Over more than thirty years the Summer Festival has become an established part of the cultural life of Buckingham. Each year in early July a programme of concerts by top-flight musicians provides an opportunity for local people to attend live performances at very reasonable prices without the stresses, strains and expense of travel to London concert halls. It is also a successful way of bringing classical music to local young people who may never have had the opportunity to hear a professional piano recital or the rich sound of a full orchestra.
The Festival has been fortunate in attracting local support, not least from the Town Council and from the University which provides us with use of the Radcliffe Centre and the grand piano. Local businesses help by advertising in our programme and individuals often sponsor particular performers. Our group of ‘Friends of the Festival’ provide a network of supporters many of whom offer practical assistance as well as a regular subscription. In addition our ‘Personal Sponsors’ give us a source of funding which has become increasingly important as grants from local government arts organisations have become harder to obtain. Sponsors are typically people with a connection to the Town who love classical music, appreciate the value of the Festival as an important cultural event for Buckingham and want to help its development and secure its future.
Personal Sponsors contribute £250 annually (£400 for a couple) and thereby provide a predictable source of revenue that greatly facilitates the forward planning of Festival events. And, if you are a taxpayer, a subscription made under the Gift Aid scheme will give additional benefit to the Charity. Each Personal Sponsor receives a FREE Season Ticket (a pair of tickets for a couple) admitting you to all the week's events and an honourable mention in the Festival programme. We will also send you advance information in our newsletters and invitations to other events throughout the year.... with more music!
I very much hope that you will consider becoming a Personal Sponsor!