HOTFOOT 2007 Gets The Go-Ahead!

HOTFOOT 06.9.16 Richard Gordon-Smith, Tony Burrage & HOPES Festival Orchestra (small) 90x115.jpg The annual ‘HOTFOOT’ Concert in Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall – set this year for 7 p.m. on Sunday 22 July – has been a Midsummer favourite for over a decade now. HOPES: The Hope Street Association, the charity which promotes and produces the concert, is delighted that the 2007 concert will receive support of £5,000 from the Liverpool Culture Company.

Our theme this year is HOTFOOT 1977 – 2007 A Street of Hope for 30 Years.
We would be thrilled if you too would be involved, support us and attend.

The annual HOTFOOT on Hope Street concert, put on by HOPES: The Hope Street Association, is always an exciting and incredibly positive event, but it does offer its own challenges. One of these is how are we, the Trustees of the sponsoring charity, HOPES, going to pay for it?
The idea of a concert led by fully professional musicians, but at which amateur and student performers are welcome regardless of age or background, is great. How many other opportunities are there in a year for people to sing and play on the stage of the world-famous Philharmonic Hall with musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra? But the logistics and costs of this enterprise are not issues easily resolved.
Good news
So today’s news for HOPES from the Liverpool Culture Company
is fabulous. We are to receive from them the full £5,000 which we requested towards our budget.
This is really welcome not only because it reduces the worries about money (though there’s still a substantial way to go) but because, we like to think, it is a recognition of the work we in HOPES have done over the years to enhance and promote the Hope Street Quarter and the communities which have a stakehold in that area of Liverpool.
The tasks ahead
But this is only a beginning. Writing a successful bid is one thing; delivering the project well is another altogether. The tasks ahead [**] which now confront us include:
* obtaining substantial further sponsorship to meet our costs;
* finalising details of the concert programme, to fit the agreed
theme of HOTFOOT 1977 – 2007 A Street of Hope for 30 Years – we are planning another amazing world premiere by HOPES’ Composer in Association, Richard Gordon-Smith;
* putting out the invitations to all who may be interested to join us as performers;
* arranging all the back-stage bureaucratic things which must be in place before any public performance;
* devising and delivering an effective marketing and promotions strategy;
* booking the best professional musicians to coach the non-professional performers and to take ‘anchor player’ roles in the concert;
* settling, and confirming with all performers, dates and venues for rehearsals and the like;
* designing and ordering the T-shirts (mementos which all
performers get to keep, and so different every year);
* writing and publishing the fliers, poster and programmes (sponsors most welcome!); and
* ensuring the tickets sell well in advance, and on the day.
[** which I once listed poetically (!) in a light-hearted / light-headed post-performance moment]
Volunteers at work
Some of the professional musicians’ time (quite rightly) apart, all these tasks are done by volunteers. But co-ordinating volunteers, even very willing and able ones, is not the easiest way to get anything done, and it all still takes a great deal of everyone’s energy and time.
But at least we are now properly at the starting line; and as ever we are confident that the concert will be all we could wish for, a
great evening out for performers and audience alike.
How you can help and get involved
So, if you’d like to help (thank you for asking), there are a number of ways you are most welcome to do this:
* You can be sure to buy tickets (from the Phil Hall box office, on 0151-709 3789, or via their website).
* If you sing, or can play an orchestral instrument at roughly Grade V or above, you would be most welcome to join us in the HOPES Festival Choir or Orchestra – just email us with your details and we will be in touch.
* You can ensure your colleagues, friends and neighbours all know about the concert, and how to get tickets and / or become involved in the performance.
* You could join HOPES and perhaps become part of the
HOTFOOT organising or support team.
* You or your company would be welcomed with open arms if you would like to become a (profiled) sponsor of this event, which is fully supported by the Liverpool Culture Company; again, please just email us and we will get back to you.
Be there on Sunday 22 July at 7 p.m.!
If you’re planning to be in Liverpool on 22 July there will only be one place to be – the Philharmonic Hall on Hope Street. More details will follow shortly, but do be sure to put HOPES’ annual concert in your diary right now.
We look forward very much to seeing you at 7 p.m. on 22 July at HOTFOOT on Hope Street 2007, as part of Liverpool’s 800th Anniversary (‘Birthday’) celebrations.

Posted on March 29, 2007, in HOPES: The Hope Street Association, Liverpool And Merseyside and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. sheila busby (mrs)

    Have really enjoyed playing in the past and look forward to playing again. It is quite an experience playing at the Phil.

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