Picnic Jazz at the Pavilion

In 2003 a small committee was formed to organise a one off fundraising Black Tie Jazz Dinner to help raise funds for restoration work on St. Bartholomew’s Church in Orford, Suffolk. A marquee was ordered, menus fixed, 250 tickets sold and a little known singer/pianist booked to entertain. Unfortunately, shortly before the event was due to take place, the little known entertainer hit the big time and had to pull out of his commitment in Orford. The event went ahead with the captivating Victoria Newton proving to be a worthy replacement with her Latin American influenced performance encouraging the diners to work off the calories after dinner.

To make up for the cancellation the original singer/pianist offered another date and agreed to perform at a Picnic Jazz event later in the year in the gardens of a large house on the river in Orford. As a result, Jamie Cullum was responsible for launching an event that has been repeated every year since then raising funds for local worthy causes.

With a capacity limited to around 300, Jazz at The Pavilion became a popular, intimate event on the Suffolk social calendar as well as attracting jazz lovers from further afield. Headline acts have included: Jacqui Dankworth, Gwyneth Herbert (twice), Sarah Moule, Joanna Eden, Lianne Carroll, Clive Carroll, Toby Allen and Tina May with Tony Coe, John Etheridge, Winston Clifford, Mark Hodgson,The Melissa James Trio, The Anthony Strong Trio, Emma Divine and Natasha Hodge with Jazz Bazaar.

This event has now been discontinued.

Past Performers

Black Tie

2003 Victoria Newton

Picnic Jazz

Jamie Cullum
Jacqui Dankworth
Gwyneth Herbert
Sarah Moule
Joanna Eden
Lianne Carroll
Clive Carroll
Toby Allen
Gwyneth Herbert
Tina May
Melissa James
Anthony Strong
Georgia Mancio
Polly Gibbons
Emma Divine
Natasha Hodge

Orford Picnic Jazz at The Pavilion

After 13 successful years raising funds for local good causes, this event ceased in 2015.