Robbie and Keith met with Sean Woods on Tuesday to discuss what can be done this year in terms of a self-funded festival. The dates would be 24th and 25th August, the Bank Holiday weekend. Sean has some money set aside from a private business donor which could be used to bring over a professional guitarist. Both Carlos Bonell and Matthew McAllister have offered to support the Festival and Sean is optimistic that one of them would come and give a recital as well as teach. Otherwise the format would be similar to last year i.e. technical teaching, cluster groups with professional guitarists in attendance, ensemble, members recital.
Sean will also contact the same venue we used last year (Irish Language Centre, Great James Street) to confirm that we can get the same premises at the same price.
Once again, the cost of the festival would depend on the number of participants but if we can achieve similar numbers to last year the fee for the weekend would be £60. This should cover at least the hire of the premises and Sean’s fee.
Please let the Secretary (Keith – email secretary.cgsni gmail.com) know whether you would be interested in attending. If we can get a reasonable number of commitments at this stage then Sean can contact a professional musician to attend the festival. It goes without saying that the more support the festival can get, the stronger it will be.