‘Without you (volunteers)…this festival just would not happen’. These words, spoken at the end of a concert by Artistic Director, Christopher Glynn, were music to my ears, writes Volunteer’s Coordinator Gerard Simpson.
The festival is fortunate in having a dedicated band of enthusiastic volunteers, who work in partnership with the festival staff to achieve the successful festival that audiences know and love.
There are a multitude of ways in which volunteers can get involved, including stewarding, brochure distribution, bar, flowers, proof-reading, coffee and refreshments, hospitality, venue assessments, programme selling, the festival’s pop-up shop, page turning, box office support, banners, website, social media, sponsor hospitality and many more.
Others volunteer accommodation and transport for artists or help in myriad other ways behind the scenes.
Volunteers make new friends and play a vital part in the success and smooth running of the festival. They also help to create its famously friendly atmosphere. It’s a team effort and everyone has a part to play. Meetings are held throughout the year to plan for forthcoming events and an annual volunteers’ tea-party in August provides a moment to celebrate and share memories of the festival.