Have we reached the point where the arts administrator is more important than the performer?
The glossy colour brochure for the 2006 Norfolk and Norwich Festival features no less than six separate colour photos of the Festival organisers and their friends, with a mugshot of the Festival Director on page 3 before we are allowed a glimpse of any of the performers.
The lavish brochure is matched by some equally lavish prices. Tickets for the Philharmonia Orchestra's gig in the Saint Andrew's Hall, with its 'grin and bear it' acoustics, range from £26 ($47) to a whopping £45 ($81), plus a token few at £5 ($9). Despite this On An Overgrown Path remains a huge supporter of the Festival. Check out the 2006 programme, which runs from 3rd to 14th May and includes The Sixteen performing Victoria's Requiem and a new choral work from Joby Talbot, via this link.
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