Chairman’s Message February 2019

The committee is working towards another spectacular Festival in May and these regular updates will enable me to share many interesting facts as to how the Festival is put together and our exciting lineups.

The ‘Contemporary’ and ‘Classical’ Selection Committees have confirmed that both lineups are booked for 2019. My huge thanks for the hard work they’ve put in to achieve this. Also, we are ready to launch our very own YouTube channel with live footage of some of the 2019 bands  – take a minute and follow this link.

For those of you who subscribe to Spotify, and enjoyed the playlist last year, that too will return and will be announced in a future newsletter.

As many of you already know, our Festival remains “free to attend” and has done so for the full 22 years. That being said, it is obviously not free to run and we rely heavily on the extremely generous support of our Sponsors for the long term viability of the Festival. To that end, we will be sending out details of the Business Sponsors packages, and new for 2019 are Festival Friends options too. These are for personal donations, which are important for us given that we have formally registered as a Charity this year, allowing us to claim “gift aid” on the individual donations. Also now you will also be able to sponsor us via the website.

Robin Foale

February 2019