Jamie Cullum to jazz it up in Bath!

The Forever Friends Appeal and Wessex Water announced that international jazz sensation Jamie Cullum will be performing an open air show on the Recreation Ground in Bath on Sunday 31st July 2005, to raise funds towards a second state-of-the-art CT Scanner for the Royal United Hospital.

Supported by fellow jazz star, Clare Teal , the show will feature new material from Jamie’s forthcoming album due for release in autumn 2005 and will be the first time that the Recreation Ground has been used as the setting for a major show by a jazz and chart artist.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising at The Forever Friends Appeal, says: “With the Appeal having exceeded the ?5 million mark and the urgent need for a second ?760k CT scanner at the RUH, we were very excited when Jamie’s father, John Cullum, who is a Vice President of the charity, offered to help us secure Jamie’s support. We are delighted that Jamie has chosen to host such a major fundraiser, which is also guaranteed to be a true highlight of the summer social calendar in Bath and beyond”.

Jamie Cullum says: “With its aim of ?10 million for state-of-the-art medical equipment for the RUH, The Forever Friends Appeal is truly a charity with relevance to absolutely everyone in this area. Having grown up in the region, my friends and family are among the 500,000 people who could find themselves relying on the services provided by the hospital and I am therefore very excited to be able to help the Appeal in this way”.

Dubbed Sinatra in sneakers, Jamie attracts fans of all ages and crosses genres with his music by performing traditional jazz alongside modern classics by bands such as Radiohead.

He is described by the Daily Mail as having an “… anarchic spirit and sense of fun that the stage has trouble containing. Fortunately, with his rare talent, he can switch from jester to jazz maestro in a flash.”

In 2003, Jamie achieved the accolade of becoming the biggest selling UK Jazz Artist of all time and became a Platinium selling artist when his album ‘Twentysomething’ became the fastest selling jazz album in UK chart history.

‘Jamie on the Rec’ is being supported by Wessex Water and sponsored by The Bath Chronicle and GWR FM. A number of concert sponsorship opportunities linked to excellent corporate hospitality arrangements in the Hampton Stand are still available.

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