March 14, 2011
drive for 2012 Highbridge Arts Festival begins
days after the curtain fell on this year's Highbridge Festival
of the Arts, organisers have announced a fundraising concert is
to be held in May to raise crucial funds to allow the 65th annual
event to go ahead.
King Alfred Concert Band is to perform a special fundraising
event at St John's Church in Highbridge on Saturday May 14th to
help try and secure the future of the 2012 Festival, which currently
has a funding shortfall of almost £9,000.
Tickets for the concert are on sale now from organiser Jenny
Golding on 01278 785465.
Maureen Phillips, General Secretary of the festival, pictured,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the fundraiser comes after another
successful event, which ended on Friday.
"We have had a very successful Festival this year. The audience
figures are well up on other years and we have had a lot of support
from local people," she said.
"The dance section had, as usual, the highest entries. Speech
and Drama was well supported, especially by local schools. The
music section was also very busy. This is the only section of
the Festival to award Honours awards - that is a mark over 90.
The performances have all been entertaining and very enjoyable."
"King Alfred Concert Band played for us on Friday night and
closed the Festival in grand style. The volunteers have now all
gone away for a well earned rest as the festival is hard work,
but also very enjoyable."
"Thanks go to all our wonderful performers, to all the audiences
who came along to watch and support us, and to all the volunteers,
without whom we would not be able to produce this lovely annual
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