People can be forgiven for thinking that once the festival is over we can put our feet up. Little do they know that it takes at least a month to sign all the cheques, deal with PRS and write the many thank you letters (which I prefer to do by hand). No wonder I’ve been through two pens and have RSI to prove it!
We have received some wonderful feedback this year together with criticism and suggestions. The last two are most useful because we learn from them. Rarely do we get sent letters that are offensive and in fact, I can’t remember the last time this happened. Several people comment on bad grammar in the programme, poor parking facilities about which we can do little, poor sight-lines in the churches which incidentally, are always assessed before the brochure goes to print with ticket prices lowered accordingly. So it goes on. I might add that pub suppers go a long way to restoring our vim and vigour, with fish and chips high on the list of preferences!
So now to planning 2015… Funding applications are already submitted and have been so for months. The artistic programme has also been under way since last year as top artists have to be booked months in advance. It never stops!
In the meanwhile, Christmas cards are on sale – jolly nice they are too! With the exquisite photograph (taken by Stan Hill) of stormy sheep, it is eye-catching and selling well. So do order them while stocks last. At £4 for ten, this is a very reasonable price.
The other thing of note is the series of Christmas concerts at Tiverton Parkway station. The concerts in the Ticket Office have really caught on. With tip-top acoustics and fantastic artists playing Bach or rather, carols on this occasion, they are not to be missed. The Barle Singers appear on the 8th duo from Oxford University on the 15th is an award-winning flute duo from the Royal Academy of Music. Proceeds will be going to the Samaritans as well as the festival’s education projects so do support.
Find out more about the Two Moors Festival via our website.