Saturday 11th September


Latin Jazz live in the grounds of Guildford Castle with Picante!

Picante is a hugely enjoyable Latin band fronted by Derek Nash (featured saxophonist with the Jools Holland R&B Orchestra and Sax Appeal) and Dominic Ashworth (British Jazz award-winning guitarist).

Please note this is an open-air performance and will continue regardless of the weather. Any booking is made subject to our wet weather policy below. 

Taking Latin flavours from Buena Vista Social Club, Sergio Mendes, Stan Getz/Astrid Gilberto, Spyrogyra and the Gypsy Kings, Picante’s music makes you feel like dancing from the first bar with their unique compositions in mambo, salsa, samba and bossa nova styles.

Music from their CD – Five Note Salsa – has already been heard on TV from Japanese Drama to Strictly Come Dancing to the David Letterman Show, and their second CD  – Bim Bam Bom was released in 2019.

Guaranteed to make you feel like dancing from the first bar!

Licensed bar with wines from Greyfriars Vineyard and beers from the Hogs Back Brewery plus South American Street Food from Neat2eat (see the menu below!).

Pre-order Greyfriars Wine (pay on the day)

Save 10% by pre-ordering your bottle of wine with your ticket! Select the Pre-order option on the ticket booking below, and pay on the day. Glasses and bottles also available on the day without preorder.

Greyfriars Sparkling NV Cuvee Brut – £23.00 £20.70 (pre-order price) . This crowd-pleasing sparkling wine made from the traditional Champagne varieties is fresh and fruity with intense lemon, apple and mineral flavours and a dry finish.

Greyfriars Still Sauvignon Blanc 2020 – £15.00  £13.50 (pre-order price) . A crisp, refreshing, dry and aromatic white wine, expressing a perfect mix of citrus fruit flavours, tropical hints and faintly herbaceous undertones. Best enjoyed chilled down in the sunshine whilst listening to amazing jazz music!

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Entry from 4pm/Music from 5pm/Event finishes 7pm


About the band

The band showcases

  • Derek Nash – baritone, tenor, alto & soprano sax, (Jools Holland, Ronnie Scotts Blues Explosion, Sax Appeal)
  • Dominic Ashworth – Guitar (George Melly, Digby Fairweather, Michael Garrick, British Jazz Award Winner) 
  • Neil Angilley – piano (Vanessa Mae, War of the Worlds, Down to the Bone)
  • Andy Staples –  double bass (Robin Trower, Guthrie Govan, Jason Rebello)
  • Marc Cecil – drums (King Salsa)
  • Satin Singh – percussion (Roberto Pla, Paul Booth)

Seating is not provided but you are welcome to bring garden chairs and rugs. Gazebos may only be used on the perimeter so as not to block other people’s view.

Food and drink

You are welcome to bring a picnic but why not treat yourself to come South American street food and a drink or two from the Greyfriars bar?

Wet weather policy

The audience area for this event is uncovered. The performance will go ahead in all weathers and will only be abandoned in the event of extreme bad weather so please bring appropriate weather protection (raincoats/umbrellas/sun-cream/hats).

If cancellation in advance of the performance due to extreme weather is unavoidable, as all profits from the event are going to the charity Guildford Philanthropy, we hope that you would be willing to allow us to donate your ticket monies (less any costs or expenses) to Guildford Philanthropy. If  you need to seek a refund we would ask that you do so within 1 month of the performance after which we will assume that you have agreed to donate your ticket monies to Guildford Philanthropy 


There will be toilets provided on site .

How to find us

Address: Castle Street, Guildford, GU1 3UW and access to the event is via the lane in front of the March Hare restaurant, opposite Tunsgate

The nearest car park is Castle car park on Sydenham Road, GU1 3RW

There are also car parks at Tunsgate and Millbrook – details here – and Guildford Station is a 15-minute walk away. 


The area around the bandstand is not readily wheelchair accessible. The lower area near the entrance and around the bolwing green is largely level from – from here the music will be audible but with limited visibility.