Here's an interesting blog entry from Hugh Mather, who runs a small series at St Mary's Perivale in London. He makes his books balance by asking for a retiring collection rather than charging for tickets - though his artists are willing to perform for pretty low fees! He has an advantage being close to central London of course.
The current (Jan - Mar) issue of Musical Opinion includes a feature on our local composer Ian Venables, celebrating his 60th birthday - his photograph appears on the front cover. You can read part of the article here but you will need to subscribe to read the full piece.
Also mentioned are two forthcoming local performances of Ian's music:
"Further to Michael Bywater’s article on Ian Venables in this issue, two important premieres of the composer’s music take place within the coming months. On April 16th, at Worcester Cathedral, the first performance of the cantata Remember This, a work written to commemorate the fallen of World War I, will be given by Clare Prewer, sopano, and Richard Coxon, tenor, with the BPSO under Richard Jenkinson.
On June 30th in the concert hall of the Royal Grammar School, Worcester, the world premiere of Venables’ ‘Through these pale cold days’ Opus 46, for tenor, viola and piano, will take place, to be performed by Nick Pritchard, tenor, Louise Williams, viola and Benjamin Frith, piano."
Thanks to Christine Talbot-Cooper of Gloucester Music Society for drawing my attention to this.
I've just discovered the very clever widget on the Where Can We Go events listing website. This generates HTML code which you can add to your own website, which will then add a list of local events. Listings are free - follow this link for details. Add your own events to the website, and suggest to friendly local B&Bs that they add the widget to their website - free publicity of your events to their guests!
Making Music is running an information and advice event at the Wilson in Cheltenham on Saturday 27 February with the title "Every penny counts - tips for improving your income". It's free for members and non-members, but you need to book in advance - see the website
Topics to be covered:
Jill Davies and Severn Muses
All arts organisations have mailing lists – patrons – season ticket holders – volunteers – access to hundreds if not thousands of people who are already attending events. It’s much easier to persuade these people to go to more than to find completely new audiences. Severn Muses is here to help. I believe that working together we can raise awareness of the huge variety of arts events in our region and share them with as many people as possible.