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Sore Fingers Week 2018, vintage stuff!

29th Apr 2018

We’re somewhat recovered from another successful Sore Fingers Week at the beautiful Kingham Hill School! It seems to take longer and longer to come around after the event these days… it must be age catching up.

18 line-up of tutors did us proud again and aside from their superb teaching in class, their various performances in the showcases were just stupendous. No doubt some of the best acoustic music you’ll hear all year.

And you did yourselves proud as well by staging a brilliant student concert. The standard is just rising all the time and the bands always come up with the goods despite the pressure of learning two numbers, arranging them, getting up to performance standard in just three days. And when you consider that for most bands, the members will have met for the first time on the Monday before the concert! I’m telling you, there are bands out there on the circuits who could learn a thing or two from your experiences. Absolutely well done, it’s one of the week’s highlights.

We made a couple of tweaks to the organisation and one was getting students to pre-register for the student concert and the non–performing bands activities. It was a real success and over a hundred of you responded by sending an email in advance of the event. This saved your dedicated team of mentors a great deal of time and allowed them more time to devote to mentoring you in your practice time.
Thank you for your cooperation and we plan to make this even easier by setting up a form on the website for 2019.

The other innovation was selling Showcase tickets in advance. Again, a total success and we are sure this initiative contributed to reducing the queuing at the entrance door. This had always caused us problems in running the showcases to time. So, definitely a process that we’ll retain and another thank you for your help in making this work. We really thought it might take a little longer to bed this system in.

Naturally, we’d like to thank the members of the SFSS team who support the event and work hard to make your experience an enjoyable one. They are fantastic in every way. See end credits at the bottom of this posting.

And finally, can we thanks all of you “the students” for continuing to support Sore Fingers Week and enjoy your time there.

So looking forward, we have the October weekend – 19 to 21st Oct, 2018 and next Easter – 22nd to 26th April, 2019. We have more news about those events but that will be the subject of a later message. I can tell you the line-up of tutors (for both events) will be no less mouth-watering, do keep an eye on the website to get the latest news.

We’ll no doubt see many of you at this summers’ festivals and please spread the word about Sore Fingers, some may not know what they are missing!!!

See you soon
John & Moira

END CREDITS

TUTORS
John Hollandsworth – Bill Evans – Leon Hunt – Todd Phillips – Ivan Rosenberg
Brian Wicklund – Courtney Hartman – Ron Block – Matt Flinner – Jack Tuttle
Tatiana Hargreaves – Allison De Groot – Chris Coole – Emily Miller – Jesse Milnes
Phil Doleman – Heather Farrell-Roberts – Percy Copley – Eleanor Wilkie

SHOWCASES
Jackie Kempton

ELECTIVES
Peter Earle

SCRATCH BANDS
(Performing and Non-performing)
Roland Emmanuel – Martyn Blake – Jason Titley – Chris Harrison – Richard Holland
Dave Currie – Trevor Hyett – Paul Hill

DUBIOUS M’CEE’S
Brian Wicklund – Bill Evans

MERCHANDISE
Fiona Taylor – Julie Cross

CAFÉ KOSKY
Dave Kosky

PRODUCTION - SOUND – LIGHTS
Josh Clark – Tom Sweeney

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO
Greg Cain – John Breese

PROBABLY EVERTHING ELSE
(From daily routine tasks through facilitating accommodation houses,
cleaning, hospitality, etc, etc.)
Ella Paul – Lizzie Morris – Laura Carrivick – Charlotte Breese – Diane Currie – Camila Johns Martin Froud – Kieran Towers

ADMINISTRATION – FINANCE – GENERAL MANAGEMENT
Moira Wirtz

LOTS OF FUN AND PERFECTLY BEHAVED
Erin Taylor-Kosky

THE END
For now….

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