We work a great deal in fundraising for the arts, so were thrilled when the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival approached us for support. Gilbert and Sullivan has a vast worldwide following, with generations continuing to rediscover and reshape these quirky operettas with the memorable tunes and lyrics.
The Gilbert & Sullivan Festival has been an instituion since 1994 – an annual celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan’s works. Initially staged in Buxton Opera House in the Derbyshire Peak District, since the Festival is now based at The Royal Hall, Harrogate in North Yorkshire. Few events or festivals come close in terms of variety, content nor enthusiasm!
The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival is one of the UK’s leading arts events: 2,000 performers, 40+ performances, and 25,000 people from all walks of life enjoying operas. It attracts amateur and professional international troupes, and a wide range of specialist UK companies – performing everything from ‘Bus Pass Opera’ by the over 60s, to youth productions. This year performers will come from as far as Naples, Florida – and likely further…
In the words of Chairman Ian Smith, who founded the festival: “The Festival is all about fantastic entertainment. The glorious music of Sullivan and Gilbert’s wonderful, witty dialogue and outstanding political satire which would not be out of place in today’s party political spats”.
We are delighted to be working with Ian and his team to help the festival thrive and reach new audiences. Fundraising for the arts is competitive and can be challenging, but clear and detailed research into potential funders, and a cogent Case for Support can work wonders. As in so many things, arts festivals and fundraising involve so much more than just the performance or artform in question: they bring people together, offer opportunities to try new things, and encourage people to recognise and live out their potential.