MORE about SPO Community Concerts -
why we hold them
who they are for
how you can help
how to have one in your neighbourhood.
The purpose of an SPO Community Concert is to provide access to great music to people who might not otherwise encounter it because:
They are less mobile and can’t or don’t want to travel to events
They are older and don’t want to go out in the evenings
Classical music is not part of their experience
They are deterred by the cost
Who comes to them?
It is likely that an event of this type will appeal to people who already have a love of music and hear it from time to time; they of course are welcome too, but it is axiomatic that we try to reach people for whom it will be an unusual, or even a first-time experience.
What do the audience experience?
Lifts to the event, and home again, for anyone who needs them, provided from a trustworthy local volunteer.
A personal welcome and introduction from Leslie Olive or another member of the SPO leadership team.
A concert by a quartet of musicians playing music carefully chosen to be attractive without “dumbing down” for about an hour.
A finger buffet lunch following the concert.
A simple souvenir, such as an SPO pen, as a memento of the occasion.
A finger buffet lunch is provided by local people, who donate their time and the ingredients used.
They also make up the team to prepare, serve, and clear up.
How much are the tickets?
We aim for these concerts to be free of charge. This is achieved by a combination of business sponsorship or grants to cover the unavoidable costs, local people providing and preparing the lunch, parish councils providing the venue free or at a reduced rate, and so on. After the first event, in Rattlesden, some members of the audience said there should have been a retiring collection, so we plan to do this in future.
The SPO contact will bring feedback cards or forms and encourage everyone to fill them in (using SPO branded ballpoint pens which the audience can take away with them.)
The Community Concert is absolutely an event in its own right, but it should also be an opportunity to point towards a forthcoming SPO concert and highlight opportunities for easy access to it.
Bring a Community Concert to my neighbourhood
Our Community Concerts are most successful when they have a good link into their neighbourhood - someone who really wants it to happen!
To start a conversation with us about a visit, email and let us know of your interest. We will be glad to work with you to create an event which will serve local people and provide an occasion when, for some at least, loneliness and isolation might perhaps seem just that little bit less overwhelming.
Where we have been so far
Our vision is to serve the whole of our largely rural county of Suffolk - and beyond - providing opportunities for the whole community, including older people and children. Many of our Community Days bring together music-making in the village hall with workshops for children at their schools. This outreach work has taken us to:
Yoxford Village Hall | Wenhaston Primary School | Yoxford Primary School
St Nicholas Hospice, Bury St Edmunds | Hawstead Village Hall | South Lee School
Freckenham Village Hall | Red Lodge Primary School | Ixworth Free School
Shotley Village Hall | Shotley Primary School | Westerfield High School
Kesgrave Community Centre | Kesgrave High School & Kesgrave Primary School
St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich | Orwell Park School | Nacton Primary School
Britannia Primary School, Ipswich
Hadleigh Community Centre | Hadleigh High School
St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich | Orwell Park with Orwell Park School
Hardwick Community Centre (Bury St Edmunds) | Hardwick Primary School
Tattingstone Village Hall | East Bergholt Community House
Tattingstone Primary School | East Bergholt High School (Masterclass)
Hoxne Village Hall | Debenham Community Centre | Debenham High School
Trimley St Mary
Exning Tea Concert | Exning Primary School
Needham Market Community Centre | Bramford Tea Concert with Bramford Primary School
Eye Community Centre Lunchtime Concert | Hoxne Primary School
Harleston Tea Concert at Bishop Ashcroft High School
Stoke-by-Nayland Lunch Concert | Nayland Primary School
Rattlesden Pavilion Lunch Concert
Rattlesden Primary School | Beyton Middle School | King Edward IV High School