We received the following positive statement from a member of the committee at Nottingham Organ Society. It is refreshing to hear of a club that is on the up... well done Nottingham!
For many years, August has been a quiet time for Societies, but not for us this year, with Andrew Nix & Tony Stace, how could it be! They brought their “MUSICAL MAGIC” to our Gala Concert.
August has been a blank month, mostly due to works and school holidays and the like. We took a positive approach and decided to give it a go, adding an extra concert, providing a buffet, with wine, included in the normal ticket price. We were almost full to capacity.
It doesn’t take a mathematician to work out that our outgoings exceeded our income for this one. It was a good way of saying thank you to our members who continue to support us.
Concert attendances are increasing to almost 2006 levels, improving on the past couple of years, a sign that for some, the myth that it is a dying industry, are unfounded. Monthly informals, which had dropped to single figures, now average a healthy thirty plus each month. We get some excellent players.
None of this would have been possible without the hard work of the Committee and helpers and our friendly approach.
I, alongside quite a few other members attended Brett Wales’ Concert at Mapperley, near Nottingham, which raised well over 200 pounds for a cancer charity. Brett is our vice president. It was an excellent show and a joy to meet other organists and their families.
We took along publicity material for the Society and signed up four new members. We are making membership free for newcomers for the first year.
So, it pays to get around, and enjoy good music and friendly people.
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