Category Archives: Friends’ News

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.



Stochelo Rosenberg Dutch Quintette

The Brecon Jazz team are collaborating with North Wales Jazz and Theatr Brycheiniog to bring this unique show to the Festival.  The famous “gypsy jazz” Rosenberg brothers will be joined by their outstanding violinist Christiaan van Hermert, bassist Arnaud van den Berg and UK guitarist Chris Quinn at Theatre Brycheiniog on Sunday afternoon, 11 August.

More details will be available shortly.

Weekend and day tickets for the Festival will soon be available as well as special offers for members.

Scott Hamilton Quartet returns to Brecon

We are delighted to hear that the the famous American tenor sax player will be bringing his UK band to Brecon for a performance at the Guildhall on Saturday night, 10th August.   The Quartet will consist of  John Pearce on piano, Dave Green on bass and Steve Brown on drums.  Scott says he is thrilled to be returning to one of his favorite summer jazz festival events.

Return of Junior Jazz to the Festival

The organisers of Brecon Jazz Festival 2019 have announced the return of ‘JUNIOR JAZZ’ to the Festival, with a concert to be held on Friday 8 August in the town centre.

JUNIOR JAZZ is a showcase for younger performers in an end of course concert, led and directed by Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s Paula Gardiner. Paula, who is head of Jazz Studies at the College, has run this concert event for many years. It is the culmination of an intensive but fun week of teaching, coaching and rehearsing at the RWCMD in Cardiff, and will feature young musicians from the ages of 8 to 18 on stage. Festival audiences will recall these finale concerts held in Brecon in the past, and this year, in association with Paula Gardiner and her colleagues, the organisers are bringing the showcase concert back to the Festival. Tricia Keir, Head of the RWCMD’s pre-College department said they expected to feature a wide range of instrumentalists as well as vocalists, and they were all very pleased to be presenting as part of this year’s Brecon Jazz Festival.

This will be a FREE CONCERT that all can enjoy. Brecon Jazz Festival wants to show their support for what Paula and her colleagues are doing, the young players, and to give them the widest possible audience. So the free concert will be held in the town centre, as part of the afternoon Public Jazz programme, on Friday 8 August.

More details will be given nearer the time on this website. For any enquiries, please contact the BJ team by email on: