Yesterday I was playing in East Devon. The organ club there have, for the winter season, held their meetings during the afternoon rather than the cold dark evenings. I asked if it had affected their attendance one way or another, and the answer was 'no'. The artists must have enjoyed it though, being able to play a concert and get home again on the same day. We made the round trip in 13 hours, and had the pleasure of sleeping in our own house for a change.
Another music club I have been talking with has been running additional teatime concerts (complete with naughty but nice cakes). They tell me these food-centred events have attracted larger audiences, and quite a lot of new faces. Do you have a view on the best time of day for a concert? And do you think having food combined with music makes a big difference? Please do use the contact link on this site to share your opinions.
Today's photo shows the 'jelly mould' illuminated sides from an old Compton organ (probably 70+ years old) which the East Devon club sandwiched round my instrument (just 6 months old). The words 'Ancient & Modern' spring to mind. It was a very colourful addition to my usual stage set-up!