Friends & Hosts

Become a Friend and Support the Minehead Music Festival

You can help the Festival by becoming a Friend. Friends of the Festival make a donation of £20. This can be done when booking your tickets.

If you wish to become a friend click here to advise us of your intention or donate via the booking form.

We encourage Friends who are UK tax payers to use Gift Aid so that we are able to recover the tax from H M Revenue and Customs. If you would like to send a donation separately from your ticket application click here to download a Gift Aid form. See Contact page for Treasurer contact details.

Friends are automatically added to our mailing list for the following season. This means that they will get a brochure as soon as they are published and, by returning this promptly with a Friends donation, they enjoy priority booking. Priority booking is a great benefit as the best seats in our venue are snapped up early and Friends stand a better chance of getting them. Ticket applications received from Friends and Hosts during the priority period are dealt with in the order they are received and before other applications. After the priority period postal applications from Friends are dealt with before any ordinary applications received at the same time.

Please help us by hosting Orchestra Members and Soloists

Hosts are entitled to Priority Booking

The Minehead and Exmoor Festival Orchestra would not be viable without the support of our hosts who offer free bed and breakfast accommodation to soloists and the members of the Orchestra.

Although one or two of our performers live locally, most come from away, many from London. We offer them a holiday and in exchange they provide us with four orchestral concerts and a chamber concert. Accommodation is provided by generous local residents who give them bed and a simple breakfast. The Festival Committee arrange all other catering and pay their travelling expenses and a nominal honorarium. Many performers will stay for up to eight nights but some (especially soloists) will only spend one or two nights here.

In the past, our hosts have really enjoyed having a musician to stay with them. Many have formed lasting friendships and some performers stay with the same host every year.
For one good reason or another, some hosts drop out each season and we always need new hosts to replace them.
Hosts will be added to our mailing list and get the benefit of priority booking for all concerts. The best seats are always in demand and hosts and sponsors get first pick.
Please help us by hosting. Email the accommodation secretary for more details or write or phone using the details on our Contacts page.

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