Steward Volunteering

Volunteer to be a steward

To ensure every event runs smoothly, we need a large number of volunteer stewards to manage audience access to venues and help them find their way around. You don’t require any particular skills to qualify, all we look for are dependable and conscientious people (over the age of 18) who enjoy getting involved and helping out.

stewards Our volunteer stewards are the 'oil' that keeps the weekend’s wheels turning and as such have played an important part in making the Marlborough International Jazz Festival what it is – one of the world’s leading music events of its type.

As a volunteer steward you have the opportunity to see many of the acts of your choice when not on duty (subject to venue capacity and entry limitations) and you may get the chance to meet the performers in person both front of house and ‘backstage’.

As the Marlborough International Jazz Festival grows, so the word spreads and the number of applications for volunteer steward places grows relentlessly. We filled all our steward places well before the event last year. We strongly suggest that if you want to be involved, make your application straight away on the form below.

Volunteers whose applications are accepted will also be added to the Stewards' Club mailing list and receive periodic updates.

The Stewards’ Club is also your opportunity to tell us how we can make the stewarding more effective and, of course, more enjoyable for everyone involved.

If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer steward, please contact us at .


The Role

As a volunteer steward you’ll be checking festival goers’ entry badges, monitoring numbers at each gig and helping as necessary at the venue.

There are usually at least two volunteer stewards at the venue’s entrance.

Duty periods can vary depending on the time of day. The longest period is during Saturday afternoon and is just over 5 hours, which includes a break of 45 minutes.

An area steward will be your immediate point of contact with the Festival organisers should there be any issue that can’t be resolved on the spot (such as police/first aid assistance, performer queries and so on).

Volunteer stewards will not be involved with any security issues for which we employ official stewards.


If you would like to apply for a stewarding role at Marlborough Jazz 2016 and join our list of volunteers please complete this form


Our Sponsors and Supporters

We would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters. Without them there would not be a Festival!


Lead Sponsor

Kerridge Commercial Systems


Awdry Bailey & Douglas

Covered Occasions

Fuller, Smith & Turner

Greene King

The Hills Group Limited

Robert Hiscox

John P Kummer Ltd


Savernake View Care Home

Wiltshire Life


Deacon & Son

Ducklings Toy Shop
Grange Land Rover
Henry George
Hilliers Yard Cafe and Shops
Brewin Dolphin
Vivien Clark & Family 
Gold Bars
Frans & Juliet Scheepers
Trustees of the Priory Gardens

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Marlborough Jazz is resoundingly back in town with a gala of non-stop, all-star music in Marlborough Town Hall over the weekend of July 14th-16th.

The huge volume of support the organisers received after the 2016 Festival convinced them that the best way to thank their loyal followers would be to stage a top-drawer programme featuring the quality and variety of performances that they came to expect in former years.

Take a look at the 2017 programme set out below and buy your tickets for what promises to be a great weekend in Marlborough.

The programme maintains the Festival’s international traditions with top performers coming from the USA, Sweden, Italy, Spain and France, as well as the home-grown stars. You can view the full line-up here, which includes Greg Abate, Robin Jones Latin Underground, Gabby Young and the fabulous Clare Teal and her Big Mini Big-Band.


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Press Enquiries


For media enquiries and to apply for press tickets,

please contact Nick Fogg on: 01672 512656.


The First 25 Years:  1986 - 2011


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In 2011 we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Marlborough International Jazz Festival.   When Nick Fogg became Mayor of Marlborough (for the first time) in 1985 he made a promise to the town to set up a festival which would culturally enhance and do justice to this historic market town that earned its Royal Charter in 1204.

From its inception as the Marlborough Music & Arts Festival, and later as the Marlborough International Jazz Festival, this great event has owed its development to the generosity of sponsors both near and far, as well as to the hard work and committment of generations of volunteers and keen supporters.

Nick was as good as his word.   In early 1986 a group of twenty people from the town, led by Nick, met in the Town Hall to bring the Festival into being.   As a result of this a charity named Marlborough Festival of Music and the Arts was founded to supervise the operation of the Festival.

The first Festival was organised to take place for the entire week of June 1 to 8!   There was little time to prepare and yet the programme was exciting and broad based - the events representing a diverse spectrum which comprised music, drama, philosophical lectures and poetry readings, arts and crafts, comedy and fun children's events.

At the first Festival there were twenty events, including a Saturday of Artists at Work in The Priory Gardens.   Ticket prices ranged from £1.00 (including a free glass of wine) to £10.00 (including food) at the various events.   The Saturday of Artists at Work led to the now well established Marlborough Open Studios which currently runs for four weekends throughout July.

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In 1989, for the first time, an entire day in the Festival was devoted to Jazz - the ISIS International Jazz Day.   This saw the introduction of the Jazz Day Stroller ticket.   This Festival incorporated 23 wide ranging classical music concerts, exhibitions and other arts events over 17 days, with venues from Marlborough High Street to Birmingham (a coach was arranged!).

The first 3 day jazz weekend was introduced in 1990.

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The growing success of the Jazz Festival was later marked in 1993 by the first appearance of The Jools Holland Big Band.   Unsurprisingly, this was an event which, over the next few years, was to prove extremely popular and did much to elevate the image of jazz in Marlborough, both within the community and far beyond.

After this, the Festival soon began to develop an international reputation attracting bands and performers from around the globe with American and European artists being prominent.  

It was July 1997 however, which saw the arrival of the Marlborough International Jazz Festival - 30 bands in 15 venues as the main representation of the Festival.   With the car manufacturer Rover sponsoring the Stroller ticket, it became known as the Rover rather than the Stroller!

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Throughout the 25 years we have been fortunate to have local artists such as Karon Staniland, Richard Shirley-Smith and Colin Palmer who have designed and created tremendous art for Jazz Festival publicity.

From 1998 through 2004 the programme format changed to a pocket sized version and the word "jazz", in its current format, was introduced.   In 2005 the size was increased with band listings and a map of venues in the centre.

jazz 2009

Of our founder committee members, Printha Ellis and her husband Mark, who were responsible for all publicity, have remained invloved.   They resigned in 1996 to concentrate on their successful careers.   When Printha was tragically killed in a car accident, Mark established the Printha Trust which has continued to support the Festival ever since.  

And, of course, there is the ubiquitous Nick Fogg with his enormous stamina and dedication.   As Festival Founder and Director, he has been with the Festival continuously since its inception - 25 years!   As Mayor, Town and County Councillor, as well as general citizen, he has been instrumental in many changes in and around Marlborough.

The path the Festival has taken thus far has been very much influenced by the presence of sponsorship income.   GWR FM was the first overall Festival sponsor, with The Hills Group Limited having contributed consistently throughout the years.   The current lead sponsor, Brewin Dolphin, has now been the lead sponsor for many years.  

We are grateful to all our sponsors and indebted to so many other individuals, organisations and businesses who have supported us.

Here's to the next 25 years!