“The Clapham Festival of Music and the Arts June-July 2004”, needs the following volunteers to assist the Directors in creating and building an Annual Community Festival. When the overall festival is successful as an annual event (with projects throughout the year), these voluntary jobs will become fully-paid positions.
(1) A person to organize lunch time and evening classical music concerts, possibly in churches and other venues around Clapham, with help from the Musical and Artistic Directors. He or she should have good local knowledge, an appreciation of the arts and maybe be a member of a local church or faith group.
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(2) Persons to update on a weekly then daily basis, all active computer/data based files. He or she should be computer literate, have an appreciation of the arts and be willing to train.
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(3) A PA to assist the Theatre and Dance Director create and produce a diverse and exciting programme of events for the festival. He or she should be flexible, computer literate, have an appreciation of the arts, be well spoken, administration friendly, have a good memory and a sense of humour.
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(4) A PA to assist the Artistic Director with all areas of the festival. The ideal candidate should be able to work around and fit in with the Director's international schedule as a soloist. He or she should be flexible, organized, versatile, enthusiastic, computer literate, with good admin and social skills.
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Cla'am Fest needs a fund-raiser. We need a person with fund-raising
skills to form and co-ordinate a team of individuals prepared to
sell the festival and implement and raise funding. The festival
has many interesting projects and opportunities. See the sponsorship
and fundrasing page for details on all of the exciting projects
that need funding. You will realise the great opportunities and
variety that working for the festival has. Salary negotiable.
For further information contact
Orchestra of the Cla’am Fest - (all instruments welcome)
fest orchestra page)
Personnel Requirements - (raison d’etre)
statement of purpose:
"Always have an orchestra for the weekend. Sort of livens
things up." Alistair Sim replies: "I'm sure." -from The Green
Man (1956, B/W)
To be the finest, most profoundly important orchestra in the land
requires dedication of the highest standard. Every individual, from
the last chair of the second violins to the leader and principals
of each section to the triangle-player, is of the utmost vital importance.
We are a team, a band of brothers and sisters – friends who
share a common goal and idealistic commitment that music makes people
better human beings.
Love or Money?
“Too much (payment) for what I have done; too little for
what I could do.”
The single biggest problem, and the most destructive of all, that
orchestras world-wide face, is that they refuse to give music without
being paid accordingly for it. Given: traditionally, musicians have
always been under-valued and under-paid to the point of starvation.
This sad situation has not changed. Symptom: bitter animosity towards
the pay-masters and public at large. Result: Inferior, trivial music-making
has no effect or meaning in the world. Nihilism rules. Materialism
flourishes. The human spirit is diminished. “We who live to
please, must please to live.”
The sacrifice is great. But the prize is invaluable. “Prize”
is the wrong word. Music/Art is not a competition, is not a race,
is not a game with winners and losers. Everyone is the winner! Successful
commitment will attract and bring the necessary money.
A musician membering this orchestra must possess the following
requirements and commitments:
Mastery of his/her instrument.
Commitment to become better than he is.
Care, concern committed to a warm, friendly relationship with
fellow colleagues in entirety. We will always go to the aid
of a colleague, no matter how big or small the problem or concern.
Rejection of negativity and counter-productive criticism and/or
Highly developed sense of musically critical discrimination.
Have something to say.
Practice a minimum of two (2) hours per day, each and every
Attend all rehearsals. If you want to create the best orchestra
in the land, you must commit to attend and play all rehearsals
Music first – money last or 2nd. We all need to make
money. But, if you want to be part of our vision, you must commit
yourself to it. If we all do this, then the sooner we will be
able to make a good living from it.
Form and play chamber music within the orchestra (eg. String
quartets, Wind quintets, brass and percussion ensembles, etc.)
. Organize private chamber music evenings at each other’s
homes. Public performances also required.
“I can’t make the rehearsal tonite because I have
a better paid gig”
An all-too-common albeit understandable situation occurrence. We
all must eat and pay the rent, etc. But remember, that the result
of this action greatly hurts the orchestra, betrays one’s
colleagues and undermines the entire reason for the orchestra’s
very existence. This problem alone has destroyed music. Put bluntly,
the current music scene is not world class. Music is bankrupt and
dead, no matter how hard they try to disagree, sweep it under the
carpet and try to cover it up.
11. Auditions do nothing to reveal and/or expose the qualities
of a musician, nor do they provide any solution for procuring
and choosing personnel of the highest calibre. Remember this when
you take and/or judge auditions/competitions.
12. Ensemble intonation exercises will be a regular orchestral
13. Undivided attention at all rehearsals. Books, radios, magazines,
irrelevant conversations undermine one’s creative thinking
and concentration as well as being discourteous to the orchestra
and one’s colleagues.
14. Dialog and communication is encouraged at all times.
15. Childish and puerile “office-politics”, while
common and understandable, will not be tolerated. We are professionals
on a profoundly important mission for God. Even us confirmed atheists!
16. Commitment to personal health, physical, mental and musical.
17. Section rehearsals are routine.
Remember our duty as artists and musicians is to point the world
in the right direction and lead homo sapiens towards enlightenment.
May 14, 2003
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