As of the date of this report we have 119 members, including 12 whose direct debits have not yet matured, making a total of 131. Of these, 33 are silver members. Last year’s total was 118 with 18 silver members. We are very grateful to all members who have renewed and to all new ones.
Like all music organisations throughout the country, we have struggled to maintain both membership numbers and events during the lockdown periods, and while trying to comply with regulations. This has affected income on all levels, as well as membership. You will hear more about our finances from our Treasurer shortly.
As you have heard from our Chair and will hear from our Programme Director, we have not been idle, however, and were able this year to begin offering online events -- together with a fellow regional music society -- and to begin live performances, albeit socially distanced and with reduced audience numbers.
We welcome Alice Hogge to the Committee as a co-opted member; she will stand for formal membership at next year’s AGM. Alice has been one of the founding forces behind our new Music In Mind outreach programme and will be representing that on the Committee. As you have heard, that programme was launched in June this year and is led by a sub-committee composed of Alice and two others: Joanna Bradley and Melanie Mackintosh.
The piano was recently tuned by Philip Kennedy and is in good condition, giving no cause for concern. We have an additional asset just generously donated, of an electronic piano keyboard which we will be able to use in our Schools outreach programme. I will be able to provide the assessed figure for that at next year’s AGM.
As we have said in previous years, we are always on the look-out for new committee members and would ask you to consider whether you could help in any way, or know of someone who might be interested and to let us know by email or in person.
17th October 2021