23rd January 2013
The last two weeks have been very busy with about 100 applications coming for the HSC 2013 and lots of bookings for the Festival.
Sue Palmer has been busy sorting out the HSC applications and chasing missing information. Ann Allen will now start scheduling the First Round which will take place over three days in February (20, 21, 22).
While this has been going on the online booking started for the Festival and piles of postal applications arrived each day. This has kept Latasha and me fully occupied as the box office process is quite complicated and time consuming and even if you tell everyone that it will take time for their tickets to arrive in the post we get worried people calling. This year more people have tackled the online booking system which is excellent, even though some found it a bit daunting. There are still plenty of tickets available for the 40 events this year, although some concerts inevitably go faster than others.
This is the moment when the weeks running up to the Festival seem to vanish. I am tackling the big Festival programme while finalising other Festival details, which suddenly become obvious as I put together the programme. I hope that the printer will be happy to take it on again as they only get it at the last possible moment.
The work on the Handel opera, Imeneo, will start shortly and we will kick off the Festival with first performance on 11 March at the Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music. Alexander Sprague will technically start the Festival at lunchtime on the same day.
Meanwhile the snow is making life difficult for everyone and I hope it will disappear soon, however beautiful it may look!
Illustration: One of the designs for the Coffee Cantata on 9 April by Amy Elizabeth Gadsby.
I am delighted to announce some brief details for 2017 - please note that public booking for the Festival does not begin until February 2017, although there will be priority booking for Friends and Handel Supporters before this. Highlights...