Lewisham Concert Band concert cancelled due to weather.

To state that we’ve been unlucky with the weather this year would be an understatement. Due to wet weather predicted for this afternoon, we regret that Lewisham Concert Band have requested the event be cancelled. We did try to reschedule, but the only other free date would be 10th July and bad weather is also forecast for this date.  Due to the size of the band, relocating the event to a new venue wouldn’t be possible at this time. We’re terribly sorry for any disappointment this may cause.

 

Shakespeare’s Othello Venue Change

This is just a quick update to let you know that for reasons beyond our control.  Shakespeare’s Othello will now take place in Maldon Town Hall.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Kieran Sampson

Buy Maldon Festival Tickets Online

Buy Maldon Festival tickets online

Just a quick update to let you all know that you can now purchase your Maldon Festival tickets online.  To purchase tickets directly from us simply head over to the Main Programme to place your order.  We’ll send the tickets straight out to you.

Maldon Festival Souvenir Programmes for Free This Year

Maldon Festival Programmes

The Maldon Festival has always been a non-profit organisation.  Any money earned from the festival after the bills are paid is put straight back into the pot for next year.  As such, we try to keep our events as affordable as possible.  As part of this initiative, we have always wanted to make our souvenir programmes free to our patrons.  This year for the first time, we feel we are in a position to do so.  Not only that, but this year’s programme will also be in a larger A4 format rather than the B4 size used previously.

We’re treating it as an experiment for now.  As you can understand, they cost money to make, which in past years, has been paid for, in part by festival goers and also by local businesses who advertise within the programme. This year we’re trying a purely advertisement funding based model.  If it’s a success we’ll carry the tradition on.

If you run a local business and would like to advertise to potentially thousands of readers, please see our details of how to advertise.

Colomboloco to perform at Maldon Taoist Tai Chi Centre

Colomboloco

We are delighted to inform you that for the first time in the Maldon Festival we have been given permission to host an event at the Maldon Taoist Tai Chi Centre on London Road.

On Thursday 30th June 2016 Colomboloco will be performing their unique blend of dynamic music from southern Europe in this fabulous venue.

The Maldon Taoist Tai Chi Centre is a fantastic space with excellent facilities and we are very grateful for this opportunity to include the centre in our list of venus for this year’s Maldon Festival.

If you would like a sneak peak at what to expect from Colomboloco then take a look at the following video they’ve shared on Youtube.

Maldon Festival Tickets Now on Sale

The 9th Maldon Festival is fast approaching with the most eclectic programme we’ve ever brought to the festival.

We are pleased to inform you that tickets for all events are now available from the Maldon Tourist Information Centre on Wenlock way in Maldon.  Online ticket sales will be available soon and we will keep you updated and let you know just as soon as they become available.

debbie&andrew’s Short listed for Samworth Rural Action Award

debbie&andrews community sponosorship

debbie&andrew’s who last year awarded the Maldon Festival a micro sponsorship have been shortlisted for the prestigious Samworth Rural Action Award

Business in the Community as part of the Prince’s Responsible Business Network runs one of the most prestigious and rigorous Awards recognising businesses acting responsibly towards their communities at every level. debbie&andrew’s is proud to say its community micro sponsorship scheme has been short listed for the Samworth Rural Action Award by the Responsible Business Awards. Ian Bagnall of debbie&andrew’s commented. “It is a tough award even to enter – with a detailed and diligent process of scrutiny by a very experienced judging panel. To be short listed is a significant acheivement and I am delighted for everyone in the debbie&andrew’s team who have been involved in developing and delivering our micro sponsorship scheme.”

debbie&andrew’s micro sponsorship scheme

debbie&andrew’s make ‘welly good sausages’ that provide ‘A Real Taste of the Country’.   This goes beyond creating succulent sausages made of British pork from farmers that meet Red Tractor standards, to supporting the communities that encapsulate country values through the debbie&andrew’s micro sponsorship scheme.  This is aimed at local or grass root fund raisers for whom even a small injection of cash could make a significant difference.  Awards range from £50 to £1000 in cash, plus free product for use in charity meals or barbecues. Any fund raiser in aid of local activities and communities which bring ‘A Real Taste of the Country’ to life can qualify. So long as the money raised is for a good cause that is supported locally and embodies country-inspired activities, skills, crafts, values or ideas. Awards are made based on the reach and relevance of the fund-raiser and the scope of the money given to optimise the money raised.  (Photo shows debbie&andrew’s latest micro sponsorship award to the Spitalfields City Farm Annual Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race – who received a £1000 award to promote the race which raised £15,100 in total).

Business in the Community received 297 entries for the Responsible Business Awards, shortlisted 103 and re-accredited a further 82 entries for demonstrating continual impact in their responsible business programme.  Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “We know that every day businesses contribute towards more resilient communities, stimulate local economies, help to create skilled and healthy workforces and tackle environmental challenges. But more companies need to share these ideas and actions to grow the responsible business movement in the UK and abroad, which is why we launched Responsible Business Week.

“Today’s Responsible Business Awards shortlist represents the very best of business. Celebrating their stories helps raise awareness of business as a powerful force for good.”

Now in its 19th year, the Responsible Business Awards are open to companies of all sizes, from SMEs to multi-nationals, and across all sectors. Categories cover a wide range of positive business activities, from investing in the health and wellbeing of employees, nurturing young people to develop skills, supporting rural communities and more disadvantaged members of society, to helping the resilience of communities in the face of international disasters.

All shortlisted companies will be celebrated through a series of Responsible Business Gala events taking place across the country in June.

The Award Winners are announced at BITC’s Annual Responsible Business Gala at the O2 in London on 11 July, hosted by Fujitsu (2015 Responsible Business of the Year).

For more information on the Awards, visit www.bitc.org.uk/awardstories and follow @BITC on Twitter #BITCawards.

Details on debbie&andrew’s charity projects, recipes and products are available on the debbie&andrews website or Facebook  or Twitter

Sarah Gordon Memorial Concert

Kirckman Concert Society

Sarah Gordon (1944-2015) was, for decades, a well-known figure in Maldon. For many years, she was administrator of the Kirckman Concert Society; promoting gifted young musicians and helping them at the start of their careers. She was also a founder member of the Maldon Festival committee, helping to bring Kirckman artists to perform in Maldon.

The Kirckman Concert society says, “Sarah was far more than just a gifted music administrator. In addition to arranging a huge number of concerts and events for the Society, she helped and guided many artists with great skill and sensitivity at the beginning of their professional performing careers. Working alongside our Music Director (originally co-founder Geraint Jones and subsequently Neil Black), she saw this support role for Kirckman artists as being of crucial importance in building the confidence of young musicians and, with her colleagues in Sarah Gordon Concert Management, she made a vital contribution to the success of the Society’s activities for over 25 years. We at Kirckman will continue to promote outstanding young musicians, but Sarah’s dedication and warmth will be irreplaceable. She will be fondly remembered and very greatly missed.”

The concert, sponsored by the Kirckman Concert Society, will be a recital by Marta Kowalczyk and Somi Kim for violin and piano in her memory

Bach’s St Matthew Passion to be This Year’s Closing Concert.

The Choir of St Mary's, Maldon

We are delighted to announce that, following five years of highly successful performances of the St John Passion, The Choir of St Mary’s, Maldon will be joined by previous festival visitors, The St Peter’s Singers (now re-named Chorus Anglicanum), and Pegasus Baroque Orchestra to close the Maldon Festival on 9th July with this towering work from the choral repertoire: Bach’s St Matthew Passion.

If you can’t wait until July, however, you can hear the St John Passion, free of charge, in St Mary’s Church on Good Friday (25th March) at 7.30pm.