Festival will be music to the ears of chosen charity

Monday 28 January 2013 Updated: 28/01 21:33

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ORGANISERS of the Worcester Music Festival are calling on local good causes to blow their own trumpet and put themselves forward to become the event's chosen charity.

This summer's festival may still be six months away but the search has already begun for a charity to benefit from fund-raising at the three day music spectacular which starts on Friday, August 30.

Last year’s festival, which attracted thousands of music fans of all ages to 400 performances and 30 free workshops at more than 30 city venues, raised £6,000 for New Hope children’s respite centre in Ronkswood.

Organisers are particularly keen to hear from charities which use music as a form of therapy or are keen to introduce or improve music facilities as part of their overall approach.

Jean Wilson, the founder of New Hope, said being the festival's charity not only helped financially, but inspired her enormously.

“When I applied I was very stressed as I had no idea how I would pay the summer staff salaries, and when we found out we’d been chosen I felt quite excited as it really affirmed our work and gave us some credibility,” she said.

“It wasn’t just about raising money for us, either. The festival committee supported us throughout the year, attended our Queen’s Jubilee party and summer barbecue, while one of the committee members, Sian Davis, painted us a fabulous mural.

“The £6,000 raised during last year’s festival will be spent on lots of things. New carpets, for starters, and new equipment and trips for the children. We are also trying to start up a new branch of New Hope in Droitwich, so some of the money will go towards new equipment for that centre.”

The total raised by the annual festival through donations, raffles, collections at performance venues and merchandising sales since its first outing six years ago is almost £25,000.

This year's festival will feature more than 300 free performances at 30 venues scattered across the city.

To nominate a city or county-based charity for the festival visit www.worcestermusicfestival.co.uk/info/charities/ or for more information, email lisa-marie@worcestermusicfestival.co.uk The closing date for nominations is Thursday, February 28.

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