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Our new brochure!

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The wait is finally over! We can now unveil what the cover of our beautiful new brochure for the festival’s main two-week event in October looks like.

What do you think? We decided to go in quite a different direction with this one and really do think it’s quite striking – and definitely eye-catching!

The theme for this year’s festival is light, so we’ve got a great programme of concerts and talks, including Indian music, pianist Jayson Gillham’s From Darkness to Light – Musical Catharsis, a discussion on stained glass, Noye’s Fludde and a grand finale to the music of the Royal Fireworks.

That’s just a very small taster but stay tuned to the blog in the coming weeks and months as we’ll have lots more posts about what’s coming up, as well as a series of interviews with some of the biggest names in classical music.

Stuffing envelopes, Two Moors Festival-style!

IMG_0930Well, it’s that time of year again – one that we look forward to and dread in almost equal measure. Before each October event can take place, there is – of course – a lot of work to be done… some of it fun, some of it less so, and when it comes to stuffing envelopes full of brochures to be sent out to everyone on our mailing list there are definitely things we would often rather be doing.

Of course, as is the Two Moors Festival way, we manage to enjoy ourselves whatever we’re doing and so every year we turn it into a little party, invite some of our friends and dear festival supporters over for a big supper, lots of wine and even more paperwork. Last night, we had 14 people over for a glass or three of tasty red and some rather delicious turkey in a cheese sauce – complete with new potatoes and salad, with lettuces and radishes fresh from our  own vegetable garden.

You’d think we’d all have been full after that but, if you know how the festival does things, you’ll know that pudding is just as important if not more so than the first course. We then proceeded to munch our way through rhubarb crumble and lots of gooey cakes and we’re still full now!

So that was the fun part… afterwards we still had to stuff over 4,000 envelopes, which may well make you baulk at the thought of all the postage costs but we’re very lucky here at the festival in that we’re sponsored by the very generous folk over at Knight Frank so that’s one thing we don’t have to worry about! Each time we do this, we split up into two groups – one lot in the kitchen sticking labels on envelopes and another in the dining room, stuffing them with the brochures as fast as they can. And we have one nominated runner who collects the completed boxes and delivers them to Knight Frank when we’re finished.

Pop back to the blog tomorrow to have a sneak peek at the brochure. We hope you like it!

An abundance of bookings

Golly gosh, what a busy few weeks it’s been! Ever since the release of our fabulous new brochure, we’ve been inundated with box office enquiries – which is very exciting indeed, particularly since the festival doesn’t even start until October, a whole four months away!

While four months might sound like a long time to some, for the festival organisers it’s really just a blink of an eye. There’s so much to be done between then and now that at times it seems as though the festival will have been and gone and we’ll still be sifting through booking forms.

It does feel a bit like Christmas at the Two Moors HQ, at the moment, what with the flurries of postal bookings already coming through the letterbox – we only ever get this much post with Christmas cards in December!

For those of you who have sent in bookings and are wondering when you’ll receive your tickets, we process the forms in order of receipt, so you may not hear from us for a few weeks – but rest assured we are steadily making our way through all the paper.

Thus far, the spread of interest in concerts has been great. Each year, we put on a number of free talks and performances which, naturally, always generate a lot of interest but it’s lovely to see that some of the others are already causing a bit of a stir – and the brochure’s only been out a matter of weeks.

The most popular ones at this point are the Military Wives Choir (with a programme of Bach, Dyes, Arnold and Whitacre, among others), A Century Celebration with the Brodsky Quartet (playing Purcell, Britten and Elgar) and Classical Guitar with Jazz and a bit of World Music, with John Williams and John Etheridge on guitar.

If you want to book tickets for any of our concerts this year, call (01643) 831 370 or download a brochure from the Two Moors Festival website. Priority booking for Friends of the festival opens on July 23rd and general booking opens on August 20th.

The big reveal!

Exciting times ahead for the Two Moors Festival! We’ve spent hour upon hour proofing and re-proofing, an entire evening stuffing 4,000 envelopes and a fun couple of minutes shocking the postman with sacks of mail – all of which can only mean one thing: our brochures for the main two-week event have been sent out and October is only a mere four months away.

By now, everyone on our mailing list should have received their programmes and will no doubt be oohing and aahing over what’s in store for them in 2012.

We have to say, this is a particularly special year for the festival – as it has been for Britain, in fact, and we’ve tried to continue the theme of anniversaries to tie in with what’s been going on in the country over the last couple of months. We’ve got a Right Royal Revelry in Tithe Barn in Dunster (with Purcell, Couperin, Handel and Rebel on the bill), Come into the Parlour in Widecombe-in-the-Moor to celebrate Charles Dickens’ birthday in 1812 and In Memory of the Titanic, a poignant song recital – all of which fits in very well with the events of the last year.

As staunch supporters of the Two Moors Festival will know, we’re rather partial to a quirky concert or two and 2012 is certainly no different to previous October performances. This year, we’ve thought outside the box and decided to put on a number of concerts in the waiting room at Tiverton Parkway Station, any time from 09:05 onwards after the London train has gone. We’ve got cellist Guy Johnston, violinist Tai Murray and lute player Elizabeth Kenny, among others, on hand to entertain passengers and the series promises to be one of the more interesting we’ve had as part of the festival.

Of course, there’s a lot more going on in the two weeks – but you’ll have to get your hands on a brochure to find out!

You can download them from the Two Moors website or request one to be sent in the post. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@2moorsfestival) to keep up with all the classical music news.

What concert are you most looking forward to at the festival this year?