Hour or Two

Carducci Festival stewards 17th – 19th May

The Carducci Music Trust aims to inspire audiences and musicians for the future through their work, performances and of course their festival. Through education work, grants and initiatives such as free concert tickets for under 25s, they hope to bring classical music and works to as wider audiences as possible.

This year’s festival takes place from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May 2019 in Highnam, near Gloucester. To ensure that the festival runs smoothly we are looking for some volunteer stewards to help out throughout the festival weekend.

What's involved?

The concerts for the festival are taking place at Holy Innocents Church in Highnam and Highnam Court and we need festival stewards at both sites. Before and after each concert there will be a little bit of setting up to be done to make sure that audience seating and performance areas are ready to use. We would also like our stewards to check tickets and direct people to their seats and sell programmes and artist CDs. There will be aninterval bar and so we will also need volunteers to man this to sell refreshments.

The stewards that help out on the bar will need to be over 18, but we can accommodate younger volunteers (over 14 years of age) for the other stewarding tasks. If you are local you will know that public transport to Highnam is a little infrequent (especially on evenings and on a Sunday) and so if you are not within walking distance having your own transport to and from the church and Highnam Court is strongly recommended. The path from the car park to the church is a mostly gravel and can be troublesome for wheelchairs to negotiate. However, there is wheelchair access inside both venues and we have stewarding dutes that are suitable for those with particular access requirements.

For the evening 7.30pm concerts, we would like stewards to arrive at 6pm. This will give us time for a quick briefing and to get any setting up sorted before the audience starts to arrive. After the concerts have finished we would need stewards to stay around for about another half hour to allow all of the audience to leave and do any basic tidying up or setting down. For an evening concert we would therefore be expecting stewards to leave at about 10pm. For the daytime concerts we would expect stewards to be needed about 90 minutes before the start time and to stay on about half an hour after the end.

You can volunteer to be involved for just one concert, or them all, or a selection.

If you would like to discuss things further, without committing yourself please contact Cathy at carduccitrust@gmail.com

Why get involved?

If you have a passion for classical music this is a great volunteering opportunity to be involved with as you will get to hear the concerts for free (and quite possibly meet the performers as well!). However, this is not just for classical music aficionados and musical buffs! The stewarding is also a great opportunity to practice and refine customer service and money handling skills and gain practical experience of how Arts festivals and events are put together and run. It is a very sociable volunteering experience as well, as you’ll not only be meeting the public, you’ll also be part of a friendly festival team.


How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
  2. Accept the challenge
  3. Await a response from the Carducci Musical Trust with more information 

Ideal Skills

  • Customer Service
  • Event Stewarding
  • Money Handling
  • Working independently
  • Working with Children 0-5yrs
  • Working with Children 6 - 12yrs
  • Working with Young People

Ideal Interests

  • Business and management
  • Commercial Development
  • Community Work
  • Creative and Arts
  • Event & Project Management
  • Events and Programming
  • Visitor Service/ Front of House

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Event Information

Carducci Festival 17th – 19th May 2019 - Friday 17th May, 2019

This year, the piano is the star of thee Carducci Festival, takign place at Higham from 17th - 19th May.  On Friday pianist Daniel Tongjoins us to perform Brahms classic Piano Quintet, while on Saturday we welcome back oboist Nicholas Daniel and welcome pianist (and composer!) Huw Watkins, for a French-themed programme including Saint-Saens Piano Quintet. The Coffee Concert at Highnam Court on Sunday morning has an eastern theme, courtesy of Serbian accordionist Miloš Milivojević, before our final concert on Sunday afternoon featuring pianist Clare Hammond with a chamber version of Mozart’s Piano Concerto. As ever, tickets for most Festival concerts are free for anyone aged under 26, thanks to support from the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust, so please help us spread the word and introduce a new audience to these wonderful works. Moe details of the schedule and programme and how to get tickets can be found at https://carducciquartet.com/festivals/