It's a love story to feed the senses in Marsden.

Tomorrow , Marsden Mechanics Hall will be filled with the sounds and smells of a one-off music and food event.

Marsden Menuscript has been organised by Marsden Jazz Festival, with funding from Arts Council England, to promote the annual village highlight.

The brainchild of co-directors Hugh Nankivell and Wils Wilson, writer Anna Clarkson and producer Taru Sinclair, Marsden Menuscript – the Food of Love tells the tale of an Italian chef looking for his long-lost love in Marsden.

The story is told through the different groups of people he meets.

Over the past few weeks, community groups and school children have been working with guest musicians including Meilyr Jones, Eve Harrison, Ben McCabe and Annie Whitehead to create new music specially for the event.

Year 2 students at Marsden Infant School took part in a song-writing workshop last week.

Head teacher Frances Swallow said: “It was a fantastic experience for a whole year group to work with well-known artistes.

“Children of all abilities have enjoyed creating their own special piece of music. Out of nothing, this amazing song just came.”

Many of the groups have been food related, with the Marsden Junior School gardening group, the Marsden Meet and Eat lunch club for older people and smallholders Tom and Dil Lonsdale (and their two goats!) taking part.

Local food businesses The Handmade Bakery and A Month of Sundaes have also hosted instant songwriting sessions with residents and are contributing bread and a specially-themed ice cream to the event.

Co-director Mr Nankivell said: “It has been a fantastic week working with all the different groups.

“Everyone has a food story and we are going to share these stories through a whole range of musical styles – punk, jazz, contemporary, improvised and more.”

Musician Eve Harrison plays at A Month of Sundaes in Marsden
Musician Eve Harrison plays at A Month of Sundaes in Marsden
 

Tomorrow’s proceedings will start with the procession of a community choir, band and cutlery orchestra around the village from Marsden Bandroom at 3.30pm.

The focus will then move to the Mechanics Hall where the musicians, actor Dean Nolan, designer Liz Sheard and filmmaker Bob Lockwood will bring the performance to life from 4pm.

Marsden Menuscript – the Food of Love is suitable for people of all ages.

To book e-mail menuscript@marsdenjazzfestival.com or telephone 0845 519 4415.

Places are free but people should bring food to share.

For more details see www.marsdenjazzfestival.com/menuscript

Marsden Jazz Festival runs from October 11-13. For a full programme see www.marsdenjazzfestival.com