Music festival cash boost

Alnwick International Music Festival 2014'New Taipei City Art Group.
Alnwick International Music Festival 2014'New Taipei City Art Group.

A music festival which attracts performers from across the world has been given a £2,000 grant.

The Alnwick International Music Festival committee has received the cash from Northumberland County Council’s community chest fund. It will buy camp beds to help accommodate acts who perform at the event.

And it comes as the festival committee is appealing for volunteers to help make next year’s event extra special.

In 2015, the music festival celebrates its 40th anniversary, and chairman Alan Symmonds wants to make it the best yet.

He said: “Our festival is a great, free social gathering for all ages of the community. We have an enthusiastic following and attract hundreds of performers from across the globe who provide a varied programme of musical entertainment throughout the festival week.

“We are a small, enthusiastic committee and work very hard to organise this event every year. Our funds are always limited so the financial contribution from the council is really appreciated.”

He added that since this year’s event, the committee has been ‘inundated’ with requests from people all over the world who want to appear in 2015.

Alan added: “Next year is the big 4-0 and the audiences at our final performances this year gave their commitment to support the festival next year and the money chucked into the buckets amounted to £3,000, which isn’t an insignificant sum for us.

“We want the 40th to be tremendous. We need it to be a celebration of everything, including all those people who have made a contribution to the music festival, some of whom are no longer here.

“But to do that we need more volunteers and more people to help. We have lots of things in the plan for next year and we need the numbers to make them happen.”

He added that they are looking to attract more young people.

An AGM is to be held in the near future at which people can find out more about the festival and sign up to help out.