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Project information

Florestan Festival at Peasmarsh

The Florestan Festival is an established chamber music festival directed by The Florestan Trio, for the local community in Peasmarsh and Rye which attracts a significant number of visitors to the region each year. We want to expand our education programme and reinstate the Friday orchestral concert.

June 2011 - June 2011

Charity information: The Florestan Trust

The Florestan Trust
  • Need


    Access to high quality classical music, particularly chamber music, is restricted in the rural area of Peasmarsh & Rye, due to a lack of suitable concert venues & organisations to fulfil this need. In addition, primary school access to high quality music education projects is restricted by the small size of local schools & therefore their budgets, & the lack of relevant organisations who can deliver appropriately targeted programmes that meet the high standard that the Florestan Festival offers.


    The Florestan Festival will present 8 concerts in 4 days during June 2011, including an orchestral chamber concert, & deliver an education programme which will give Key Stage 2 children (age 7-11) a profound & engaging experience of live classical music, both as audience members, composers & performers. We will extend this programme by including a schools concert, & also a 'Cushion Concert' for the Under 5s to introduce chamber music to young children in an informal atmosphere at an early age.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Stage the Florestan Festival in Peasmarsh & Rye in June 2011.


    » - present 8 concerts by the best chamber musicians performing today over 4 days - reinstate a major orchestral concert on the Festival Friday

    What success will look like

    Success will be meeting or exceeding our 90% box office target, attracting some 1500 ticket holders to the festival concerts, working with local volunteers & the two churches.

    Aim 2

    Deliver the Festival's Education Programme aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils in local primary schools.


    » - Work with classes from up to three schools over 5 days of workshops, focusing on chamber music, with a final sharing performance on the last day.

    What success will look like

    Success will be expanding the education programme to 3 primary schools, involving each in the planning process, with 90 pupils benefiting overall from the project.

    Aim 3

    Introduce young children to chamber music to cultivate a life-long interest in classical music.


    » Invite local schools to attend a schools concert hosted by one of the participating primary schools, using a piano trio experienced in education work.
    » Invite local pre-schools, nursery groups and pre-prep schools as well as the general public to an informal Cushion Concert for the Under 5s.

    What success will look like

    Success will be delivering a Cushion Concert to at least 100 children & their carers, giving them a solid but relaxed & fun introduction to chamber music in an informal atmosphere.

  • Impact


    The Festival's legacy creates ambition locally to get the best musicians, a long term commitment & involvement from local volunteers who are integral partners & whose experience in delivering a successful Festival strengthens the local community, economic benefit via visitor accommodation & restaurant bookings, & spend in other local businesses (assessed by post-festival surveys), secures future festivals & opens the door to classical music, encouraging enquiring minds, & makes it accessible.


    There is a risk of cancellation by the performers due to unavoidable circumstances such as illness, bereavement or travel disruption. We prepare alternative programming as standard or we re-schedule the performance. The venues could cancel due to circumstances beyond their control. We have a list of alternative emergency venues, & keep contact details of all ticket holders to inform them of any changes. We also have a child protection policy in place plus all education leaders are CRB checked.


    Project funders will receive a bi-monthly email report on the project, detailing budget and fundraising updates, any project changes, the festival programme and education programme, and an evaluation at the completion of the Festival.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £53,525

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,800 Venue Costs Venue Hire, Staging, Lighting
      £4,000 Marketing Advance marketing literature, programmes
      £2,800 Site costs Marquee, portaloos, electricity, field hire
      £5,225 Management fee 2 x staff
      £4,500 Box office commission Box Office Commission
      £28,000 Artist fees Florestan Trio, guest artists, orchestra fee
      £4,200 Education Programme Education leaders, schools concert, cushion concert
  • Background


    Peasmarsh and Rye are located in a rural area of East Sussex with limited access to concert venues and services. Its demographic is mixed, and we ensure that the festival always offers tickets at an affordable price so that the majority of people can access high quality chamber music on their doorstep during the festival.


    Up to 90 local children will have the opportunity to develop their musical talents, inspiring confidence and communication skills, and some 200 additional children & their carers will learn more about classical music in an informed, but informal atmosphere. Local residents will have access to the highest quality chamber music, and local businesses will benefit from national and international festival visitor spend, contributing to the prosperity of the local economy.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Florestan Trust has organised 13 previous festivals and its small management team, supported by local volunteers, is expertly equipped to deliver the 2011 Festival and its associated education programme. It has all the relevant insurances and permissions in place, and maintains excellent relations in the local community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    The Florestan Trio

    Anthony Marwood, Susan Tomes, Richard Lester are the renowned Trio musicians, & have been Festival Artistic Directors since the Festival's inception.

    Imogen Smart

    Imogen Smart is the General Manager of the Florestan Trust, and is an arts manager with over 20 years experience in the not for profit arts sector.

    Sue Schlesinger

    Sue Schlesinger is the lead volunteer from the Friends of Peasmarsh Church, who manages the Festival box office and on the ground support.

    Sam Glazer

    Sam Glazer is an Education Animateur who has over 10 years experience in delivering high quality, professional education programmes in primary schools