Runnymede Jazz Club - History 

Runnymede Jazz Club was formed in 1995 as a Member of Runnymede Association of Arts.

In September 1995 a jazz concert was held at the Chertsey Hall and was so successful that the Runnymede Association of Arts suggested it should become a regular event.   As a result, Peter King set up the Runnymede Jazz Club and became it’s first Chair.   He was supported by Harry Holden who volunteered to be Membership Secretary with further volunteers, Fred Thorley, Vi Webb and Pam Moloney.  

The first band to perform for the Runnymede Jazz Club was the Temperance Seven and at this time the club was working hand to mouth and was sometimes hard pushed to pay the bands.  We are now one of the largest jazz clubs in the UK and our concerts are extremely popular with the Runnymede community.

In 2015 the Club celebrated it’s 20th Anniversary with a celebration concert.   As 2015 was also the 800th Anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede, a special concert was held in June 2015 with Brian White’s Magna Jazz Band.

The Club’s concerts continue to be held at Chertsey Hall and Runnymede Jazz Club attracts the best bands available for everyone in Runnymede and surrounding areas to enjoy.

Now that Runnymede Association of Arts has been dissolved, we are no longer part of their Association.  We are a non-profit making unincorporated association and our aim is to promote the enjoyment of Traditional Jazz to all genres within Runnymede and beyond.

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