It’s coming to that time of year again – the Roberts Park summer event season! The first concert of 2017 is Bradford Metropolitan Concert Band on the 21st May. As this date is now rapidly approaching, we need to make plans for this Summer’s series of bandstand concerts and Shakespeare in the Park events. Consequenty we are now actively seeking interested community volunteers to assist us in the running of the 2017 season of events.
This year we are ideally looking to setup a buddy rota system that would pair up existing FoRP volunteers with some willing volunteers. The idea here is that this should give some of our newer volunteers a chance to learn the ropes when it comes to running these bandstand events from some experienced hands! We can offer all potential volunteers the chance to meet lots of interesting people whilst spending time outdoors in the sunshine, listening to fantastic variety of live music. All within wonderful natural ampitheatre of the Roberts Park bandstand.
To give some idea of what would be involved in this kind of volunteering, a typical bandstand event runs on a Sunday afternoon from 2-4pm and normally proceeeds as follows:
1) Arrive circa 1:30pm in the park to setup.
2) Unload chairs and microphone, amplifier etc from the park shelters and transport to bandstand
3) Setup all equipment in the bandstand, check power etc, soundcheck.
(experienced volunteers will be present to help with this)
4) Setup chairs for audience.
5) Meet and greet band, check they have everything they need.
6) Marshall event whilst band is playing.
7) Collect donations from the public to help pay for future bandstand music acts etc during the interval.
8) Thank band
9) Tidy up.
At this stage we wish to stress that even if you can only commit to one or two Sundays, or even just to part of a single Sunday afternoon this would still potentially be a huge help and would be much appreciated. So even if you are busy, please don’t feel you have nothing to contribute!
We actually have a full bandstand concert dress-rehearsal planned for this Friday, 12th May at 6pm at the Roberts Park bandstand. So if you are interested, and would potentially like to find out more, please feel free to join us then.
If you fancy volunteering with the Friends but can’t make the rehersal, or are an experienced FoRP volunteer and would like to let us know your availability for this Summer then please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For completeness and convenience I have attached a copy of our Bandstand 2017 Poster to this post. This contains a handy at-a-glance summary of all this Summer park events – both concert and play dates – so please do check it out.