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Jools becomes a Marlowe man

PUBLISHED: 16:25 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 17:18 16 August 2010

The proposals for the creation of a new landmark performing arts centre in the historic city of Canterbury have received the support of Jools Holland,

The proposals for the creation of a new landmark performing arts centre in the historic city of Canterbury have received the support of Jools Holland, who has agreed to become a patron of the New Marlowe Theatre Campaign.

One of Kent's most famous residents, Jools has made a huge contribution to music in this country for many years and will be an important ambassador for the project, particularly in its goal of reaching out to wider audiences and nurturing new talent in the performing arts.

Commenting on his new role, former Blackheath boy Jools said " For many years, the South East has needed a major venue which can attract world-class productions and performers - the New Marlowe Theatre at Canterbury will at last make this possible. I'm also thrilled that the new theatre will put so much emphasis on education and development. Young people need the flexible spaces that the New Marlowe Theatre will offer to develop new and exciting talent in the performing arts. I am looking forward to being part of this inspiring project."

Jools is joining the 12 influential Patrons - including Orlando Bloom and Joanna Lumley - who are backing the New Marlowe fundraising campaign which aims to raise £6m of private donations towards the overall project costs of around £25.5m. The Very Reverend Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury has also recently become a Patron of the campaign.

Welcoming Jools Holland, Campaign Chairman, Sir Graeme Odgers DL, commented "We are delighted that Jools has agreed to support the New Marlowe Theatre Project as a Patron. Jools is a role model to aspiring musicians across the world and we hope that the New Marlowe Theatre will help set many of them down the same road as Jools in years to come.

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