Music festival appeals for funds due to rising costs

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 September 2018

Nailsea Music Festival, town council chairman David Packham presenting Koby Taylor with his award for wining the Songs from Stage and Screen 10&11years class watched by fellow competitors and adjudicator Elizabeth Stafford.

Nailsea Music Festival, town council chairman David Packham presenting Koby Taylor with his award for wining the Songs from Stage and Screen 10&11years class watched by fellow competitors and adjudicator Elizabeth Stafford.

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A popular festival which showcases musical and creative talent in Nailsea is in need of funds to keep running.

Nailsea Music Festival. The 8years and uder Jazz, Blues or Rag Piano Piece class adjudicated by John Byrne.Nailsea Music Festival. The 8years and uder Jazz, Blues or Rag Piano Piece class adjudicated by John Byrne.

Nailsea Festival of Music (NFOM) is celebrating its 13th year in November, but requires extra cash to keep it going over the next few years.

The festival enables musicians, choirs and writers to show off their skills and helps young performers to develop their confidence, but it costs £6,000 each year to put on.

Festival spokesman Beverley Kelly said: “It’s to showcase local talent and to enable people, particulary children, to perform.

“I think it’s very important for the town. Nailsea School is fabulous because we can have so many rooms all on one site.

Nailsea Music Festival. The 8years and uder Jazz, Blues or Rag Piano Piece class adjudicated by John Byrne.Nailsea Music Festival. The 8years and uder Jazz, Blues or Rag Piano Piece class adjudicated by John Byrne.

“Unfortunately, due to financial constraints, some music festivals have had to close, so we are very fortunate to be able to have one on our doorstep and we hope to be able to keep it going.”

NFOM had a profit of £1,500 in 2015, but the committee has used £500 a year since then to subsidise shortfalls.

Organisers attended Nailsea Town Council’s finance and policy committee earlier this month to appeal for a grant to help to safeguard the festival for the next three years.

The councillors agreed to give the festival £1,500 per year for the next three years.

George Dobson has also written a book of light-hearted and thought-provoking verse which he is selling to raise money for the festival.

The book is entitled Yet More Observational Odes – it follows on from his first book Observational Odes which was published in 2007 and raised £18,000 for charities.

George said: “The music festival has, over its 13-year life, become a prestigious and important event in the Nailsea calendar.

“Although some local funding is already generously given to this project, its costs are escalating, and I feel this extra boost will provide valuable help in securing the future of this extremely well-supported and popular event.”

George’s book is available from www.georgesbooks.co.uk

Nailsea Festival of Music is taking place on November 17.

People can enter classes in piano, singing, music composition, creative writing and speech and drama.

Entry forms can be downloaded from www.nfom.org.uk/classes

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