It’s another fab Oxjam line-up for Leighton

Orchestral Manoeuvres in Jazz who are appearing at Oxjam
Orchestral Manoeuvres in Jazz who are appearing at Oxjam

The ninth Oxjam festival is now well under way with another packed programme of great music to suit all ages and tastes.

It’s an opportunity for locals to enjoy some sensational sounds while donating much-needed funds to alleviate poverty and suffering – as Oxjam team member Hollie Smith has done.

All Saints Choir who will be singing evensong at Oxjam

All Saints Choir who will be singing evensong at Oxjam

She said: “A few nights ago I saw an amazing semi-professional band performing some of my favourite songs. They brought me to my feet.

“I put an entirely optional tenner in the Oxjam bucket and had a ball.”

Most events are free entry, with an Oxjam collection.

Highlight on March 14 is the Leighton-Linslade Concert Band concert, comprising a varied programme of wind band music at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hall, Beaudesert at 7.30pm. Free entry, with a collection for Oxjam and the church.

Paul Daggett who will be giving an organ recital at OxJam

Paul Daggett who will be giving an organ recital at OxJam

It’s big band karaoke with Orchestral Manoeuvres in Jazz on Friday (March 17) – an opportunity to get up and perform in front of the full band at The Duke’s, Heath and Reach, from 7.30pm.

On Saturday (March 18), Paul Daggett will give an organ recital at All Saints Church at 4pm, with music by Widor, Vierne and Muley.

Visitors are invited to All Saints Church on Sunday (March 19) at 6pm for a choral evensong, a glass of wine and a short concert at 7pm.

Oxjam spokesman Garry Layden said: “We encourage everyone to come along, dig deep and enjoy wonderful local music. Last year the local community raised more than £6,700.”

> More details at www.oxjamleightonbuzzard.org.uk