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About the Concert

Welcome from Lord Petre

It is a great pleasure, once again, to welcome everyone to the annual Rotary Jazz Concert in aid of local charities.  

It is difficult to believe that 2017 will be the event's twenty first uninterrupted year - a great tribute to the members of the Rotary Club of Ingatestone, and the former members of Shenfield & Hutton Rotary, who work so hard to make the event possible. I am afraid that all I have to do is to turn up and enjoy the music - a pleasant task, indeed - and so I must also acknowledge, with thanks, the part that my own staff will be playing in the preparations.

I do hope that you will all join me, in your usual large numbers, on 1st July to spend an evening of relaxed merriment and, in particular, to come prepared to participate in the Grand Parade of Decorated Umbrellas. I have every confidence that this is all you will require an umbrella for.

Some years ago, a Dutch visitor remarked that it was quite insane for we English, with our climate, even to contemplate an outdoor event but, if past experience is any guide, we can look forward to a gloriously balmy summer evening.

Lord Petre

General Information

Ingatestone Hall, Hall Lane, Ingatestone CM4 9NS -see website to find us.
Please note that the Ingatestone Hall Postcode (CM4 9NR) is incorrectly logged on some SatNav and mapping databases and should not be relied on

Free Parking is available, which is situated approximately 500 metres from the concert area.

Facilities for Persons with Disabilities
Special Parking available adjacent to concert area. Disabled toilets.

Casual. A light wrap or additional layer is recommended for cool evenings.

Bring your own chairs and tables

Our Charities


Farleigh Hospice exists to meet the needs of local people across mid Essex affected by life limiting illnesses and to support those who have been bereaved
Inside patients’ own homes and inside the Hospice’s environment – we offer a range of caring services which are tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient and their family. 
Farleigh Hospice,
North Court Road,
Essex, CM1 7FH.
Tel: 01245 457300 


Saint Francis Hospice is a centre of excellence in the care of those with life limiting illnesses.
Most of the people we care for like to stay in their own homes, therefore we provide support that allows them to do that. When this is not possible or when patients prefer the comfort of being in a clinical environment, we bring them into our hospice for specialist care.

Saint Francis Hospice,
The Hall Broxhill Road
Romford Essex RM4 1QH
01708 753319 


Our vision is that everyone who needs it should receive first aid from those around them. No one should suffer for the lack of trained first aiders.

St John Ambulance, 27 St John's Lane, London EC1M 4BU
Tel: 08700 10 49 50 

Our Sponsors in 2017

This list of our 2017 sponsors will be displayed at Ingatestone Hall during the event.
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The Umbrella Parade

Decorated Umbrella Parade
Rotary Club of Ingatestone is offering three prizes for the best Decorated Umbrellas

Entry is easy

All you have to do is to bring along your decorated Umbrella and join in the parade
The umbrella in each category under 5, under 16 and over 16 years of age
judged to be best will each receive a prize. (the judges decision is final)
Please help make the 2017 Umbrella Parade the best yet.
Saturday  1st July 2017 - Summer Evening Jazz - Ingatestone Hall: 6.15pm

Come and join in the fun at the Summer Evening Jazz 2017

History of the Decorated Umbrella Parade

Jazz – Storyville was its spawning ground and the streets of New Orleans its first home. There is no precise date for the birth of jazz as it came into being by a slow process and gradual fusion of many different strains and cultures. In the background lay the tribal rhythms of African ancestors, the work songs of the Southern field hands and the spirituals, gospel music that were the Negro’s own interpretation of the white man’s religion; the plaintive sound of the blues, the stomps probably derived from the folk dances and the pulsating syncopation of ragtime.

At the turn of the twentieth century in the city of New Orleans there were brass bands white and negro, marching in parades and funeral processions followed by the mourners; on the way to the cemetery the band would play dirges, then on returning stomping out tunes of celebration of the departed passing to the Promised Land.
The mourners and watching crowds would join in the celebration dancing to the rhythmic music under the shade of highly decorated parasols.

Come and join with us on Saturday 2nd July at this years’ Summer Evening Jazz when we recreate the happy scene in the grounds of Ingatestone Hall.

The Bands


Classic New Orleans Jazz of the 1920s

Featuring the music of Joe King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Johnny Dodds,
The New Orleans Wanderers and other bands from the classic era.
The Frog Island Jazz Band, formed in 1962, features Classic New Orleans Jazz of the twenties and early thirties. The band’s repertoire covers the music from a wide range of bands of the era which include such names as Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers, The New Orleans Wanderers, Johnny Dodd’s Blackbottom Stompers, Papa Celestin’s Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra and King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. Despite the limitations of the line up, with only one cornet, the band has built an international reputation for its feeling and enthusiasm when recreating the Classic King Oliver recordings.

During its 55 years existence the band has appeared regularly at jazz clubs throughout the United Kingdom, and has played on numerous occassions in Holland, Belgium and Germany. In April 1980 the band travelled to New Orleans and was the only British band to appear at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Returning in 1982, The Mayor of New Orleans conferred the title of ‘International Honorary Citizens’ upon the band for its service to the music of the city. The band returned for the festival again in 1986 and 1988, receiving a warm and enthusiastic reception.


The Essex based Salty Town Six are a group of jazz musicians steeped in the traditions of New Orleans music. The band play a wide selection of tunes form the 1920s and 1930s. Most of the band members have made and played this music for more than 50 years and it is part of them.

Their music, live and bouncing, while dated in origin attracts fans of all ages and is sure to get your feet tapping.

Band personnel:
Bill Jenkins - trumpet    George Tidiman - trombone    Goff Dubber - Clarinet
Olley Benson - banjo/guitar    Ron West - drums    Derek Pring - bass 

Report on the 2016  Concert

Umbrellas making a splash at Jazz Festival

On account of the dismal weather leading up to the event and the prospect of thunderstorms on the night, the attendance was well down this year. 
After seeing out a heavy downpour just before the start at 6:15, with just another shower, the evening went off well. Everyone enjoyed the music; many umbrellas were decorated and faces painted before the highlight of the "Umbrella Parade". Our judges Elaine Jeater and Diane Welton selected 3 best umbrellas in age groups and the best 2 painted faces.  

The Rotary Club are grateful to all those stalwarts who, damp & cold, saw out most of the concert, which finished slightly earlier due to the cold and damp night . 

Despite the wet evening, over £4000 was made for our chosen charities - albeit less than we had hoped for. 
Thanks go to the Bands, the Sponsors, our Suppliers, ATC [Hutton], those who gave raffle prizes and to all club members for their support and to Lord Petre for welcoming us to his gardens. 
The event is in aid of Farleigh Hospice and Saint Francis Hospice, Essex St. John Ambulance & other Rotary charities.  Always an evening of Classic New Orleans Jazz by The Frog Island Jazz Band and The Salty Town Six New Orleans Jazz Band. 

Brentwood Gazette  - June 29th 2016 
"Umbrellas making a splash at jazz festival"  - prophetic news coverage!! 

 Brentwood Gazette  - July 5th 2016
Concert is wet,wet, wet - but all that jazz stops music fans from getting the blues 

Photo Gallery

Over the past few years, we have collated this photo gallery - with acknowledgments to members of the Ingatestone & District Camera Club  for their images.
You'll find them here 

Stage with Ingatestone hall in background

Another view

Gazebo and floor

Gazebo without sides. The gazebo leg height can be extended by 3" or 6"

Gazebo Floor

The floor will be extended to 'fill' the full area of the gazebo.
An additional 3 boards on the rhs where blue tarpaulin is lying on the gravel

Radio interviews

Listen to the late Rotarian David Goodman's interviews on phoenix98fm and BBC Essex 

Sadly David died in August 2014, but his words more than adequately paint a picture of what Rotary and this popuar event are all about. 

phoenix98fm  -  Friday 5th July 2013 - Interviewed by Bob Simpson
"In the second hour I was delighted to be joined in the studio by David Goodman from Ingatestone Rotary Club who came in to tell us about the annual jazz concert at Ingatestone Hall tomorrow."

*** You can listen to David Goodman's interview here ***

BBC Essex

Friday 5th July 2013 - Interviewed by Mark Punter

***   You can listen to David Goodman's interview here ***