Following a less-than-useful application for a series of concerts, at least we're able to proceed with one. The local St Vincent de Paul are fundraising for a new building in Timaru and I think an organ concert could provide a chance to share the message with the folks out there and get some hands into pockets. An hour of organ music - a few serious things and a few fun things - as well as a couple of up-and-coming student performers from Timaru. Also today, Carole Kenealy, a Soprano from Auckland has indicated her desire to come down and sing for the concert - in fact she's already gone and booked her tickets! Says she's been keen to sing inside the basilica for a few years now.
As it happens, the local Community Arts Council is seeking to give out some funding for events "after 18 September" - so this falls into that category. St Vincent de Paul are doing the advertising and other promotion, so I've forwarded the details to them.
Any other keen performers who would like to join in an afternoon of great music making? Now would be a great time to make contact.