Classic Concerts

great music, innovative solutions


September 2010

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At last, a new email system

Welcome to our new email system - this is a big step up from the previous one and we hope will work more smoothly.   We hope that you will wish to continue to receive updates by email but if you do not wish to receive further emails please use the unsubscribe link at the top or bottom and your address will be automatically removed.  If you would like email sent to a different address please unsubscribe using the link below and sign up with the new address at here*.  If you know anyone who might be interested to hear about concerts please send them a link so that they can sign up.

Circulating brochures and other information about concerts by post and other distribution is extremely expensive, labour intensive and wasteful.  The need to move our marketing and ticket sales online is pressing - it offers a great opportunity to increase efficiency, reduce costs and operate on a more environmentally friendly basis.  Designing and printing artwork, stuffing and addressing envelopes and providing staffed box office services generates substantial overheads as well as huge wastage (print run requirements normally mean over-production).  My own view is that the future for concerts is online - at least for everything except the music - allowing us to dedicate the maximum extent of precious resources to performances rather than the surrounding infrastructure.

Website re-design

The Classic Concerts website has been re-designed and freshened up, we hope you will find everything clearer and easy to navigate.

Find us on facebook

Classic Concerts now has a page on facebook

If you use facebook please join us there.  If not then you can still view the page - it can also be accessed from our website.

More coverage for RAVE model

Our innovative business model for the Watford concerts gains more publicity this month in the international arts managers' magazine Gig.  The article is available on pdf from here as well.

Watford Concerts

Our new series of chamber concerts at the Purcell School is looking very promising - all the subscription tickets sold out in no time.  We now have tickets available for 31st October at Merchant Taylors' School (which can be booked here) and a few odd tickets for some of the other concerts (please call the box office for details on 01923 888320 or email your enquiry to   In view of the demand, we are looking at ways to increase capacity next season so if you were disappointed this year, please do not give up on us!

Many thanks to all those who made donations:  we still need to raise more funds but the system is still working and we are making progress on the dream of sustainable operation.

New project

Chopin for a fiver is our latest project - two performances in the beautiful church of Christ Church in Spitalfields with Vladimir Ovchinnikov on 18th October.   This takes the principles of the RAVE model we pioneered in Watford and adds experimentation with a new, wholly online marketing and sales mechanism - please click here for more details.

Please help us to make a success of this new venture by supporting the concerts yourself or forwarding a link to anyone who might be interested.  For those of you in Watford, Christ Church may seem far away but please remember that Aldgate tube, a short walk from the church,  is just the other end of the Metropolitan line and the 6pm start means it does not have to be a late return.

I hope to see you there - or at one of the Watford Concerts.

Jonathan Brett
Artistic Director


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