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Direction and Management of a quintet

This message was contributed by Juan Wright on 5/8/05.

Dear all,
I was until recently the manager of an arts centre in the isle of man. As a trombonist myself I set up a brass group attached to my employer. Regretably my boss has been rather unsupposrtive and negative in his views of the quintet and I have purchased all of the musical arrangements from my own pocket. I recently left the arts centre to take up other employment myself and the players are keen to continue the group with me. I feel to progress we need a musical adviser who can help us to tackle more challenging repertoire in rehearsal also as another point of view and another pair of ears to listen objectively. I would be keen for your advice on this as you are very highly spoken of and very professional. Despite my change of job I'd like the quintet I formed to continue. On the Isle of Man, suitable personnel to dep, music and performing opportunities are limited. I managed to organise a short tour to the south of France recently which was very successful. How do you go about financing your touring etc. Any advice you can give me would be most welcome.
Many thanks

Juan

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