Glossop Music Festival operates as part of the registered charity, The Glossop Concert Society. The Society put on chamber music concerts for over 25 years and despite having a very loyal and supportive local audience, we realised that we needed to appeal to a wider demographic, particularly to young people. In 2013, under a new artistic team, we launched Glossop Music Festival. We remain passionate in our belief that classical music can have a broad appeal without 'dumbing-down' either through the choice of repertoire or performers.
After some preliminary one-off concerts, in the summer of 2014, we attracted some of the country's finest performers to play in five concerts over two days of truly international standard music-making. Apart from the sheer scale of the project- for example the opening concert featured 40 performers - we were determined to allow under-16s in for free and as a result, we received many positive comments about having so many children, some as young as four or five, in the audience. Watching their rapt faces and seeing how the music commanded their complete attention was certainly very rewarding. Overall the 2014 Summer Festival cost £14,000, most of which was incurred through musician's fees. Through ticket sales, sponsorship and patronage we just managed to raise the sum that was needed.
On Easter Monday 2015, we staged a chamber version of the St John Passion, our most ambitious project to date. The performance featured some of the country's finest singers alongside our wonderful orchestra and brought this magnificent work to a deeply appreciative audience. The budget for this concert alone was £11,000.
This year the Summer Festival has grown again. We have a series of nine concerts over four days, including: four SCHOOLS' CONCERTS in which we will play to over 1000 local school children and which feature on the platform beginner violins from local primary shools alongside the Festival Orchestra; the OPENING CONCERT of the Festival which will include Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto played by Viv McLean; a FREE PUB CONCERT in the Oakwood in Glossop with repertoire that will include the Mendelssohn Octet; a LATE NIGHT CONCERT all-Bach piano recital and the CLOSING CONCERT which will include the Elgar and Dvorak Serenades for Strings. The budget for the four days is in excess of £15,000.
As a charity, we need financial support to enable us to pay the magnificent musicians that we have coming to perform, while keeping ticket prices at an affordable level and of course enabling us to offer free tickets to the under 16s. We would really love to extend our outreach and education work. If funds allow, we plan to hold workshops next year with local school children and to give them performance opportunities in the Festival programme itself through a series of pre-concert, youth ensemble recitals. Glossop Music Festival wants to combine world class performances in our showpiece concerts, with a mission to introduce as many people to the wonders of classical music through our free pub concerts and education work.
Rather than needing to reach our Crowdfunder target before pledges are accepted, under the so called 'all or nothing' model, we have opted to keep whatever money you pledge. Therefore, the more we receive, the more we can do. Whatever you can give will help us to achieve these ambitions. We are very grateful for your support.