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Thursday, 7 June 2012

Northampton joins Bandstand Marathon to close London 2012 Festival

Local musicians from Northampton will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in the largest closing cultural event of London 2012 on 9th September thanks to Northampton Borough Council.

Musical performances held at Abington Park bandstand will be one of hundreds of outdoor, community concerts taking place simultaneously across the country, making up the Bandstand Marathon.

Music of all types is welcomed. Bands, groups, choirs and individual musicians are being sought to perform, helping to make the Bandstand Marathon truly memorable and create a cultural legacy for others. 

Councillor Brandon Eldred, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for community engagement said: "The Bandstand Marathon will tie in with the end of our annual Bands in the Park season which sees music at the bandstand every Sunday from 6 May to 9 September.
"As well as traditional brass and wind instrument bands, this year also sees the return of Folk in the Park, an afternoon of music from Northampton's best covers' band, music to accompany the runners during the "Race for Life" event, and, of course, the Bandstand Marathon finale.
"We're looking forward to joining the rest of the nation in closing the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad with this event and would encourage local musicians to get involved."
There is also the opportunity for one band to have the responsibility of programming a Bandstand Marathon event for which full support and training will be given by not-for-profit arts organisation Superact and Making Music, the UK’s leading organisation for voluntary music.
Katharine Lane, Superact’s Associate Director, explains: " It’s not only bands who can apply for the Event Programmer role; we are welcoming interest from community groups such as Friends of the Park, not-for-profit organisations, charities etc. so that everyone can be part of this wonderful celebration.”

Bandstand Marathon is part of the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration from 21 June and running until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.
For more details about getting involved, please call the Bandstand Marathon team at Superact on 01823 332413 or visit the website

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