|Amy and Adrian|
I want to thank all the people who made it possible for us to stage our 18th festival – our sponsors, all those who donated and my marvellous committee who work all year to make sure each festival is better than the last.
In addition many thanks to our volunteers who helped with such things as collecting, sound management, sales of merchandise, not forgetting the BRNC cadets who acted as car park attendants, it really was a community event.
I stand to be corrected but I am very proud to say the Dart Music Festival is unique in that we do not charge for any of our music and judging from all the positive feedback we have had this is much appreciated by both local people and visitors to our beautiful town!”
“WE HAVE A PROBLEM! All the festival performers think our festival is the best… They love the town, the atmosphere, and the wonderful audiences we get – so they all want to return next year! They are amazed at our ethos of “Music for All” and that we do not charge at our concerts and stunned that we are able to raise the £55,000 to put it together each year…
The wonderful organ and piano recitals and joyous choirs to the foot stomping rendition of the Budapest cafe Orchestra’s Grieg’s piano concerto and Nesum Dorma raising the roof in St Saviour’s Church with Peter Knapp’s Opera company – all magical. However, a thirteen year old little girl playing a giant marimba solo with the Devon Youth Orchestra and that Charles Hazlewood asked his young daughter to sing for us during his very powerful presentation – well, it just blew me away…
‘The View from the Bandstand…’
Saturday saw the Bandstand in Royal Avenue Gardens full to the brim with music ranging from children’s sing along with Poco Drom doing the worm wiggle to the wonderful Connie Lush singing her powerful blues. Moulettes had the audience entranced with their complex and beautiful folk.
Jo Harman performed for the second year running and again the crowd loved her. And nothing like a touch of Jimi Hendrix, courtesy of the Gimi Hendrix Experience to finish a great day off!
And finally from Hilary, some quotes from performers and visitors:
“Thanks for a involving us in such a brilliant festival. A real pleasure to meet and work with you all! We had a blast”- Gary Quinn
“Thank you for a great gig at The Guildhall with To The Sun, I danced all night!”
“Just wanted to say a big thank you for a brilliant weekend. Some of the acts that you booked were truly inspiring.”
“Once again, we loved the Windjammer, and the Market Square gig was something special. Thanks again” Roger and gang x
“I don’t know if you got any feedback from our gig yesterday but we had a real blast . Thank you very much from all of us, we’d love to come back anytime” Regards, Mike (Bailjumpers )