Penny Adie writes…

Each week, Two Moors Festival artistic director Penny Adie will be here on the blog, letting you all know just what’s been going on down at Festival HQ in Devon.

“Sometimes it would appear that life behind the scenes at the Two Moors Festival is dull and we do nothing in preparation for October’s concerts. I assure you that it isn’t! Last week, for instance, saw my husband, the fundraiser, write to no less than 11 trusts for much needed money that will ultimately support different concerts or some of the education work that we do. Each application made requires individual attention depending on the needs of the organisation. Some demand background while others ask for up-to-date financial records and finally, they have to see first hand what type of events we present. This means the enclosure of the previous year’s programme, newsletter, brochure – in fact anything that will sell the festival.

As for my job, the last 10 days have seen approaches to a number of artists asking if they would like to give a recital. Much of the programme is complete by this stage but there are always gaps to fill. Often someone needs to change the proposed date. While this in theory sounds fine, the new date is invariably already ‘bagged’. This means saying farewell to that particular event and starting from scratch with something else. And so it goes on… As artistic director, my job is to be as creative as possible – and stick to the budget!”

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