The University has a really good concert hall. Yet the large ensembles play most of their concerts elsewhere. Why? Because they have to be self funding and can't afford the TS fees for every concert.
Was this what was envisaged when it was built? These groups not only showcase the Uni talent but are training opportunity for those looking to a professional career. Playing in a good concert hall on campus should be part of that training
The current arrangements should be renegotiated with the University to enable this
Monday 12th Jun 2017 3:46pmHi Lilias, Thanks for getting in touch! I completely understand that Turner Sims venue hire costs are a regular irritation for our Performing Arts societies especially the fact that there is a world-class venue on their doorstep that they often struggle to use. The Union always tries to provide as much grant funding to societies as possible, but unfortunately there is never enough money to fund every application. Myself and some members of the Performing Arts committee recently met with a member of staff at the University in charge of Arts stategy, and Turner Sims hire was one of the issues that was brought up. It seems clear that looking into a renegotiation of the agreement between Turner Sims and Union societies is a sensible move! I have passed on your submission to the member of University staff in question, and I will update you when I have a response from them. Many thanks, Cameron Meldrum
Tuesday 16th May 2017 12:34pm
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