Friends of Grayshott Concerts
'Friends of Grayshott Concerts' are the vital and highly supportive core of the concert series. Without Friends our concerts simply couldn't take place at all.
Ticket income covers only about HALF the cost of staging an event – and Friends Subscriptions (together with Business Sponsorship and occasional grants) make up the difference.
So our 'Friends' are very important indeed, to the success of every concert. With this in mind, not only do 'Friends' receive priority booking for each concert, ahead of the general public, but we also offer special 'Friends Only' events exclusively for Friends of Grayshott Concerts and their guests. In 2013, for example, Friends enjoyed a sparkling evening in the company of our Associate Artist, Howard Shelley at the piano and exchanging anecdotes with Simon Funnell, Managing Director of the London Mozart Players, our Orchestra in Residence.
The previous year, Friends were able to experience international violinist Tasmin Little's astonishing solo performance, 'The Naked Violin' and, for the first time, to hear our own local 11-year-old violin virtuoso, Shoshanah Sievers who presented her own public programme in Grayshott in 2014.
In October 2016, Friends had the opportunity to welcome the internationally celebrated Chilingirian String Quartet, who were joined by star cellist, Alasdair Tait, for a performance of one of the world’s best-loved chamber works, Schubert’s C Major Quintet. The performance was preceded by an explanatory talk on the work by Levon Chilingirian, the groups founder.
Friends are encouraged to help shape the future of the charity by attending and voting at our AGM in April each year. Many Friends get involved in helping to stage events by putting up staging, acting as stewards, meeting and greeting guests at events and running bars during concert intervals.