Anonymous donor underwrites St James classical concerts
A DECADES-LONG friend of St James has ‘saved the day’ by donating £5,000 to the concert hall to underwrite two classical concerts facing cancellation.
A year of plummeting ticket sales for classical concerts at St James has seen a growing list of world-renowned performers, who have sold out venues like the Carnegie Hall, attract no more than a few dozen to the St Peter Port venue.
The latest two artists in this downturn were the Maxwell Quartet and the Warwick Piano Trio. Ticket sales had been so low that it seemed financially improbable that either event could take place with St James already budgeting for ongoing renovations and new heating systems.
Following Saturday’s article in the Guernsey Press on the threat the events would not happen, ticket sales doubled to around 100, but this was still not enough to make them financially viable.
Out of the blue an anonymous benefactor and long-term friend of the St Peter Port concert hall came forward with the donation.
St James executive director Jon Bisson said that the generous donation was entirely unprompted and full of community spirit.
‘We are very grateful for the donation, which came to us without prompt. It shows great community spirit and fully supports us in our ambition to be a community hub. Thanks to this contribution the shows can go on and our classical audiences won’t be disappointed.’
The Maxwell Quartet and Warwick Piano Trio are due to perform at St James tomorrow and 23 October respectively.
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