2013 Jazz Sous les Pommiers in Normandy Declared a Vintage Year

ilijazx800The 32nd Jazz Sous les Pommiers festival at Coutances in Lower Normandy has been declared a success by the organisers with 36 out of 46 concerts sold out.

The annual festival suffered last year with a deficit of €37,000 recorded but with 95% attendance for this year the festival director Denis Le Bas said it had been an exceptional event.

Ticket sales brought in €420,000 with over 35,000 people at the concerts and a record 2,215 subscriptions for week long tickets. Bars, restaurants and shops also benefitted from the increased attendance this year.

‘These figures mean that we can recoup our losses. They have revived the festival,’ added Mr Le Bas. He added that more people used online booking to secure their tickets in advance and this probably helped sales to increase.

The Mayor of Coutances, Yves Lamy, declared it a vintage year. ‘You can look in vain, nothing can put a damper on this year. All the criteria of success were met; quality concerts, an exceptional rate of attendance, decent weather, a great atmosphere and a friendly team,’ he said.

It is estimated that overall around 800 amateur musicians took part with free concerts and music in the parks and streets.
The final big concert of the week was Gregory Porter with invited guest American jazz lyricist and singer Jon Hendricks. The singer, now 91, became an honorary citizen of Coutances in 1994, 50 years after he took part in the D-Day landings on Utah beach.

Next year’s festival will be from the 24 to the 31 May and it is hoped that Mr Hendricks can return as the team of organisers are looking for inspiration from the D-Day as 2014 is the 70th anniversary of the landings. ‘There will certainly be a wink towards music from that era,’ said Mr Le Bas.

About Ray Clancy

Ray Clancy has 20 years experience in journalism including contributing articles to print and on-line publications such as PropertyWire.com, Property World Middle East and websites for estate agents. She has also written for the Daily Telegraph and Mail on Sunday.

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