisers, Lynne Gornall and Roger Cannon, send a big thank you to all The Friends who have, through their subscriptions and donations, enabled FoBj to hand over £2,500 to them again this year.   As they receive very little funding and are volunteers themselves, depending on volunteers throughout the festival, every amount they receive is vital to ensure Brecon Jazz Festival continues and flourishes.

On behalf of The Friends we would like to extend our thanks to the festival organisers and all the volunteers from Brecon Jazz Club for all their hard work and excellent organisation.  They were always ready to assist and it was lovely to be greeted at the venues by smiling faces.  As soon as we receive the reviews and feedback on this 2019 festival they will be available on this site.  But in the meantime, from our point of view, it was a fabulous Festival – in its 36th year – with fantastic musicians giving wonderful concerts throughout the weekend.  What more could we ask for?  Even the weather, although it was a bit wet and windy, was kind to us compared to other regions of the UK – with the sun putting in an appearance from time to time.

FINAL message before Brecon Jazz 2019

The following email has been received today – Monday 5th August 2019 – from the Festival organisers:

Dear Brecon Jazz supporters –

Welcome to Brecon – map and town carparking link below: but please also note town centre roads closed: High Streets areas/Bulwark/upper Lion Street
Car  Parking in Brecon Info HERE

Friday Festival Big Band concert (Fri 9 August – SOLD OUT): Ticketholders, please reply to advise choices for the hot plate meal. It will be served in the Castle Hotel Ballroom adjacent dining area from 7.15pm onwards. RSVP to BRECON JAZZ FESTIVAL <> to advise option per person, and also tell us any allergies, exclusions, or also access difficulties.

  • Chicken Curry (is Gluten Free)
  • Beef Bourguignon (is Gluten Free…dish probably contains alcohol)
  • Vegetable Moussaka (is Vegetarian, contains dairy)
  • Vegetable Curry (is Vegan and non diary)

All served with potato, rice, salad & bread – no need to advise on these unless having a special allergy to one etc.

CONCERTS SEATING: Weekend Pass-holders you need to be in your seat in good time please: team will sell tickets to any unoccupied seats shortly before the performance begins. Others can join wait lists via Bobbins, see below.

NO TICKETS? join a waiting list – some will get seats. Also, look online, we have a few tickets left – Check Sunday HERE.

Come anyway, lots to do and hear, such as:

  • Plenty of jazz in the cafes, streets and bars: see HERE.
  • Brecon Jazz photo exhibitions at The Muse and The Theatr (top floor) and in town – free, open access. Open all weekend & all of August
  • Saturday afternoon 3.15pm St Marys Swing Dance Class Introduction with Ann & Graeme of acclaimed teachers “Hoppin Mad”. FREE just go along
  • Sunday all day 11.30am-3.30pm Guildhall Drop-In Jazz Art with Welsh artist Karin Mear. Listen to classic sounds on vinyl and get inspired. FREE, pop in.

You can buy BJ Posters, ‘vintage’ collage posters, BJ Books, branded water holders, and T shirts. Also last minute tickets. All at Bobbins in the High Street, Tel. 01874 622287 (Jenny Smart) or can order:

All visitors: the Guildhall ‘FESTIVAL OFFICE’ is your contact and info point – Weekend Ticketholders please get your badges here (if rushed, venue teams will have lists). NB unoccupied seats will be sold 5-10 mins before the performance begins.

This is our final mailing before the weekend Brecon Jazz Festival Weekend 2019. Download programme now available – HERE.

LIANE CARROLL SOLO  (‘vocals, keys, stories, and much more’) leads a charitable ‘SIDE BY SIDE’ fundraiser concert in aid of HUMANITARIAN AID TO REFUGEES: Friday 9th August, 6.00-7.15pm at St Marys Stage. Tickets £15. Not to be missed!  TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FRIDAY  HERE

Festival update from the organisers

  • Don’t miss the opening programme of jazz on Friday 9 August, beginning with the Brecon Town Concert Band at St Mary’s Church from just before 12 noon, then Jazz Trio, Ukes Jazz and Junior Jazz concert, until 5pm.
  • There will also be a free Swing Dance class on Saturday (at St Mary’s) with free daytime drop-in Jazz-Music-Art sessions on Sunday (Guildhall).

Special FoBJ Weekend Pass no longer available after Friday 14 June

A reminder to Members to order their hugely discounted Brecon Jazz Festival Weekend Passes by Friday 14 June.  These are only available to paid-up members so if you have not paid your membership subscription yet please do so today or tomorrow as our Membership Secretary will be away from Wednesday 12th for a few days so will not be able to process applications again until her return at the weekend.

Then go to and click on “ticket sales” at the top of the page, go to Thurs 8 August and enter your special membership code in order to proceed.

Also there is a reduction in the price of individual tickets during the month of June.  Tickets can be purchased on line from or they can be purchased by telephone through Bobbins of Brecon on 01874 622287.

Festival ticketing options Aug 9-11 2019


Standard Weekend ticket will be available at a special price for FoBJ members of £125 (£175 to the public). This represents a discount of over 40% on purchase of all the included events. Weekend Ticket Pass includes Friday Big Band & meal + 2 other events (Talk & key Concert) plus 10 concerts Sat-Sun including 4 main headlines.  The FoBJ 3-day Weekend Pass (£125) runs from Friday 1pm to Sunday 9.30pm and includes all of:-

Friday 9 Aug – 3 events including talk, concert; Big Band + meal

Sat 10 Aug – 5 concerts incl. 2 big headlines plus a special invited eve event

Sun 11 Aug – 5 concerts incl. 3 options @ lunchtime and 2 headlines.


The FoBJ 3-day Weekend Pass PLUS (£140) includes all the above PLUS SidebySide concert

The Side by Side Friday concert is priced at £15 and is included in the ‘PLUS’ option

For tickets and programme information, go to: :  See TICKET SALES OR JAZZ FESTIVAL PROGRAMME at the top of the page.


Sat DAY PASS £85 – 5 concerts including  two key headlines normally priced at  £26 each

Sun DAY PASS £65 – 5 concerts including two headline events normally priced £16 and £26

There is no ‘Friday’ Day Pass. The advance price for the Big Band concert alone is £36 with priority places for W/E tickets.


INDIVIDUAL CONCERTS – all concerts have an ‘advance’ and a ‘standard’ price. Advance is available from now through June to everyone. 


For those members who prefer to book by telephone, individual concert tickets can be purchased from Bobbins of Brecon on 01874 622287.  Payment by card or cheque

Invited event: Saturday 10 August, 9.30pm Wellington Hotel Suite.  This is a private event for sponsors, Weekend ticket-holders & FOBJ members, BJF planning and support team.  Includes Music, Pay Bar.

Please note – if you have paid your FOBJ subscription for 2019 you will receive a separate email with details of how to access the booking system and take advantage of the priority booking arrangements.  If you believe you have paid but don’t get this second email please contact the membership secretary.

If you haven’t yet paid your subs now would be a good time to do it!  Please run out and complete the membership form on this website and send to the membership secretary with details of your payment.