Music in the Park, 20 August 2006

Classical Café with Nick Watts and Scott Clifford

The weather failed to smile on the last event of six at “Saltaire Bandstand” 2006 on Sunday 20th August. But “the band played on.” The rain forced the Classical duo of Nick Watts (piano) and Scott Clifford (flute) indoors into the Half Moon Café. An enthusiastic audience of around 40 people squeezed in to enjoy the music, and the teas provided by Friends of Roberts Park. As at all events, the performers’ refreshments were kindly sponsored by Shipley Community Housing Trust.

Overall, five of the six concerts organised by the Half-Moon Steering Group attracted audiences of 40 to well over 100, just one event, “Gypsy” rock band, having to be cancelled owing to drizzly weather, which did not allow the band to set up. Some locals turned up for every event, often bringing their own seating. The Park itself was used for a traditional leisure purpose, the Cricket Club and the Friends of Roberts Park both acquired much-needed income, and the profile of the Half-Moon as a local cafe was enhanced.

The artistes themselves, all of whom appeared without asking a fee, are due a big thank you for their efforts. They all enjoyed appreciative audiences and it is hoped they will return next year.

Certainly the Half-Moon Steering Group will be drawing up a similar programme for Summer 2007.

It is hoped this time that funding will be available to provide some cover for the performers, thus guaranteeing that the music will actually be played. In the longer term, Sir Titus’s bandstand will return to its rightful place in its rightful shape.
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