PML PRESIDENT ANDREW OLIVER STANDS DOWN

The recent lockdown has given Andrew the opportunity to reflect on the first 21 months of operation and his role as President of Paphos Music Lovers. As a result, and because of personal reasons, he offered his resignation as President at the recent PML Board Meeting, in the fervent hope that a new leader will step forward to take PML onwards. He will give every assistance to the new President and all involved in PML for as long as it takes to ensure a smooth hand-over.

Paphos Music Lovers is a very special organisation that is loved and respected by many and he hopes that it will survive and prosper under new leadership for many years to come.

It was the general feeling of the Board that the loss of Andrew as President would be a retrograde step, but after discussion, and respecting Andrew’s wishes, the Board expressed their gratitude for all his hard work and gratefully accepted his offer of continuing to provide publicity for the Association.

It has been agreed that he be co-opted to remain on the board as a non-executive director. Following his wishes, he will have no operational responsibilities whatsoever, but will be able to assist in governance and planning where needed, and the Board can tap into his unique experience as he transfers his knowledge over time. He was invited and is prepared to continue with his publicity work as he finds this is still well within his capabilities and is his favourite part of the role.

Derek Towner as current Vice President was invited, and agreed, to become interim leader and set up and lead a small Entertainments sub-group, to manage all future PML concerts and fundraisers. Derek will contact all members and volunteers shortly to update them, and will continue to liaise with Andrew as required.

Once we become an official Association (hopefully this year!!!) we will call an AGM to agree how we take PML forward in the future.

THE FUTURE OF MUSIC IN PAPHOS – A SURVEY: 4 - 14 April 2020

Paphos Music Lovers asked music lovers this question: When the music venues re-open, what would you like the Paphos music scene to look like? DIFFERENT? THE SAME? Suggestions please! 100 responded.

Summary of findings 

‘You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone’ are the immortal words of Joni Mitchell which have never been more appropriate than today. No longer can we gather together with friends, shake hands, hug and enjoy music-making together. We live in a time of isolation, streamed concerts and online meetings. This is also a very good time to rest, read and reflect on life. What better time to stop and really think about our lives? It was with this in mind that I started to question my cultural life and the artistic life of Paphos, my adopted town.

Paphos has always had an exciting music scene which just keeps improving. There is lots of Greek and Cypriot music made everywhere from tradition folklore shows in restaurants and hotels to the latest Greek rock in the bouzouki clubs, all of which are extremely well supported. Ten years ago, international pop shows in Paphos could reasonably expect an audience of 50 – 100 indoors and maybe 300 in an amphitheatre. Today, indoor shows remain at a similar level of attendance but are much more frequent, whilst outdoor events, especially those featuring imported tribute bands, can attract 1,000 guests over two performances. The pop scene is vibrant and very well supported here.

There is a small but dedicated group of folk music enthusiast who meet monthly and also monthly jazz appreciating group meetings. The music schools are teeming with young talent. The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra used to play in Paphos to maybe 100 at best. Nowadays they enjoy the support of 300 or more avid fans. The new Artistic director Jens Georg Bachman has greatly raised the standard and popularity of the orchestra. Our lovely recital hall, Technopolis 20, started from zero five years ago and has built a faithful following resulting in most events attracting 50 plus indoors and 100 in the garden. We had long lacked a jazz club but in the last six months Mare Mare has put Paphos on the jazz map with 50 - 75 fans attending concerts whilst jazz players from around the world are urgently requesting the opportunity to play Paphos. One thing is for sure: music-making is constantly evolving and is alive and well in Paphos.

Paphos Music Lovers has for a long time been determined to help spread the cultural word and with many thousands of social media followers, can now boast a team of 60 volunteers and 1,000 dedicated supporters for all quality music in the town. They are notified of events via social media, weekly emailed newsletters and the listings website paphosmusiclovers.com which each enjoy 1,000 plus hits per week. We also reach out to the wider public via the print media including Cyprus Mail, Paphos Post and Cyprus In Style.

During this period of lockdown when all live music venues are closed, we asked our volunteers, followers and supporters a simple question: ‘When the music venues re-open, what would you like the Paphos music scene to look like? DIFFERENT? THE SAME? Suggestions please!’ 100 responded. Here are our entirely subjective and non-scientific findings.

Most people do not consider culture to be a large part of their lives and did not respond to the survey. Social media evidence suggests they prefer Netflix and a takeaway to a live experience. Many go out for meals and some enjoy a dinner show from time to time. Those that really like live music mostly follow Greek and Cypriot music, pop/rock pub singers, cover bands and tribute acts and are content with the current entertainment offering, evidenced by the recent opening of several new venues. This audience is passionate about local entertainers and many have a dedicated following. The minority that seek classical and jazz music are happy with the scene but would like more blues, jazz (especially big band), latin, opera, ballet, large events, pianobar and original music. Some people would like to explore music new to them as part of organised group outings.

I think that, despite our best efforts to grow the market via very intense marketing efforts over the years, we can all now accept that the audience for what PML does is reaching maturity. It is really quite small and though we will continue to inform the public of our activities, perhaps we should just be content to work with the audience we have and let it grow organically. Growth for growth’s sake is no substitute for quality. I know from recent emails and Facebook comments that our supporters, though relatively small in number, hold us in very high regard and really love what we are doing.

Of course, good music does not come cheap and almost every arts organisation and venue relies on donations, subscriptions, commercial sponsorship and government funding to survive. Ticket income can usually cover anything from less than 10% to perhaps 60% of costs and PML is no exception. We thank all our financial backers, especially Mare Mare and Blevins Franks, our private donors and Angels together with our venue partners Annabelle Hotel and Technopolis 20. We welcome further support from companies that may wish to raise their profile whilst associating with high quality cultural activities. We also welcome new volunteers with a passion for music, who would enjoy organising concerts. Together, we will assure the long-term future of good music in Paphos, for the benefit and well-being of the entire community.

Take care, stay safe

Andrew Oliver – President: Paphos Music Lovers Cultural Association.

 

Recommendations. I propose we consider the quality music scene in three sectors.

1 - House Concerts: 10 – 50 invited guests for chamber music, jazz and singer-songwriters.

2 - Recitals: up to 100 guests for jazz and classical music.

3 - Events: over 100 guests for symphony orchestra, ballet, opera, cinema, crossover.

Actions to be considered

1 - Offer organised group outings with pre-concert meals for local events: CYSO, ballet and opera screenings etc and with coach travel for large scale events in other towns; opera, ballet, symphony etc.

2 - Produce a series of singer-songwriter showcases.

3 - Start a series of house concerts.

4 - Continue to run small chamber music recitals with local artistes.

5 – Maintain the jazz club at Mare Mare.

6 - Organise a very few large-scale events.

7 - Try to source more sponsorship and other funding.

8 - Encourage more venues, producers and promoters to present blues, jazz, latin and pianobar.

PML Board Members’ input

I would say the variety of entertainment in Paphos is excellent and well catered for.

Since the audiences for classical and original music in Paphos are generally so small and venues costly, why not organise house concerts?

I think you had some response from your query about local performers who would like to be given more opportunity to showcase their talent. Risky, but we feel that might be worth exploring further, especially if it could focus on the jazz, blues, etc that people think is a bit lacking.

We should continue to organise a few small recitals, plus masterclasses and lectures, primarily focusing on local teachers and students.

We could organise a small number of high-profile events aimed at larger audiences.

Continue with the monthly jazz concerts.

I think that the coach trips might be an area where we could get involved. I presume it would be a case of advertising something at say the Curium or Limassol and arranging the coach. We wouldn’t necessarily be involved in the concert.

The cinema screenings of classical events provide a welcome option too and I suspect your promoting of online special events during the lockdown is finding favour with a new audience.

Singles are already catered for in a few groups but maybe not everyone knows about them.

I would not consider a ‘singles’ evening or advise getting involved in anything like that.

The Annabelle concert was very pleasant and suited us for venue, performers and timing, as we do prefer that but still not a great turnout. We’d have quite liked a proper afternoon tea to go with that concert for example or a complimentary glass of wine.

Do we need to explore options that would suit the various different nationalities living in Paphos?

Is there scope or feasibility for an online paid concert at times?

Could we use the hall in Mesogi and if so, could we install a piano?

The survey responses:

General

I don’t think it will change, why should it. Give it a year, things will look the same.

The same.

From my point of view people always ask for something different, but when we come to venues to present our programmes, and we have 4 different Tribute shows, owners say that their guests don't want anything different than they already have.

I think Pafos is spoiled for choice with the music scene, so much local talent, little need to import any.

I just dream of being able to get to a concert and go out with friends.

I haven't got any suggestions, except that all the venues should make sure they provide strong and comfortable seats.

We need a venue for quality shows.

I would like to see more large events.

Venues with people that can understand the musicians.

Same meaning PML in charge… different meaning bigger events.

I am not sure if all music venues will reopen. Not only because of the pandemic but mainly because the government has culture at the bottom of her list of priorities. Some music venues are struggling for years to survive and the present situation may hit the final deathblow on them.

The problem in Paphos is that good music has no audience. I've been here for so many years and I can't stand it.

Strange time to ask such a question considering it's not possible for bands to get together and work on new material! We'll just be very happy to get back out there.

Full of healthy entertainers who are bursting to get back to work.

The same. The quality of the Paphos entertainers is as good as it gets.

As varied as ever, to suit all tastes.

Singles

More places for middle aged single people between 35 and 55.

I love the Paphos music scene, maybe when we get back to normal, some events for people on their own? I know it's difficult but sometimes I don't want to go to events where there are couples and groups. Happy in my own company but don't want to feel like Billy No Mates (not sure what the female equivalent is).

A singles concert club would be good if it's possible. I'm sure there are other people who feel the same. I love all live music and feel this would encourage single people to attend. Music is good for the soul! Thank you.

Classical, Ballet, Opera

It was great and until now ...but maybe we can start inviting musicians from abroad, more ballet, why not even opera, not just once per year? Talks with artists/groups can start and now...I would like to help for this, as well, if any help is needed.

Classical, Ballet and Opera is my personal preference.

Classical and some live opera singers.

Recitals linked with masterclasses.

Jazz, Blues, World Music

Maybe Flamenco music and dance?

I have no complaints whatsoever. I get lots of good jazz and classic and as much Greek music as I want. And I have it all in a small radius around the Old City. The farthest I've had to go was Kato Paphos. Very convenient for old people like me who don't drive. If I could make a wish, it would be to have more of the Big Band, they are fantastic!

Different but down to musical choice, jazz yes more blues and more rock. We were going to see Andrea Motis in Barcelona in early May but it has been cancelled, I would love to see her and her band here in Cyprus and Paphos of course. I can find out what their charge would be but not sure we could cover it, I will ask.

Motis would be great. Love her and the band.

Big Band is great my kinda music; also love Jazz in the garden in summer.

I'm stuck in UK but loved the big band concert a few years ago in Tala.

More blues please. Zilla Project and the bands that play Ravens Limassol.

Pop, Rock, Soul, Motown

Somewhere to have a bite to eat and then dance the night away to. 60’s - present music.

Brilliant idea. Necessarily with live band though. I would even come from Limassol for this.

Soul/Motown.

Soul and blues. Doo-wop if possible.

Have you heard Jeff Leyton? Look on his Facebook page.

Space for original music, a singer songwriter showcase, with strong emphasis on original material.

It was great when the White Piano Bar was open.

Yes White Piano Bar.

Just get local bands working again, they provide a great source of entertainment.

Local artists to go back to work.

Dear PML Members and Volunteers

Presidents Report 17 April 2020

I hope you are surviving and maybe even enjoying the lockdown. This can be a time to relax, read and reflect on life; a time to perhaps take a break from our usual hectic lifestyle.

Although the live music venues are of course closed, there is still plenty of superb music to be enjoyed online. I post music videos every day on Facebook and our website as well as weekly in our newsletter. The response has been very encouraging.

With the help of 100 respondents, the Board and others, I have completed the report on our recent survey: The Future of Music in Paphos. It can be viewed in full on the Cultural Association page of our website. It is also attached. I urge everyone to read the report and I welcome all comments please.

Secretary Geoff has been persuing our goal to register as an Association and despite the delays and setbacks, is determined to succeed, eventually!

Treasurer Lynn has been checking the accounts and we are in a healthy position.

Cash: €359.94, Bank: €3071.16, Total: €3,431.10.

Includes: €70.48 loan to be reimbursed, €1,148.95 from Angels support, €500 from private sponsors. Balance: €1,711.67.

I wish you a wonderful Orthodox Easter weekend and look forward to hearing your isolation stories and hopes for the future of music in Paphos.

Take care, stay safe Andrew

COFFEE TIME CLASSICS - FUSIONIA STRING QUARTET

Sunday 8 March 3pm, Annabelle Hotel Paphos

Guest numbers: 34 payers plus 15 comps: 6 volunteers, 2 sponsors, 7 with quartet.

Review: Fusionia Quartet really impressed with a fabulous programme, precise intonation and super sensitive interpretation at the Annabelle Hotel. With huge thanks to Marios Ioannou, Savvas Lagou (violin), Sorin Alexandru Horlea (violia) and Robert Grod (cello). Gerda, Julian and all at the hotel provided first class hospitality and Paphos Music Lovers volunteers Keith McEwen, Marian McEwen, Suzanne Cousins, Ute Georgiades and Maureen Finch held it all together and of course the dear Paphos audience was just superb, thanks guys!

MINUTES of the PML Meeting, Thursday 27 February, Annabelle Hotel Paphos

Present: Andrew Oliver, Maureen Finch, Linda Maidment, June Megennis, Charles Haddad, Dan Merson, Marian McEwen, Keith McEwen, Peter Williams, Geoff Greavey, Marion Campey, Catherine Fleming, Patrick Kirk.

Apologies: Suzanne Cousins, Keith Cousins, Anthea Garrod, Arnt Otto Østlie, Maggie Wright, Jill Ward, Doris Willis, Connie Dong, Allen Robson, Ute Georgiades, Derek Towner, Lynn Greirson, Anne Lockwood, Russell Thompson, Geoff Cosson, Karolina Boron, Anna Glinkina, Alf Oldman, Barbara Stevens, Tracey Baily, Monica Williams, Gerard Thieu, Marion Lewis, Fiona Greavey, Catherine Fleming.

Board: We currently have vacancies for a few new Board Members.

Members: We have room for 2 more Members.

Arts Administrator: Dan Merson left the role due to a lack of PML funds to pay him but he generously continues to contribute enormously as a Volunteer.

Volunteers: We now have 64 Members, volunteers and helpers. We thank everyone helps in ways large and small.

Association: Secretary Geoff Greavey reports that our application is now lodged with the Ministry for the Interior.

Online Tickets: We have resumed online ticket sales.

Finance: Patrick offered to seek more sponsors. June suggested special events.

Publicity: We are active in all areas and expanding in Instagram, Twitter and radio. Marion suggested permanent adverts around town directing tourists to our website.

Past events: Since our last meeting in November we have presented four events that are listed on the Cultural Association page on our website. It was generally felt that symphony concerts and cinema ballet/opera were well supported, jazz was pretty good and chamber music attendance was currently very low.

Survey: We agreed that we had no unanswered questions that would warrant a survey.

Ticket outlets: Derek sourced the outlets and Ute and her team are servicing them.

Team members for forthcoming events were recruited:

Friday 28 February 8.30pm, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Markideion Municipal Theatre Paphos. Leaflet distributors: Dan, Keith.

Sunday 8 March 3pm, COFFEE TIME CLASSICS with Fusionia String Quartet performing Mozart, Webern and the Cypriot Suite, Annabelle Hotel. Booker: Andrew, Organiser: Keith, Ticket Distributor: Ute, Cashier: Marian, M&G: Maureen, Usher: Suzanne.

Tuesday 17 March 8pm, HOMAGE TO BACH, Galina Dimova, Romeo Smilkov & Nicola Georgiev (piano) at Technopolis 20 Paphos. Booker: Galina/Andrew, Cashier: Linda, M&G: Maureen.

Sunday 22 March 3pm, THE FUN OF BACH student concert, Technopolis 20 Paphos, Booker: Tatiana Stupak/David Pentecost/Andrew, Cashier: Linda, M&G: Maureen.

Sunday 10 May 3pm, COFFEE TIME JAZZ, JAZZOLOGIA CYPRUS BIG BAND feat. Yiorgos Kalopaidis, Annabelle Hotel. Booker: Andrew, Organiser: Keith, Ticket Distributor: Ute, Cashier: Marian, M&G: Maureen, Usher: Patrick.

THE DIMITRIS MIARIS TRIO, Tuesday 18 February 8.30pm, Mare Mare Restaurant Paphos

Guest numbers: 39

Review: The Dimitris Miaris Trio are three very professional and accomplished musicians. Last night at Mare Mare Cafe Bar Restaurant Paphos, each showed their individual skills with the pianist Dimitris bouncing his keyboard so much it had to be supported back onto its frame during his performance. With thanks to Dimitris Miaris, Greg Makamian, Marios Spyrou, Magic from Sunset Sound, all at Mare Mare, Paphos Music Volunteers Daniel Merson, Keith McEwen, Marian McEwen and the wonderful Paphos audience.

IOANNIS VAFEAS TRIO feat. VASILIS XENOPOULOS, Friday 3 January 8.30pm Mare Mare Restaurant Paphos

Guest numbers: 44, approximately 20 diners

Review: Vasilis Xenopoulos brought the house down at Mare Mare last night and the Ioannis Vafeas Trio was even better than last time around. The restaurant was done up for Xmas and looked amazing for the stunned, mesmerised audience. Massive thanks to the audience, venue and musicians plus the Paphos Music Lovers volunteers Dan Merson, Lynn Greirson, Derek Towner and Keith McEwen. The poster was designed by Aegli Vafea.

 

CHRISTMAS CONCERT Ivelina Ruseva (piano) & Tina Chester (soprano) Monday 9 December 7.30pm Technopolis 20 Paphos

Guest numbers: 41

Review: An enthusiastic audience sung along with Tina Chester’s superb selection of Christmas songs at the conclusion of a lovely concert of classic piano favourites performed by Ivelina Ruseva. Fun was had with a fundraising art auction and raffle and the delightful evening was completed with delicious mince pies and mulled wine. Thanks to the musicians, the lovely Technopolis 20 family and Paphos Music Lovers volunteers Maureen Finch, Linda Maidment, Marian McEwen and Keith McEwen and generous sponsors Blevins Franks.

The Chet Baker Project, Wednesday 4 December 8.30pm, Mare Mare Paphos

Guest numbers: 52. 32 diners, 20 drinkers

Review: Cool jazz, hot pizza, chilled beer, warm crowd, full house for The Chet Baker Project at Mare Mare Paphos. With thanks to Katherine Petrou (vocals), Elias Ioannou (trumpet), George Bizios (guitar) and Ioannis Karseras (double bass), sound engineer Ian Cole and assistant Tony, plus the wonderful Mare Mare staff and Paphos Music Lovers volunteers Dan Merson and Maureen Finch and the very very cool Paphos audience.

MINUTES OF THE PAPHOS MUSIC LOVERS OPEN MEETING

Thursday 14 November 4pm, Mare Mare Restaurant Paphos

Attending: Allen Robson, Andrew Oliver, Derek Towner, Fiona Greavey, Russell Thompson Dredge, Christiane Liedtke, Dan Merson, Karolina Boron, Linda Maidment, Geoff Greavey, Lynn Greirson, Anna Glinkina, Keith McEwen, Peter Williams, Monica Williams, Marion Campey, David Locke. 17

Apologies: Andrew Hogbin, Charles Haddad, Jill Ward, June Megennis, Maureen Finch, Ute Georgiades, Marion Lewis, Anthea Garrod, Marylin Oldman, Alf Oldman, Kevin McAnallen, Tony Crow, Angela Crow, Ali Sale, Richard Sale, Maggie Wright, Suzanne Cousins, Keith Cousins, Fiona Patton, Marian McEwen, Markella Neocleous, Dorothy Westwood, Barbara Stevens, Bernard Fleming, Catherine Fleming, Anastasia Maximova, Gerard Thieu. 27

President’s Report: Welcome to Mare Mare, our new home for jazz. Firstly, I would like to apologies that we have not held a meeting for the last six months. This was due to my poor health but I am pleased to report I am now back to full strength. We have had a busy period. Since its formation in September 2018, Paphos Music Lovers Cultural Association has provided free publicity to over 300 local concerts and organised 45 of our own concerts. With over 50 Volunteers, a Board of 8 and over 7,000 supporters, PML aims to improve the cultural life of Paphos through audience development. And it’s working. We now find much larger audiences for the Symphony Orchestra, other concerts at the theatre, plus opera and ballet at the cinema. While jazz audiences vary in size, chamber music can be a challenge and we persevere. Since our last meeting, over 2,000 supporters and 12 volunteers have joined us and three Members have joined the Board. Ten Volunteers have left and two Board Members have resigned. Clearly, PML is not for everyone! Almost all of our concerts have been artistic successes and we have just about broken even financially in our first year as a non-profit. Right now, our funds are low and we have to be careful to organise concerts that are either free of cost or supported by sponsorship. Although 40% of our funding over the last year has come from sponsorship and donations, we have not organised a fundraising concert since May, so we will be looking to re-start such events and introduce other fundraising ideas. As always, I thank all that have helped us in ways large and small.

Secretary’s Report: Minutes of recent Board meetings are available upon request. All the papers are now lodged with the lawyer and we expect to become fully registered as an Association within the next three months. This means we can hold an AGM in the early part of 2020. Our application is for a brand-new Association and is a different procedure to P3A and others who are simply renewing or upgrading their status due to changes in the law.

Treasurer’s Report: We have sufficient funds to cover the next few concerts but not beyond the end of the year. There are issues with PayPal that are being addressed by Tony. We will look at becoming a Visa/JCC Merchant to see if that system is any better. Peter has unlocked the spreadsheet which will allow the flexibility to improve our financial reporting.

Roles to be Assigned:

Wednesday 4 December 8.30pm, TWO FOR THE ROAD: The Chet Baker Project, Mare Mare Restaurant Paphos. Booker/Organiser: Dan, Cashier: Andrew, M&G: ?, Poster: Daniel. We require one M&G please.

Monday 9 December 7.30pm, Technopolis 20. Christmas Concert. Ivelina Ruseva and Tina Chester. Booker: Andrew O, Organiser: Dan, Cashier: Marian McEwen, M&G: Keith McEwen, Raffle ticket seller: ? Catering: Linda/Marian, Poster: Teddy/Anna. We require one Raffle Ticket Seller please.

Next Year:

Friday 3 January 8.30pm, Vasilis Xenopoulos with the Ioannis Vafeas Trio, Mare Mare, Booker/Organiser: Dan, Cashier: Lynn, M&G: Derek, Poster: Dan. All roles filled thanks.

Wednesday 5 February, Derek and Keith are planning Party at the Palace, an event to raise funds for PML. Dan is seeking sponsorship and we hope you will all support this event by spreading the word and coming along with your friends or making up tables with other PML volunteers. We are aiming for 200 party goers. Bookers/Organisers: Derek and Keith. If you know any business owners personally, please feel free to ask them if they would like to make a financial contribution to help cover our costs and in return we will place their logo on our publicity that reaches up to 100,000 impressions. In other words, most of the 35,000 residents of Paphos will see their message at least three times. We require sponsors please.

Friday 20 March 3pm, Bach Birthday Concert, Technopolis 20. Proposed student and teacher recital with cake. Booker: ?, Organiser: ?, Cashier: Lynn, M&G: ? Cake maker: ?, Poster: ? We require a Sponsor, Booker, Organiser, M&G, Cake maker and Poster designer please.

Publicity:

Our online reach is very good with over 900 subscribers to our Newsletter, 1,500 website hits per week, 7,000 Facebook followers and over 100 influential Twitter followers. Offline reach includes the Russian language newspaper (8,000 copies), Paphos Post (50,000 readers) and Cyprus In Style (6,000 copies), plus many fliers and posters. We aim to do more with media sponsors, radio, TV, press, fliers and posters.

Fundraising:

Commercial sponsors, government sponsors and private donors are all being sought and all are encouraged to ask friends and colleagues to get involved in supporting our work. We are developing strategies for donations linked to ticket sales, plus subscription schemes and membership fees. We are also planning some special fundraising events.

Roles to be Assigned: Organisers required for the following events please. Music quiz

House concert/soiree

Garden concert/soiree

Opera Gala

Choirs Gala

Students and Teachers concert

Sponsored walk, ride etc

Musicathon – continuous all-day free concert in a venue with high footfall

Any Other Business:

Paphos Mayor is trying to get a Cultural Association established which could be of great benefit to us if they can appoint a professional manager to run their venues.

Next Meeting:

We will hold an AGM next year, once we have gained Association status. Thursday at 4pm seemed to be the most popular day and time but all ideas for suitable times and venues are welcome.

JAZZ CONCERT - EEF VAN BREEN MEETS THE IOANNIS VAFEAS TRIO

Wednesday 6 November 9pm Mare Mare Restaurant Paphos

Guest numbers: 75

Review: Eef Van Breen with Ioannis Vafeas on drums, Christos Yerolatsitis on piano and Michael Messios on bass performed two amazing sets of uplifting jazz to a full house at Mare Mare, with trumpet, flugelhorn, great vocals and the best scat I have ever heard! With thanks to the band, the venue, organiser Daniel Merson, Paphos Music Lovers volunteers Lynn Grierson, Derek Towner and Marion Lewis and the super Paphos audience. Aegli Vafea designed the poster.

Five great events in October to conclude our first World Music Festival

WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL REPORT - October 2019

Sunday 6 October 6.30pm, RUMBA ATTACK, Latin trio, La Scala De Paphos.

Review: Excellent concert, fantastic musicians, Rumba Attack produced a virtuoso performance of originals and covers with influences from East and West, South America and Greece, flamenco, Gypsy Kings and even a little Bach. With thanks to the band and the venue, Claudio Sagbini, Polis Charalambous and family, organiser Dan Merson, Paphos Music Lovers volunteers Jill Dare and Lynn Grierson, poster designer Anita Tomasevich and the best Paphos audience.

Friday 18 October 7.30pm, TWO PIANOS – THE BRIDGE BETWEEN TWO CULTURES, Manolis Neophytou & Canan Kocaay Camurtas (piano), Greek and Turkish composers and Liszt, La Scala De Paphos. 

Review: Piano duettists Manolis Neophytou from Cyprus and Canan Kocaay Camurtas from Turkey delivered up a sparkling performance of piano lollipops at La Scala de Paphos last night with their concert, Bridge of Two Cultures. The concert, which featured works by Shostakovich (waltz No 2), Rachmaninoff (Suite No 2), Fazil Say (including his wonderful jazz arrangement of Mozart's Rondo alla Turca) as well as favourites by Spanoudaki, Reboutsika and Theodorakis, rounded off with an electric rendition of Astor PIazolla's Libertango. This unique duo, which has its origins when both were studying at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire, displayed astounding virtuosity and musical sensitivity. We hope to invite them back to Paphos very soon. Thanks to Polis Charalambous and family, Dan Merson and volunteers Marian McEwen and Maureen, poster designer Teddy and the super audience.

Sunday 20 October 6.30pm, SUNG TO PERFECTION - Katie Economidou (mezzo soprano), Avra Siati (soprano) & Marios Ioannou (piano), arias, lieder, Neapolitan and Greek songs, La Scala De Paphos.

Review: Katie and Avra accompanied by Marios on piano delivered the songs with great zest and joy. Avra’s voice was superb - a great rich operatic soprano which filled the room and thrilled our hearts. Katie, I believe is a student of Avra’s. Nothing like being so close and intimate with the sung notes - yes sung to perfection! The songs ranged from Ave Maria, well known arias, Neapolitan finishing off with five songs by the great Greek composers Theodrakis and Hadjidakis. Thanks to Polis Charalambous and family, Dan Merson and volunteers Marian McEwen and Marion Campey, poster designer Tina Chester and the super audience.

Tuesday 22 October 7.30pm – STAVROULA THOMA PIANO RECITAL, works by: Nicola Economou, Manos Hatzidakis and Theodorakis Sonatina. Technopolis 20. 

Review: Cypriot piano sensation Stavroula Thoma delivered a stunningly exciting and virtuosic recital of various works by Nicolas Economou, Bartok, Hadzidakis and Theodorakis last night at Technopolis 20 Paphos. The performance elicited thunderous applause from the audience and it is our sincere hope that Stavroula plays again for us on her next return visit to Cyprus. Special thanks to all at Technopolis 20, Organiser Dan Merson, Paphos Music Lovers volunteers Lynn Greirson and Maureen Finch and the dear Paphos audience. The posters was designed by Fiona Greavey.

Wednesday 30 October 7pm – GADJO DILO film screening, in French and Romanian with English subtitles, Technopolis 20 Studio. 

Review: Gadjo Dilo (Crazy Stranger) closed our World Music Festival last night at Technopolis 20 with a laugh-out-loud insight into the lives of Romanian Gypsies which is sad, funny and full of uplifting, energising music and dance that is a joy to experience. Many thanks to organisers Dan Merson and Karolina Boron, Paphos Music Lovers Volunteers Lynn Grierson and Maureen Finch, all at the amazing Technopolis 20, poster designer Anita Tomasevich and our dear Paphos audience.

Five super events to honour musical diversity in September

WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL REPORT - September 2019

Wednesday 4 September 8pm, SOUNDS OF CYPRUS ‘Ήχοι της Κύπρου’ – GEORGIA KOMBOU with Antigoni Kyriakidou: bouzouki, accordion & mandolin instrumental programme. Technopolis 20 Garden. 

This was truly a fantastic start to our Festival. Many thanks to Georgia Kombou, Antigone Kyriakidou, all at Technopolis 20 and the Paphos Music Lovers volunteers: Lynn Grierson, Maggie Wright, Linda Maidment and Steen Elverdal, poster designer Tina Chester and organisers Marion Campey and Daniel Merson.

Thursday 5 September 8pm, GADJO DILO - film screening, in French and Romanian with English subtitles, Technopolis 20 Garden. 

Gadjo Dilo (Crazy Stranger) is a laugh-out-loud insight into the lives of Romanian Gypsies which is sad, funny and full of uplifting, energising music and dance that is a joy to experience. Many thanks to Paphos Music Lovers Volunteers Karolina Boron, Dan Merson, Lynn Grierson, Steen Elverdal, Maureen Finch and Derek Towner plus all at the amazing Technopolis 20 and poster designer Anita Tomasevich.

Tuesday 17 September 8.30pm, OTHON FROM OZ SINGS OPERA, Othon Charalambous (tenor) with Galina Dimova (piano) and special guest Tina Chester (soprano), La Scala De Paphos. 

Othon Charalambous, Galina Dimova and Tina Chester performed a fabulous concert at the lovely La Scala De Paphos, thanks to Polis Charalambous and his family and Daniel Merson, plus volunteers Derek Towner, Lynn Grierson, Linda Maidment and Jill Dare. The poster was designed by Fiona Greavy. Full house. Fantastic night. 

Thursday 26 September 8pm, SOUND TRADITION - English Folk Songs (unaccompanied voices), four piece a Capella folk group from UK, Let Them Eat Cake Paphos.

Excellent, authentic English folk songs were sung in the wonderful garden of Let Them Eat Cake by the super talented Sound Tradition. Thanks to organisers Marion Campey, Daniel Merson, technician Maciej Kielak and volunteers Lynn Grierson Keith Cousins, Suzanne Cousins and Geoff Cosson. Poster design by Friona. A magical night, thanks to all!

Friday 27 September 8pm, COOPER SINGS KABARETT, Brad Cooper (tenor) & Galina Dimova (piano), Technopolis 20. 

We enjoyed a first-class performance from Brad Cooper and Galina Dimova Georgieva with a full house at Technopolis 20. Thanks to the performers and venue plus organisers Andrew Hogbin and Daniel Merson and volunteers Lynn Grierson and Maureen Finch.

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

World Music Festival – we are nearly ready to launch our exciting new festival. Details here: https://www.paphosmusiclovers.com/437499582. I have been so fortunate to work with such a positive, can-do group of volunteers. Putting this together has truly been a joy. World-class musicians are flying in from Australia, Russia, Switzerland and the UK, as well as top international talent coming from all over Cyprus. We need some help with catering (for the opening party 5 September) and we need a Volunteer with a couple of spare rooms or a property to host some English folk singers for 25 - 28 September please. Let me know if you can help.

Online Tickets – After a break in service, this vital facility is back thanks to the perseverance of Mick Page, Tony Crow and Lynn Greirson.

Board – We are now up to full strength and welcome Russell Thomson Dredge, Catherine Fleming, Alf Oldman and Peter Williams who join Geoff Greavey, Lynn Greirson, Derek Towner and myself.

President – I am recovering well from my surgery and I am pleased to say I now seem to be cancer-free, though somewhat weak and tired. The level of support and love I have enjoyed has been humbling and I thank you all. I intend to continue as President to chair meetings and as Artistic Director to ensure we stick to the Mission. However, I am standing down as Booker and Organiser after the next festival.

Arts Administrator – The bulk of my former duties will now be carried out by a new paid, part-time professional Arts Administrator. After sifting through nineteen applications and compiling a short-list of five, three individuals emerged as the front runners and were voted on by the Board. All three have outstanding qualities, skills and motivation but we can only afford to engage one person and we have chosen Dan Merson. He will take over immediately and work with the Board and Volunteers to ensure a smooth hand-over and a bright future for PML. I trust you will offer Dan all the support and love you have always shown me.

Treasurer – as you may know, our wonderful founding Treasurer Lynn is standing down soon and we urgently need to find a new Volunteer or Member to take her place. This involves running a dedicated bank account, recording about 250 transactions per year and producing simple monthly reports. We cannot operate without a Treasurer on the Board, so please let me know if you can take this on or if you know someone outside our group who might want to get involved.

Magazine – It’s been 18 months in development and now Cyprus In Style magazine, including concert listings supplied by PML, is about to launch! See more at: www.cyprusinstyle.com. PML has also recently become the main listings supplier to the Paphos Post, greatly increasing our exposure in print and supplementing our extensive online presence.

I wish you a continued happy summer!

Andrew Oliver - President: Paphos Music Lovers Cultural Association

Six sensation Summer Sounds Concerts June 2019

Dear Members and Volunteers

Summer Sounds - President's Report 1/7/19

I am still away off island for seven more weeks and would like to thank Derek, Lynn and Geoff on the Board and all the Members and Volunteers for keeping our dream going and growing! We take a two-month break in the concert schedule now and will return at the start of September with the World Music Festival, to be launched in early August. See you then!

In the meantime, here is a short report on the Summer Sounds series.

Six super shows comprised our Summer Sounds Series to round off our stunning first season.

Friday 7 June 7pm: Kaela Santosh (voice) and Costas (sax) played a great pop set at Palia iLektriki Restaurant, organised by and in aid of Paphos Kidney Association with 81 guests and a welcome contribution to the charities’ funds. PML had no financial involvement and simply assisted this worthy cause.

Saturday 15 June 8pm: Blues legends The Zilla Project and new band The Cover Up ft. Celia Stavri got the crowd of 200 on their feet at Tala Amphitheatre, organised by Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club, in aid of Margarita Liasidou Foundation with almost €4,000 raised. PML was delighted to assist, with no financial involvement.

Friday 21 June 8pm: The Ian G Trio played some fantastic jazz and Blues at new venue to us, the Kissonerga Amphitheatre, with 65 guests, revenue of €253.48 from exit donations, €300 costs and a €46.52 deficit.

Saturday 22 June 7pm: Paphos Big Band & DJ Moses did a great job playing all the favourite film themes at Darcy’s Pegeia with 103 guests which was not enough to cover costs, so we had a €950 deficit, whilst the Kidney Association raffle raised €400.

Friday 28 June 8pm: Zara Jealous (flute), Tina Chester (soprano), Ivelina Rousseva (piano) and Gurhan Nuray (cello), performed a superb classical recital at La Scala De Paphos with 27 guests, €324 revenue, €610 costs and a deficit of €286.

Saturday 29 June 7pm: The Papageorgio String Quartet performed a superb set of film classics after a delicious meal at the lovely Palia iLektriki Restaurant with 54 guests, the CPSG raffle raised €270 and, due to a private donation to cover the cost of the artistes, a surplus of €510.

TOTAL FOR SERIES: 530 guests, €773 deficit.

In conclusion, I would say everyone agrees Summer Sounds was an artistic success with we experienced some challenges to do with planning, management, marketing, communication, audience generation, pricing, costs and revenue. Our aim is to break-even on each concert but with some events this has not been possible and this is why we will need to work harder to generate revenue from other sources, such as private donations, commercial sponsorship and government funding. No doubt we will continue to address all of these matters in the coming months.

Here below is the full list of our first 35 events in the eight-month season November - June. This is an astonishing achievement for the first ten months of a brand-new non-profit I’d say - well done everyone! We turned over a total of just under €22,500, made up of about €13,700 in ticket revenue, €4,500 in donations, €3,750 in sponsorship and €500 in membership fees, leaving a surplus of just over €3,000 to underwrite our next concert series starting in September.

PAPHOS MUSIC LOVERS CULTURAL ASSOCIATION FIRST SEASON 2018/19

2018

Winter Music Festival

Tuesday 13 November 8pm, Sorin Alexandru Horlea (violin, viola) and Savvas Lagou (violin), Technopolis 20.

Tuesday 20 November 6pm, Paul Timmins (orgain), Ayias Kyriaki Church.

Thursday 29 November 8pm, Natalia Lezedova (piano) and Anastasia Maximova (mezzo soprano), School of Music Arts.

Wednesday 12 December 6pm, Andreas Constantinou (violin), Natalia Lezedova, Andrew Hogbin and Maxim Kindyakov (piano), Tina Chester and Anna Senkova (soprano), Blue Jar (jazz duo), Coral Bay Dancers and Harmony Choir, Cultural Centre of Pegeia.

Thursday 13 December 8pm, George Georgiou (clarinet), Gergana Georgieva (piano), Technopolis 20.

Monday 17 December 3pm, Tina Chester (soprano) and Ivelina Rouseva (piano), Technopolis 20.

6 events

2019

NewYear/FreshJazz

Friday 4 January 8pm, Carmen Ghian (voice) and Polis Charalambous (piano, guitar), Cultural Centre of Pegeia.

Tuesday 8 January 8pm, George Bizios (electric guitar), Andreas Rodosthenous (bass) and Stelios Xydias (drums), Cultural Centre of Pegeia.

Sunday 13 January 6pm, Vanessa Megalemou (voice) and Andreas Michalopoulos (piano), Darcy’s Pegeia.

Sunday 20 January 6pm, The Power Of The Jazz Trio, Cultural Centre of Pegeia.

Wednesday 30 January 7pm, Blue Jar (jazz duo), Anavargos Tavern.

Sunday 10 February 6pm, Trio Frisson, Cultural Centre of Pegeia.

Sunday 17 February 6pm, Christina Doxa (vocals) Alexis Kasinos (guitar) and Kostas Challoumas (bass), Darcy’s Pegeia.

Tuesday 19 February 8pm, Antreas Yerolatsitis (guitar) and Christos Yerolatsitis (Wurlitzer piano), Ananas 8bit Coffee.

Friday 1 March 7.30pm, Paphos Big Band, Ian G Trio & DJ Moses, Pentaras Hall.

9 events

Bach Birthday Festival

Monday 4 March 6pm, Paul Timmins (organ), Agia Kyriaki Church.

Tuesday 5 March 8pm, Klaus Storm (oboe / oboe d‘amore) and Lukas Maschke (piano), La Scala De Paphos.

Thursday 14 March 6pm, Anna Kulikova (harp), Carpe Diem Lounge.

Saturday 16 March 8pm, Virginie Bove (flute), Constantin Papageorgio, George Georgiou (violin), Estelle Sossa (viola), Miranda Papaneocleous (cello), Nicos Ioannou (double bass), Galina Dimova (harpsichord), La Scala De Paphos.

Sunday 17 March 5pm, Student Concert, Music Studio Aspa Vassiliou.

Thursday 21 March 1pm, Bach birthday lunch with Master Chef George Halkides and speaker Andrew Oliver, Monkfish Restaurant Kissonerga.

Thursday 21 March 5pm, 65 Cushions Exhibition by Christiane Liedtke, Technopolis 20.

Sunday 24 March 7.30pm, Paphos Aphrodite Guitar Quartet - Polis Charalambous, Dimitris Charalambous, Thrasos Thrasivoulos and Dimitris Efstathiou (guitar), La Scala De Paphos, organised by Polis Charalambous.

Tuesday 26 March 7.30pm, Andreas Constantinou, Yiotalina Sofocleous (violin) and Natalia Lezedova (piano), Technopolis 20.

Sunday 31 March 7.30pm, The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach, film screening and Festival after party, Ananas 8Bit Coffee.

10 events

Spring Music Festival

Sunday 21 April 6pm, Polis Charalambous (guitar), Coral Star Pegeia.

Monday 29 April 7.30pm, Tina Chester (soprano), Klaus Storm (oboe) and Natalia Lezedova (piano), Music Studio Aspa Vassiliou.

Thursday 2 May 7.30pm, Vanessa Megalemou (voice), Andreas Michalopoulos (piano) and The Ergo Sum Vocal Ensemble, La Scala De Paphos.

Saturday 11 May 1pm, Droushia Dixie Seven and DJ Moses, Darcy’s Pegeia.

4 events

Summer Sounds

Friday 7 June 7pm, Kaela Santosh (voice) & Costas (sax), Palia iLektriki Restaurant, organised by and in aid of Paphos Kidney Association.

Saturday 15 June 8pm, The Zilla Project and The Cover Up ft. Celia Stavri, Tala Amphitheatre, organised by Paphos Aphrodite Rotary Club, in aid of the Margarita Liasidou Foundation.

Friday 21 June 8pm, Ian G Trio, Kissonerga Amphitheatre.

Saturday 22 June 7pm, Paphos Big Band and DJ Moses, Darcy’s Pegeia.

Friday 28 June 8pm, Zara Jealous (flute), Tina Chester (soprano), Ivelina Rousseva (piano) and Gurhan Nuray (cello), La Scala De Paphos.

Saturday 29 June 7pm, Papageorgio String Quartet, Palia iLektriki Restaurant.

6 events

TOTAL: 35 events 

Happy Holidays!

Andrew Oliver

President, Paphos Music Lovers Cultural Association

Minutes of PML Open Meeting at Palia ILektriki

Monday 13th May 2019 at 5pm

Attendees: Board - Derek Towner (VP & Chair): Lynn Grierson (Treasurer) Members - Alf and Marilyn Oldman Volunteers - Linda Maidment : Jill Ward: Tina Chester: Maggie Wright: Anthea Garrod: Ute Georgiades: Maureen Finch Supporters: Jenny & Bill Barras: Apologies - Andrew Oliver (President): Geoff Greavey (Secretary): Marion Lewis (Volunteer)

Derek used the President's Spring Report (which was excellent and everyone had had the chance to read in advance) as the basis for the meeting and quickly read out the recent events to which there were no significant comments.

Derek then read each upcoming event and invited further volunteers to fill in the gaps which were partially filled as follows: Fri 7th June - M&G - none forthcoming Sat 15th June - M&G - Maggie Anthea & Lynn - none more Fri 21st June - Cashier - Lynn : M&G - Ute and now Maureen Finch also Fri 28th June - Organiser - Derek: M&G - Jill and now Maureen Finch also Derek then went on to the Bookmark distribution volunteers: Lynn agreed to take bookmarks to Technopolis for all their events and ask them to hand out. Anyone attending any Technopolis events was requested to assist as required please.

Specific Events where someone would be attending Thur 23rd May - Tina Sun 26th May - Ute Sun 9th June - Allen (by email) Thurs 13th June - Tina Fri 14th June (CSO) - Ute Fri 14th June (Harmony Choir) - Maggie Sat 15th June - Allen (by email)

Treasurers Report: Lynn read out the spend categories and amounts spent to date off the current Excel (XL) report and summarised by saying: “We have €5049.28 in the bank plus a further €151.50 in cash totalling €5200.78. Our Forward Liabilities up to 29th June 2019 are €4350.00 excl expenses (this is simply our committed costs to venues and artists with no account of projected income from bookings)” A short discussion then ensued before Derek thanked Lynn for all her hard work.

Any Other Business: Derek thanked everyone for coming to the meeting and to everyone involved with PML whether present or not for their help and support to date. He also thanked Andrew for all his efforts without which PML would clearly not exist. The meeting then opened for AOB and there was some healthy discussion on many aspects - in summary as follows

• It was suggested we would benefit from a check list to determine Venue suitability - Jenny kindly offered to make a start

• Derek requested that everyone explore possible sites/venues that would allow more of our posters to be put up so we could extend our coverage of the number of outlets. Any found please notify Keith (keith.mcewen@sky.com) asap as there are some spare posters for 22nd June and 29th June available to put up

• Lynn requested help with XL and Linda M offered which was accepted. Alf also said he was available if required to give advice.

• Lynn then said we will need an auditor to audit the accounts. Alf replied that although he was qualified he did not think it appropriate that he get involved being part of the organisation.

• Derek proposed we need to seek out more Volunteers as it appeared that several existing ones were no longer active.

• Derek also explained that in accordance with the Constitution there would be an AGM in due course at which everyone is entitled to attend but only Members are entitled to vote - NB: We currently already have the minimum number of members required by the constitution, although anyone who really wants to could also become a Member if they so wish.

• Simons resignation from the board was mentioned and Derek said we will need to co-opt a replacement to the board which would be addressed at our next Board meeting.

• Feedback from "Have your Say" was mentioned and Derek said there were no formal minutes as yet but it would again be discussed at the next board meeting

• The subject of the need for Greater Financial Controls was raised in the meeting but discussed further separately outside the meeting - see note below endorsed by Alf

• On the question of sponsorship Derek requested anyone with any Proposals for potential sponsors please email him to ensure PMLs efforts were fully coordinated.

• Maggie reported she had made enquiries re the PML flag/banner and was hoping to hear something soon.

• The subject of proof reading was also raised and Maggie and Anthea kindly volunteered to proof-read in future.

Derek then thanked everyone again for their constructive comments and suggestions The meeting closed at 5.30pm and a few stayed on for a meal Post Meeting

Note: The subject of Financial Control was raised during the meeting and discussion continued separately after the meeting with Alf - it was felt that we need greater controls particularly with regard to future projections - this also came up in "Have your Say" and will be discussed further at the next Board meeting together with getting Board approval before committing to large costs/potential losses of future concerts. It was also suggested that perhaps to assist this process, Bookers fill in a standard form (to be developed) in order to decide if board approval would be needed and to assist in producing future projections. Alf has subsequently confirmed his endorsement to the above as a true record of the discussion.

 

The Spring Music Festival April & May 2019

The President’s Spring Report – 12/5/19

Dear Members and Volunteers I am away for three months from Wednesday, so I leave you with a little report on our recent activities and future plans, wish you a great summer and leave you in the very capable hands of Vice President Derek and the Board, Bookers and Organisers. Enjoy! Please contact: DEREK TOWNER, Email: derekincyprus@gmail.com. Tel: 99078018.

SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL REPORT

Excellent music and excellent volunteers, thanks to all!

Sunday 21 April 6pm, GUITAR UNLIMITED with Polis Charalambous, Coral Star Pegeia Paphos. 72 guests, €846 income, €372 surplus.

Monday 29 April 7.30pm, SOPRANO, OBOE & PIANO CONCERT, Tina Chester (soprano), Klaus Storm (oboe), Natalia Lezedova (piano), Music Studio Aspa Vassiliou Paphos. 17 guests, €236 income, €343 deficit.

Thursday 2 May 7.30pm, SOIREE EDITH PIAF, Vanessa Megalemou (voice), Andreas Michalopoulos (piano) & The Ergo Sum Vocal Ensemble, La Scala De Paphos. 30 guests, €316.86 income, €62 deficit.

Friday 3 May 7.30pm, GALA CONCERT to support PAPHOS MUSIC LOVERS, Classical – Jazz – Opera, The Malitikov Amphitheatre Tala Paphos. 130 guests, €1040 income, €565 surplus.

Wednesday 8 May 8pm, ANITA TOMASEVICH PIANO RECITAL, Technopolis 20 Paphos. Cancelled due to ill health, €200 deficit.

Saturday 11 May 1pm, DIXIELAND AT DARCY’S with Droushia Dixie 7 and DJ Moses, Darcy’s Restaurant (outside) Pegeia Paphos. 142 guests, €1900 + €750 sponsorship income, €1875 surplus.

TOTAL GUESTS: 391. TOTAL SURPLUS: €2,205

SUMMER SOUNDS PLAN

Details here: https://www.paphosmusiclovers.com/440588502

Please volunteer for the vacant roles marked with a ? Email: derekincyprus@gmail.com. Tel: 99078018.

Friday 7 June 7.30pm, Palia ilektriki, Santosh & Sax, Charity dinner dance for the Paphos Kidney Association, with Kaela Santosh & Costas. Tickets: €18 including welcome drink and international. We no longer sell tickets online, no financial involvement. Booker: Graham Brown. Organisers: Kidney Association, M&G: ??

Saturday 15 June 8pm, Tala Amphitheatre, The Zilla Project, The Cover Up. Tickets: €15 with all proceeds to the Margarita Liasidou Foundation. We no longer sell tickets online, no financial involvement. Booker: George Kafizas, Organisers: Rotary Club. M&G: Maggie, Anthea, Lynn, + ???

Friday 21 June 8pm, IAN G TRIO, Kissonerga Amphitheatre Paphos. Free rent, 100 spaces, no bar, maybe cushions, power and lights OK, no council staff. Free Entrance, donations to support local arts projects welcome. Booker: Andrew O, Organiser: Tina, Cashier: ? M&G: Ute + ?

Saturday 22 June 7pm, Darcy’s, Paphos Big Band conducted by George Morfitis at 8.30pm, Tickets €25 inc. dinner. Fee: €2,250, band supply one singer, sound and light. No Rent. We just pay for the food. We no longer sell tickets online, Maybe a Raffle for the Kidney Association. Booker: Andrew O, Organisers: Keith, Marion. Cashier: Lynn, Gaynor, M&G: Anthea, Ute, Derek.

Friday 28 June 8pm, La Scala De Paphos, Summer Sounds, Zara Jealous (flute), Tina Chester (soprano), Ivelina Ruseva (piano), Gurhan Nuray (cello). Rent: 80/20. Fees: Zara €150, Gurhan €200 (inc travel), Tina €100, Ivelina €100. We no longer sell tickets online, Booker: Tina, Organiser: ? Cashier: Lynn, M&G Jill +?

Saturday 29 June 7pm, Palia ilektriki Papageorgio String Quartet 8.30pm, Tickets: €22 Including international buffet. €1,000 sponsorship found. No Rent. Fee: €1,000, don’t need sound or lighting. Buffet: €12. Raffle for the Cancer Patients support Group. We no longer sell tickets online, Booker: Andrew O, Organisers: Marian, Keith. Cashier: Lynn, Gaynor, M&G: Maggie, Anthea, Derek.

BOOKMARK DISTRIBUTION

One Bookmark distributor wanted at each of these events please except the theate. where we need two please. Email: derekincyprus@gmail.com. Tel: 99078018.

Friday 17 May 8pm, CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT FOR FLUTE, Ria Georgiadou (flute) & Sven Birch (piano), Technopolis 20 Paphos. Tickets: €10. Box Office: Tel: 70002420 (calls only). D ?

Wednesday 22 May 8pm, BUTTERFLIES AND THE BIRDS OF PARADISE - Piano Recital, Mari Nakamura (piano), Technopolis 20 Paphos. Tickets: €10. Box Office: Tel: 70002420 (calls only). D ?

Thursday 23 May 8.30pm, MARIA Kalogeropoulou CALLAS - The Woman and the Artist, Markidion Municipal Theatre Paphos. Tickets: €15 / €10. Box Office: www.soldoutticketbox.com. Ticket Outlets: So Easy Kiosks, Stephanis Electronic Shops, Time Out Kiosk and on the day of the performances at the entrance on the theatre. Information: Tel: 22311277. D ?

Saturday 25 May 8pm, GIRO D’ ITALIA - Journey Through Italy, Anoki Von Arx (soprano), Stelios Georgiou (tenor) and Plotinos Micromatis (piano), Technopolis 20 Paphos. Tickets: €12. Box Office: Tel: 70002420 (calls only). D ?

Sunday 26 May 6pm, CLARINET RECITAL, George Georgiou (clarinet) and Gergana Georgieva (piano), Technopolis 20 Paphos. Tickets: €10. Box Office: Tel: 70002420 (calls only). D ?

Saturday 1 June 8.30pm, 19th INTERNATIONAL PHAROS CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL - Zoe Nicolaidou (soprano), Christel Lee (violin), David Abrahamyan, Lars Anders Tomter (viola), Alexander Chaushian (cello), Olga Zado (piano), Royal Manor House Kouklia Paphos. Tickets: €15 / €10 (Concessions, Pharos Arts Foundation Members). Information & Box Office: www.pharosartsfoundation.org. Tel: 22663871. (Mon - Fri 10am - 3pm). D ?

Sunday 2 June 8.30pm, GARDEN OPENING - Fusionia Quartet Under The Stars - Marios Ioannou, Savvas Lagou (violin), Sorin Horlea (viola), Jakub Otčenášek (cello), Technopolis 20 Garden Paphos. Tickets: €10. Box Office: Tel: 70002420 (calls only). D ?

Sunday 2 June 8.30pm, 19th INTERNATIONAL PHAROS CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL - Anna Tifu, Christel Lee, Doriane Gable (violin), Lars Anders Tomter, David Abrahamyan (viola), Alexander Chaushian (cello), Ashley Wass (piano), Royal Manor House Kouklia Paphos. Tickets: €15 / €10 (Concessions, Pharos Arts Foundation Members). Information & Box Office: www.pharosartsfoundation.org. Tel: 22663871 (Mon - Fri 10am - 3pm). D ?

Monday 3 June 8.30pm, 19th INTERNATIONAL PHAROS CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL - Zoe Nicolaidou (soprano), Christel Lee, Anna Tifu (violin), Alexander Chaushian (cello), Sergei Babayan, Olga Zado, Ashley Wass (piano), Royal Manor House Kouklia Paphos Tickets: €15 / €10 (Concessions, Pharos Arts Foundation Members) Information & Box Office: www.pharosartsfoundation.org. Tel: 22663871 (Mon - Fri 10am - 3pm). D ?

Tuesday 4 June 8.30pm, 19th INTERNATIONAL PHAROS CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL - Sergei Babayan (piano), Christel Lee, Doriane Gable (violin), Lars Anders Tomter (viola), Alexander Chaushian (cello), Royal Manor House Kouklia Paphos. Tickets: €15 / €10 (Concessions, Pharos Arts Foundation Members). Information & Box Office: www.pharosartsfoundation.org. Tel: 22663871 (Mon - Fri 10am - 3pm). D ?

Sunday 9 June 8.30pm, GARDEN OPENING - Ioannis Vafeas Trio feat. Dimitris Papadopoulos, Summer Jazz Music Concert Series, Technopolis 20 Garden Paphos. Tickets: €10. Box Office: Tel: 70002420 (calls only). D ?

Thursday 13 June 8pm, VIOLIN & PIANO RECITAL, Ernst Triner (violin), Fritz Walther (piano), La Scala de Paphos at the Paphos Academy of Fine Arts. Tickets: €10. Box Office: Tel: 99632346. D ?

Friday 14 June 8.30pm, GERMAN ROMANTICISM, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Soloist: Nils Mönkemeyer (viola), Conductor: Jens Georg Bachmann, Markideion Municipal Theatre Paphos. Tickets: €12, €7 (18-26 yrs, pensioners), €5 (under 18). Box Office: www.cyso.org.cy and at the theatre two hours before the concert. Information: Tel: 22463144. D ?

Friday 14 June 7pm, HARMONY CHOIR - LET'S GO TO THE MOVIES, Kamares Club Tala Paphos. Tickets: €20. Box Office: Maggie Wright - Tel: 99318477. D ?

 

MINUTES - Paphos Music Lovers Meeting

Monday 8 April 11am - Music Studio Aspa Vassiliou

Attended: Andrew Oliver, Andrew Hogbin, Mike Lavey, Maggie Wright, Jill Ward, Anthea Garrod, Russell Thompson, Tina Chester, Ute Georgiades, Anne Lockwood, Teddy Slavcheva, Liam McMahon, Monica Williams, Connie Dong, Anna Glinkina. Absent: Derek Towner, Lynn Greirson, Suzanne Cousins, Keith Cousins, Marion Campey, Geoff Cosson, Marilyn Oldman, Alf Oldman, Allen Robson, Marion Lewis, Simon Mesquita, June Megennis, Charles Haddad, Peter Williams, Catherine Fleming, Linda Maidment, Keith McEwen, Marion McEwen, Karolina Boron, Fiona Greavey, Geoff Greavey, Dan Merson, Gaynor Warriner.

President’s Report on recent events - Bach Birthday Festival

Thursday 14 March 6pm, Carpe Diem Lounge, Bach For Harp, Anna Kulikova, 44 guests, €370 surplus.

Saturday 16 March 8pm, La Scala De Paphos, Members of CYSO play Brandenburg Concerto No 5. 34 guests, €110 deficit.

Sunday 17 March 5pm, Music Studio Aspa Vassiliou, The Fun Of Bach, Tatiana Stupak and students. 40 guests, €100 surplus.

Thursday 21 March 1pm, Monkfish Seafood Restaurant, JSB Birthday Lunch. 30 guests, €139 donations.

Thursday 21 March 5pm, Technopolis 20, 65 Cushion exhibition. 30 guests, €270 donations.

Friday 22 March 7.30pm, Leaflet distributors wanted for Markidion Theatre 7.30pm. Marion, Geoff and Christiane gave out over 200 bookmarks.

Sunday 24 March 7.30pm, La Scala De Paphos, Paphos Aphrodite Guitar Quartet. 50 guests, no financial involvement

Tuesday 26 March 7.30pm, Technopolis 20, Natalia, Andrea, Yiotalina, Bach Double Violin Concertos and solo Sonatas. 65 guests, €300 surplus.

Sunday 31 March 7.30pm, Ananas 8Bit Coffee Paphos, The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach, film screening and festival after party. 15 guests, €50 deficit.

TOTAL: approx. €1,000 surplus

Treasurer’s Report - €3722 in the bank, including €1750 in sponsorship, with more to come.

Bookmark DistributionDistributors wanted, please register with Andrew if you are attending any of these events.

Thursday 11 April 8pm, Technopolis 20, FROM MUNICH TO ATHENS. D: Andrew H, Allen, Lynn.

Saturday 13 April 7pm, Palia Ilektriki, CHOEUR DE PLUM & THE ORPHEAN SINGERS. D: Lynn

Sunday 14 April 7pm, Technopolis 20, FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE. D: ?

Tuesday 16 April 8pm, Technopolis 20, MARIOS TOUMBAS JAZZ TRIO. D: Allen, Lynn.

Wednesday 17 April 8.30pm, Markideion Municipal Theatre, GRIEF AND RESURRECTION, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. D: Anne, Ute

Saturday 20 April 6pm, Eleouthkia Botanical Park. ACHORD COMMUNITY CHOIR. D: ?

Sunday 28 April 8pm, Markideion Municipal Theatre, SCHUBERT UNFINISHED & MOZART REQUIEM. D: Anne, Lynn.

Sunday 5 May 7pm, Technopolis 20 Paphos, SUITES THROUGH THE CENTURIES. D: Tina

Tuesday 7 May, Wednesday 7, Thursday 9, Friday 10 & Saturday 11 May 7.30pm, Stage One Theatre Emba, WHEN WE ARE MARRIED. D: 11 May: Anthea, Maggie

Spring Music Festival

ROLES ASSIGNED – Please check carefully – some roles still vacant!

Sunday 21 April 6pm, Guitar Unlimited with Polis Charalambous, Coral Star Pegiea Booker: Andrew O/Liam, Booker: Andrew O, Organiser: Liam, Cashier: Lynn, M&G: Maggie, Anthea. Production: Mike +1

Monday 29 April 7.30pm – Soprano, Oboe & Piano, Tina Chester (soprano), Klaus Storm (oboe), Natalia Lezedova (piano). Music Studio Aspa Vassiliou. Booker: Andrew O/Tina, Organiser: Liam, Cashier: Lynn, M&G: Andrew H, Teddy.

Wednesday 1 May 7.30pm, The Malitikov Amphitheatre Tala, Gala Concert. Booker: Andrew O, Organiser: Derek, Bar: Lynn, Production: Dave +1

Thursday 2 May 7.30pm, La Scala De Paphos. Soiree Edit Piaf with Vanessa Megalemou (voice) & Andreas Michalopoulos plus conductor and choir. Booker: Andrew O, Organiser: Keith M, Cashier: Marian M, M&G: Jill, Derek, Lynn

Friday 3 May 7.30pm, The Malitikov Amphitheatre Tala, Gala Concert. Booker: Andrew O, Organiser: Derek, Cashier: Lynn, Bar: ?, M&G: Jill, Anthea, Maggie, Production: Dave, Simon, Car Park Stewards: Allen +?, Ushers: Ute +? Try donations on entry as well as exit.

Wednesday 8 May 8pm, Technopolis 20, Piano recital of Rachmaninov, Chopin and Bach with Anita Tomasevich. Booker/Organiser: Andrew H, Cashier: Lynn, M&G: Derek.

Saturday 11 May 1pm, Darcy’s Restaurant (outside), Drousia Dixie 7. Booker: Andrew O, Organiser: Keith, Cashiers: Marian + Lynn, M&G: Derek, Marion. Band supplies sound. Sponsored by Blevins Franks.

Summer Sounds

Sunday 2 June 8pm, School of Music Arts Paphos, Anita Tomasevich plays Bach (re-scheduled from March). Tickets: €10 / €5. Booker: Andrew O, Organiser ? Cashier: Gaynor. M&G: Marion Lewis, Production: Mike. NOW POSTPONED

Friday 7 June 7pm, Palia ilektriki, Charity Dinner Dance, Kael Santosh & Costas Sax, Booker: Graham Brown/Geoff Greavey, Organisers: Kidney Association, M&G: ??

Saturday 15 June 8pm, Tala Amphitheatre. The Zilla Project, The Cover Up. Booker: George Kafides, Organisers: Rotary Club. Volunteers: Maggie, Anthea , Lynn, ????

Friday 21 June 8pm, Kissonerga Amphitheatre, Ian G Trio. Booker: Andrew O, Organiser: Tina, Production: Mike +1, Cashier: ? M&G: ??

Saturday 22 June 8.30pm, Venue TBC. Paphos Big Band conducted by George Morfitis, Free entrance. Sponsor required. Booker: Andrew O, Organisers: Keith, Marion. Cashier: Lynn, Gaynor, M&G: Anthea, Ute.

Friday 28 June 8pm, La Scala De Paphos, Zara Jealous (flute), Tina Chester (soprano), Ivelina Ruseva (piano), Gurhan Nuray (cello). Booker: Tina, Organiser: ? Cashier: Lynn, M&G Jill +?

Saturday 29 June 8.30pm, Attikon Outdoor. Papageorgio String Quartet, Free entrance. Sponsor found. Booker: Andrew O, Organisers: Marian, Keith. Cashier: Lynn, Gaynor, M&G: Maggie, Anthea.

World Music Festival – BOOKERS REQUIRED

A new festival planned by Andrew O to include almost any genre that is not mainstream pop, rock, classical or jazz, so expect to hear folk, blues, country, reggae, Chinese, Russian, Greek, Cypriot etc and all manner of ethnic music from all over the world.

Friday 27 September, Technopolis 20, Brad Cooper. Booker/Organiser: Andrew H. Sponsor found.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Board Meeting – Simon Mesquita now Technical Officer running online ticket sales.

Bookers Workshop – Thursday 2 May 5pm, Kissonerga – Register now  with Andrew Oliver please.

Have Your Say – Comments to Derek please. derekincyprus@gmail.com. Tel: 99078018.

Radio and Press contacts wanted, Rock FM, Saskia Unreserved, offer free tickets, media sponorship.

Magazine: Cyprus In-Style June first edition to be published late May.

Ticket Outlets – Carmine’s, SOS Computer, Wisteria, Carpe Diem more ???

Anne and Ute need badges please Derek.

Next Meeting:

OPEN MEETING - Monday 13 May 5pm, Palia ilektriki Restaurant.

Two-hour meeting followed by optional social drinking and dining. Directions: Just off Kennedy Square in the upper town centre behind the Attikon and Palia ilektriki halls and next to Attikon outdoor cinema. Palia Ilektriki Cafe-Restaurant. Contact: Vasos Savva. Tel: 99452548, 26222157.

Bach Birthday Festival and 65 Cushions - March 2019

MINUTES of the Paphos Music Lovers Meeting, Wednesday 13 March 11am Carpe Diem Lounge Paphos

Attending: Andrew Oliver, Doris Willis, Maggie Wright, Jill Ward, Anthea Garrod, Suzanne Cousins, Keith Cousins, Geoff Cosson, Marion Campey, June Megennis, Charles Haddad, Derek Towner, Lynn Greirson, Geoff Greavy, Catherine Fleming, Liam McMahon, Marian McEwen, Keith McEwen

Apologies for absence: Marion Oldman, Alf Oldman, Andrew Hogbin, Simon Mesquita, Marion Lewis, Allen Robson, Paula Devlin, Leo Kelly, Monica Williams, Peter Williams, David Greensmith, Sandra Greensmith, Dave MacKay, Russell Thomson, Linda Maidment, Karolina Boron, Fiona Greavy, Dan Merson, Anna Ginkina, Gaynor Warriner

President’s Report: Andrew Oliver gave an overview.

Our concert season runs: September to May plus possible one-off events

September/October: World Music Festival

November/December: Winter Music Festival

January/February: NewYear/FreshJazz

March: Bach Birthday Festival

April/May: Spring Music Festival

Venues: Agia Kyriaki Church, 150 seats, free. BoC Hall, 150 seats, free. Tremithousa Community Centre, 100+ seats, (check acoustics), €30 per hour. Cultural Centre of Pegeia, 115 seats, free. La Scala De Paphos, 85 seats, piano, 60/40 or 80/20. Technopolis 20, 65 seats, inside, 100 outside, piano inside, €200/€300. Music Studio Aspa Vasisliou, 45 seats, piano, €80. School of Music Arts Despina Constantinou, 40 seats, piano, €140. Ananas 8bit Coffee, 50 seats, €80. New Venues: Themis, 60 seats, free. Restaurants: Darcy’s, 80+ inside, 150 outside, free. Pentaras Hall, 150 seats, free. Cape Diem, 50 seats, free. Hotels and Wedding Halls, Municipal Venues (generally to be avoided), Large Schools.

Radio: June to contact Saskia at RIK Classics and Anthea to contact Eamon at Rock FM

Magazines – still seeking people with contacts

Translator – still seeking a classic Greek translator

Online Tickets – working well with 10 – 20% sales now online

Polo shirts – not considered a priority but will look out for good deal

Online publicity – 10 – 15,000 reach per week on Facebook, 1,000 – 1,500 hits per week on website, 670 emailed newsletter subscribers. Fliers – Bach bookmarks seem to be working

Vice President’s Report: Derek Towner reported on recent concerts.

Tuesday 19 February 8pm, Ananas 8bit Coffee, Conversation Between Brothers – excellent music, nice venue, small audience

Friday 1 March 7.30pm, Pentaras Hall, Paphos Big Band – Very successful night musically and financially.

Monday 4 March 6pm, Agia Kyriaki Church, Paul Timmins, organ recital - Excellent music, big audience, generous donations.

Tuesday 5 March 8pm, La Scala De Paphos, Klaus Storm & Lukas Maschke – First class music, good venue, high expenses, small audience.

Treasurer’s Report: Lynn Grierson explained our financial state. Currently about €1,500 in the kitty after some expensive concerts off-set by the great income from the Big Band concert.

Secretary’s Report: Geoff Greavy updated us on the Association application process and is currently gathering Members documents to futher this process.

Roles assigned – PLEASE CHECK!

Bach Birthday Festival

Thursday 14 March 6pm, Carpe Diem Lounge, Bach For Harp, Anna Kulikova, Organiser: Maggie, Cashier: Linda. Popular venue, 40 booked so looking good!

Saturday 16 March 8pm, La Scala De Paphos, Members of CYSO play Brandenburg Concerto No 5. Organisers/Cashiers: Lynn, Derek. M&G: Keith, Suzanne. Low cost, high brow event so should be good

Sunday 17 March 5pm, Music Studio Aspa Vassiliou, The Fun Of Bach, Tatiana Stupak and students, Organiser: Andrew O, Cashier: Linda, M&G: Maggie, Anthea. Low costs, 30 students plus parents so should be full.

Thursday 21 March 1pm, Monkfish Seafood Restaurant, JSB Birthday Lunch, Speaker: Wally Oppenheim, Chef: George, Co-ordinator: Janice, Organiser/Cashier: Andrew O. Production: Mike? to operate slide show. Reservations coming in now.

Thursday 21 March 5pm, Technopolis 20, 65 Cushion exhibition for one hour. Organiser: Andrew O/Christiane L, Cashier: Linda, Vouchers: Derek, Bar/Production: Derek, Mike. 12 cushions sponsored so far.

Friday 22 March 7.30pm: Leaflet distributors wanted for Markidion Theatre 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Christiane, Marion Campey and Geoff

Sunday 24 March 7.30pm, La Scala De Paphos, Paphos Aphrodite Guitar Quartet. Organisers: Polis Charalambous/Andrew Oliver. M&G: Simon, Jill.

Tuesday 26 March 7.30pm, Technopolis 20, Natalia, Andrea, Yiotalina, Bach Double Violin Concertos and solo Sonatas, Organiser/M&G: Lynn, Derek, Cashier: Linda

Saturday 30 March 7pm, School of Music Arts, Anita Tomasevich Plays Bach, Organiser: Derek handing over to Andrew Oliver and Marion Lewis, Cashier: Lynn handing over to Tina. NOTE: Small Hi Fi or portable ghetto blaster required to play CD in one piece – Doris Willis has a unit.

Sunday 31 March 7.30pm, Ananas 8Bit Coffee Paphos, The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach, film screening and festival after party. Free Entrance. Organiser: Karolina, Cashier: Tina, M&G: Jill, Keith, Suzanne.

Spring Music Festival

Sunday 21 April 6pm, Guitar Unlimited with Polis Charalambous, Cultural Centre of Pegeia or other venue in Pegeia or Carpe Diem? Organiser: Liam Cashier: ?, M&G Maggie, Anthea. Liam actively seeking a confirmed venue this week.

Monday 29 April 7.30pm – Soprano, Oboe & Piano, Tina Chester (soprano), Klaus Storm (oboe), Natalia Lezedova (piano). Music Studio Aspa Vassiliou. Organiser: Liam, Cashier: Lynn, M&G ??

Thursday 2 May 7.30pm, La Scala De Paphos. Soiree Edit Piaf with Vanessa Megalemou (voice) & Andreas Michalopoulos plus conductor and choir. Organiser: Keith M, Cashier: Marian M, M&G Jill, Derek, Lynn

Wednesday 8 May 8pm, Technopolis 20, Piano recital of Rachmaninov, Chopin and Bach with Anita Tomasevich. Organiser: Andrew H, Cashier: Lynn, M&G: Derek.

Saturday 11 May 1pm, Darcy’s Restaurant (outside), Drousia Dixie 7. Organiser: Keith, Cashiers: Marian + Lynn (suggest wristbands as tickets). M&G: Derek, Marion. Band supplies sound. Sponsored by Blevins Franks.

Thursday 23 May 6pm, Harmony Choir, 60 mins plus encores, Cultural Centre of Pegeia or other venue? Organiser: Liam, Cashiers: ?, M&G ?? Liam actively seeking a confirmed venue this week.

Paphos Seasons 

May to August A large number of top quality, large scale concerts at the Castle and Ancient Odeon as part of a major cultural tourism initiative. Organiser: Dan Merson. Finding it hard to get confirmation from Pafos Municipality.

Cyprus International Film Festival

Saturday 22 June 8.30pm, Attikon Outdoor. Paphos Big Band conducted by George Morfitis, Free entrance. We decided that we do not have the funds to underwrite this event so will offer it to the Film Fest to fund or cancel it.

Saturday 29 June 8.30pm, Attikon Outdoor. Papageorgiou String Quartet, Free entrance. Organisers: Marian, Keith. M&G: Maggie, Anthea. Sponsor required. We decided to go ahead with this event with or without sponsorship as the costs are within our means.

Summer Concert Friday 28 June 8pm, La Scala De Paphos, Zara Jealous (flute), Tina Chester (soprano), Ivelina Ruseva & Andrew Hogbin (piano), TBC (cello). Organiser: Tina Chester, Cashier: ? M&G ??

World Music Festival

A new festival planned by Andrew O to include almost any genre that is not mainstream pop, rock, classical or jazz, so expect to hear folk, blues, country, reggae, etc and all manner of ethnic music from all over the world.

Friday 27 September, Technopolis 20, Brad Cooper. Organiser: Andrew H.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Andrew O suggested a Bookers Workshop to help Organisers book acts and venues.

Derek suggested a Brainstorming session to generate new ideas.

Both agreed it would be helpful to hold a Board meeting to clarify the future plans.

Next Meeting: Monday 8 April 11am, Music Studio Aspa Vassiliou.

Directions: From Kennedy Square, head up Evagora Pallikaridi Street and reach the junction between Ev. Pallikaridi, Athinas and Eleftheriou Venizelou (traffic lights near Papantoniou Supermarket). Turn left on Athinas and then take the first turn on the right on Harilaou Trikoupi Street. Drive until you reach the end of the street, on the traffic lights near Pentaras Motors and then turn right, heading up to Thermopylon Road which then changes name into Akamantidos. Pass La Bodega Cava and Zorbas Bakery, and you will see the Music Studio Aspa Vassiliou on your left on the corner of Akamantidos and Elenis Kouloumou above the Relax Restaurant. The hall is on the ground floor to the left under the Kindermusic sign. MUSIC STUDIO ASPA VASSILIOU, 25 Akamantidos Street. 8016 Paphos. Tel: 99448033. Email: aspavassiliou@yahoo.com.

February at PML Events

TRIO FRISSON ON Sunday 10 February at the Cultural Centre of Pegeia

THE CHRISTINA DOXA TRIO on Sunday 17 February at Darcy’s Pegeia

CONVESATIONS BEWTEEN BROTHERS on Tuesday 19 February at Ananas 8bit Coffee Paphos

PAPHOS BIG BAND on Friday 1 March at Pentaras Hall Paphos

MINUTES of the PML Meeting – Monday 18 February 5pm, Anavargos Tavern,

 

Attending: Andrew Oliver, Derek Towner, Lynn Grierson, Suzanne Cousins, Keith Cousins, Suzanne Cousins, Keith McEwen, Maggie Wright, Marion Lewis, Charles Haddad, June Megennis, Geoff Greavy, Fiona Greavy, Jill Ward, Anthea Garrod, Dan Merson, Monica Williams, Peter Williams, Gaynor Warriner, Karolina Boron, Tina Chester, Angela Crow, Tony Crow – 23.

 

Apologies for absence: Russell Thomson Dredge, Doris Willis, Simon Mesquita, Marylin Oldman, Alf Oldman, Allen Robson, Linda Maidment, Mike Lavey, Barbara Stevens, Marion Campey, Andrew Hogbin, David Greensmith, Sandra Greensmith, Emma Panayiotou, Chris Panayiotou, Dave Mackay, Fiona Patton, Marian McEwen, Teddy Slavcheva – 19.

 

President’s Report: Andrew Oliver with the overview. 

 

All Volunteers and Members are welcome to attend the concert tonight free of charge and please try to also bring a paying guest if you can.

CONVERSATION BETWEEN BROTHERS - Antreas Yerolatsitis (guitar) & Christos Yerolatsitis (Wurlitzer piano), Tuesday 19 February 8pm, Ananas 8bit Coffee Paphos. Tickets: €10. Box Office: Tel: 26600126.

 

I am going to run through a few points from our first six months.

 

I think it’s worth reminding ourselves what PML stands for. We are in the business of Audience Development; that is, increasing the number of guests at audiences. We do this in two ways. Firstly, by offering a free publicity service to all concert promoters in town and secondly by supporting selected concerts and organising our own concerts in niche markets. I have attended a fascinating conference on this topic and read plenty of reports. In fact, I’ve written an entire speech on this subject, so please raise your hand if you would like to hear it sometime!

 

Since our first meeting last September, we have recruited over 50 Members and Volunteers, of which 40 are active. We have given free publicity to over 330 concerts, and that is only a small selection of the many musical events in town, if you include all the karaoke, DJs and tribute acts in pubs and restaurants. Most of these types of events have their own loyal following and don’t need our help. We also organised 5 Winter Music Festival concerts, 1 Cultural Event in Pegeia, 10 Jazz Fest concerts, 9 Bach, 3 Spring and 2 Film Fest concerts, making a total of 30 concerts. We have completed 13 concerts so far, involving over 50 musicians in 10 venues, entertaining some 650 guests and generating an income of almost €6000 with a current balance of about €2,300. Not bad after five months for a non-profit start-up!

 

We have built an impressive network of cultural enthusiasts, including over 4,200 on Facebook, currently generating over 10,000 views per week, more than 650 on our mailing list and around 1,000 hits a week on our website. These numbers are growing every day as more and more arts enthusiasts discover us. I am delighted to tell you that we now have an online box office, set up by the amazing Simon and we have already sold 28 tickets online. In fact, as part of our free publicity service we are now also selling online tickets to concerts organised by others, on the grounds that their publicity will drive more people to our website and anyway we all help each other in this little town.

 

Each of you can help this effort by forwarding the weekly emailed newsletter and concert alerts to your friends. You can help on Facebook by liking, commenting and sharing posts. We have tried boosting posts with limited success. With a Facebook event we generally reach around 1,750 people, with about 170 views and around 30 responses. With boosting of €20 or €30 we can push that up to about a 4,000 reach, 200 views and 85 responses.

 

By comparison, for €120 you can take an ad in the Paphos Post, which claims 50,00 readers monthly, (from 17,000 printed copies) which is amazing when you consider this is an English language newspaper in a town of 66,500 and a district of 90,000, most of whom speak Greek! Just 23% or 20,700 are Ex Pats and 28% or 5,800 of those are aged between 50 and 75. Another way to look at is this. Of all registered foreign national voters, just under half, or 8,106 are in Paphos, of whom 3,387 are British.

 

Little wonder Stella Shepi, who runs the opera festival here, estimates there are just 300 classical music fans in Paphos and I think the market for jazz is just as small. The market for classical and jazz music is tiny, so if we get 60 folks along to a concert, we are getting 20% of the available market, which is very good!

 

We reach those people with half a page of free editorial every month in the Paphos Post, plus plenty of write-ups in the Cyprus Mail which reaches a wide English-speaking audience and we are listed on plenty of online platforms in addition to our own, plus the CTO site and paper newsletter and the leading listings sites: CyprusEvents, BuzzFeed, the Tala blogspot and the Pegeia newsletter. We also produce printed posters and fliers and of course nothing beats word of mouth and that’s where you can really help.

 

Please spread the word! Our Members and Volunteers have done a great job in supporting the aims of PML and we have even had a lot of help from folks from outside our immediate circle, including assistance with translating, designing, equipment and transport. So to all of you I say thank you!

 

COMMENTS

The delegates suggested we post videos of performers so that guests can judge for themselves the style and quality of the music. Dan mentioned youtube subscriptions which I confess I don’t really understand! Help! Peter suggested that we do not put thr terms and conditions on the print at home ticket but rather have a box to tick on the website to confirm they have been read. This will mean an online ticket may only need one page. Mike/Simon: can you look at this please? It was suggested we should try to contact Radio stations and non English language magazines and newspapers.

 

Vice President’s Report: Derek Towner reported on recent concerts and commented that all of the music was of a very high standard and mostly involved performers previously unknown to him but now that he has seen them he would not hesitate to recommend them to his contacts, so that next year, if we bring them back, we may expect larger audiences. Keith McEwen gave an account of the issues at the Cultural Centre of Pegeia.

 

Treasurer’s Report: Lynn Grierson explained our financial state, which is good.

 

Secretary’s Report: Geoff Greavy updated us on the Association application process. The Constitution is now with the lawyer for translation into Greek.

 

Roles assigned – PLEASE CHECK!

 

Collecting data and distributing fliers at the cinema  - M&G: Tina, Maggie Anthea

 

NewYear/FreshJazz

Tuesday 19 February 8pm, Ananas 8bit Coffee, Conversation Between Brothers. Organisers: Geoff, Fiona.

 

Wednesday 27 February 7pm, Anavargos Tavern, Jazz/Fusion Meze, Melissa & Costas Jazz Funk. Organisers: Derek, Lynn. Fundraiser with FOC band.

 

Friday 1 March 7.30pm, Pentaras Hall, Paphos Big Band. Organiser: Keith, Sponsorship: Daniel, Tickets: Derek, Cashier: Lynn, M&G Keith, Suzanne, Marian, Jill. Sound/Light supplied by band.

 

Bach Birthday Festival

Monday 4 March 6pm, Agia Kyriaki Church, Paul Timmins, organ recital, free entrance. Organiser: Andrew O, Cashiers: Jill, Keith, Suzanne.

 

Tuesday 5 March 8pm, La Scala De Paphos, Klaus Storm & Lukas Maschke, Baroque concert with Oboe/Piano. Organiser: Andrew O, Tina, Cashier: Linda.

 

Thursday 14 March 6pm, Carpe Diem Lounge, Bach For Harp, Anna Kulikova, Organiser: Maggie, Cashier: Linda.

 

Saturday 16 March 8pm, La Scala De Paphos, Members of CYSO play Brandenburg Concerto No 5. Organisers/Cashiers: Lynn, Derek. M&G: Keith, Suzanne.

 

Sunday 17 March 5pm, Music Studio Aspa Vasisliou, The Fun Of Bach, Tatiana Stupak and students, Organiser: Andrew O, Cashier: Linda, M&G: Tina, Maggie, Anthea.

 

Thursday 21 March 1pm, Monkfish Seafood Restaurant, JSB Birthday Lunch, Speaker: Wally Oppenheim, Chef: George, Co-ordinator: Janice, Organiser/Cashier: Andrew O.

 

Sunday 24 March 7.30pm, La Scala De Paphos, Paphos Aphrodite Guitar Quartet. Organisers: Polis Charalambous/Andrew Oliver. M&G: Simon, Jill.

 

Tuesday 26 March 7.30pm, Technopolis 20, Natalia, Andrea, Yiotalina, Bach Double Violin Concertos and solo Sonatas, Organiser/M&G: Lynn, Derek, Cashier: Linda

 

Saturday 30 March 7pm, School of Music Arts, Anita Tomasevich Plays Bach, Organiser: Derek handing over to Marion Lewis, Cashier: Lynn handing over to Tina.

 

Sunday 31 March 7.30pm, Ananas 8Bit Coffee Paphos, The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach, film screening and festival after party. Free Entrance. Organiser: Karolina, Cashier: Tina, M&G: Jill, Keith, Suzanne.

 

Spring Music Festival

Sunday 21 April 8pm, Darcy’s, Guitar Unlimited: An evening of classical guitar with Polis Charalambous. Organiser: Andrew H, Cashiers: Jill, Marion. M&G: Simon +1? Production: Simon, +?

 

Wednesday 8 May 8pm, Technopolis 20, Piano recital of Rachmaninov, Chopin and Bach with Anita Tomasevich. Organiser: Andrew H, Cashier: Lynn, M&G: Derek.

 

Saturday 11 May 1pm, Darcy’s Restaurant (outside), Drousia Dixie 7. Organiser: Keith, Cashiers: Marian + Lynn (suggest wristbands as tickets). M&G: Derek, Marion. Band supplies sound. Sponsor required

 

Paphos Seasons, May to August A large number of top quality, large scale concerts at the Castle and Ancient Odeon as part of a major cultural tourism initiative. Organiser: Dan Merson.

 

Cyprus International Film Festival

Saturday 22 June 8.30pm, Attikon Outdoor. Paphos Big Band conducted by George Morfitis, Free entrance. Organisers: Marian, Keith. Sponsor required.

 

Saturday 29 June 8.30pm, Attikon Outdoor. Papageorgiou String Quartet, Free entrance. Organisers: Marian, Keith. Sponsor required.

 

World Music Festival a new festival planned by Andrew O to include almost any genre that is not mainstream pop, rock, classical or jazz, so expect to hear folk, blues, country, reggae, etc and all manner of ethnic music from all over the world.

Friday 27 September, Technopolis 20, Brad Cooper. Organiser: Andrew H.

 

Next Meeting: Wednesday 13 March 11am Carpe Diem Lounge.

Directions: The venue will be found just down the hill from the Mesogi/Tremithousa cross-roads on the Polis Road out of Paphos. CARPE DIEM LOUNGE, 111 Mesogi Avenue, Paphos. Tel: 95596544 / 26911005 / 99380182. www.carpediemcyprus.com. Facebook: @cdcyprus.

A super January at PML Events

 

THE CARMEN GHIAN DUO on Friday 4 January at the Cultural Centre of Pegeia.

 

THE BIZIOS/RODOSTHENOUS/XYDIAS TRIO on Tuesday 8 January at the Cultural Centre of Pegeia.

 

AVANT TOUT DUO on Sunday 13 January at Darcy’s Restaurant & Lounge Pegeia.

 

THE POWER OF THE JAZZ PIANO TRIO on Sunday 20 January at the Cultural Centre of Pegeia.

 

JAZZ TAPAS with BLUE JAR on Wednesday 30 January at Anavargos Tavern Paphos

MINUTES of the Paphos Music Lovers Meeting, Thursday 10 January 11am

Ananas 8bit Coffee Paphos

 

Attended: Andrew Oliver, Suzanne Cousins, Keith Cousins, Jill Ward, Derek Towner, Lynn Greirson, Simon Mesquita, Maggie Wright, Anthea Garrod, Peter Williams, Monica Williams, Catherine Fleming, Gardy Wiechern, Steve Hales, Geoff Greavy, Keith McEwen, Marian McEwen, David Parker, Linda Maidment, Marina Gobbett, Caroline Harfield, Geoff Walker, Jeanette Walker, Carole Skene, Andrew Hogbin, Emma Panayiotou. Chris Panayiotou.

Apologies for absence: Russell Thompson Dredge, Barbara Stevens, Karolina Baron, Teddy Slavcheva, Tina Chester, Nora Laing, Marion Lewis, June Megennis, Charles Haddad, Tony Crow, Angela Crow, Doris Willis, Paula Devlin, Leo Kelly, Marylin Oldman, Alf Oldman, Allen Robson, Dan Merson, Dave Mackay, Marion Campey,

 

President’s Report: Andrew Oliver thanked everyone for attending and welcomed the new volunteers and guests at our first open meeting. He remarked that the first series of concerts had been well received. He thanked Fiona Geavy for designing the new logo that everyone agreed was a vast improvement – ‘a quaver in a heart’ as one mentioned! He mentioned the importance of publicity and appealed to everyone to help spread the word, including actually phoning friends and inviting them to our concerts. He offered training to any would-be organisers, and appealed for graphic designers and translators. He recommended Zonari Printers and asked for someone to establish an online Box Office: Simon volunteered to take this on, with help from our online consultants, Emma and Chris.

 

Treasurer’s Report: Lynn outlined the financial gains at each of our concerts except one, which made a tiny loss and reported a healthy bank balance

 

Secretary’s Report: Geoff explained how the Association Members will help us and later presented the draft Constitution to the board, which will shortly be passed to the lawyer so we can start the process to become a legal Association, which in turn, opens the door to possible state, EU and other funding.

 

Volunteers stepped forward to help at these Events

NewYear/FreshJazz

Sunday 13 January 6pm, Darcy’s, €10, food available, Avant Tout piano/vocal duo – piano/vocal. Organiser: Keith, Cashiers: Marian, Lynn, Production: Mike +Keith. This is our first event in a new venue for us and Andrew offered complimentary entrance to all present and encouraged all to personally invite paying guests to help make this a great opening show.

 

Sunday 20 January 6pm, Cultural Centre of Pegeia, Loukas Louka Trio Free entrance. Organiser: Keith, Cashier: Derek, M&G Keith, Suzanne, Production: Mike, Suzanne.

 

Wednesday 30 January 7pm, Anavargos Tavern, €25 including dinner. Jazz /Tapas, Blue Jar Gypsy Jazz. Organisers: Suzanne/Keith. Fundraiser with FOC band.

 

Sunday 10 February 6pm, Cultural Centre of Pegeia, Trio Frission. Free entrance. Organiser: Teddy, Cashier: Lynn, M&G: Keith, Suzanne. Production: Mike, Tina.

 

Sunday 17 February 6pm, Darcy’s, €10, food available, The Christina Doxa Trio with Alexis Kasinos (guitar) and Costas Challoumas (bass). Organiser: Keith, Cashier: Marian, Lynn, Production: Mike, Tina.

 

Tuesday 19 February 8pm, Ananas 8bit Coffee, €10, Conversation Between Brothers. Organisers: Geoff, Fiona.

 

Wednesday 27 February 7pm, Anavargos Tavern, €25 including dinner. Jazz/Tapas, Melissa & Costas Jazz Funk. Organisers: Derek, Lynn. Fundraiser with FOC band.

 

Friday 1 March 7.30pm, Pentaras Hall, Paphos Big Band confirm. Organiser: Keith, Sponsorship: Daniel, Tickets: Derek, Cashier: Lynn, M&G Keith, Suzanne, Marion, Jill. Sound/Light supplied by band. Sponsor required.

 

Bach Birthday Festival

Monday 4 March 6pm, Agia Kyriaki Church, Paul Timmins, organ recital. Organiser: Andrew O, Cashiers: Jill, Keith, Suzanne.

 

Tuesday 5 March 8pm, Venue TBC, Klaus Storm & Lukas Maschke, Baroque concert with Oboe/Harpsichord. Organiser: Andrew O, Tina, Cashier: Linda, M&G??. Sponsor required.

 

Tuesday 12 March 8pm, Cultural Centre of Pegeia, Brandenburg 5 or Flute Sonatas, Virginie Bove, George Georgiou. Organiser:?, Cashier:? M&G??

 

Thursday 14 March 6pm, Carpe Diem Lounge, Bach For Harp, Anna Kulikova, Organiser:?, Cashier: Linda

 

Sunday 17 March 5pm, Cultural Centre of Pegeia, The Fun Of Bach, Tatiana Stupak and students, Organiser:?, Cashier:? M&G??

 

Thursday 21 March 1pm, Monkfish Seafood Restaurant, JSB Birthday Lunch, Speaker: Wally Oppenheim, Chef: George, Co-ordinator: Janice, Organiser/Cashier: Andrew O.

 

Tuesday 26 March 7.30pm, Technopolis 20, Natalia, Andrea, Yiotalina, Bach Double Violin Concertos and solo Sonatas, Organiser:?, Cashier: Linda

 

Saturday 30 March 7pm, School of Music Arts, Anita Tomasevich Plays Bach, Organiser: Derek, Cashier: Lynn. Pegeia Spring Festival

 

Wednesday 10 April 8pm, Cultural Centre of Pegeia, A gala evening at the opera with Anoki Von Arx (soprano) and Zara Barkoudarian (piano). Organiser: Andrew H, Cashier:? M&G??

 

Sunday 21 April 8pm, Darcy’s, Guitar Unlimited: An evening of classical guitar with Polis Charalambous. Organiser: Andrew H, Cashier:?? Production:??

 

Tuesday 30 April 8pm, Cultural Centre of Pegeia, An evening of romantic music with Tina Chester (soprano), Klaus Storm (oboe) and Natalia Lezedova, (piano). Organiser: Andrew H, Cashier:? M&G??, Production:??

 

Wednesday 8 May 8pm, Cultural Centre of Pegeia, Piano recital of Rachmaninov, Chopin and Bach with Anita Tomasevich. Organiser: Andrew H, Cashier:? M&G??, Production:??

 

Saturday 11 May 1pm, Darcy’s Restaurant (outside), Drousia Dixie 7, €17.50 including souvla. Organiser: Keith, Cashiers: Marian +? (suggest wristbands as tickets). Band supplies sound. Sponsor required

 

Paphos Seasons, May to August A large number of top quality, large scale concerts at the Castle and Ancient Odeon as part of a major cultural tourism initiative. Organiser: Dan Merson.

 

Cyprus International Film Festival

Saturday 22 June 8.30pm, Attikon Outdoor. Paphos Big Band conducted by George Morfitis, Free entrance. Organisers: Marian, Keith. Sponsor required.

 

Saturday 29 June 8.30pm, Attikon Outdoor. Papageorgiou String Quartet, Free entrance. Organisers: Marian, Keith. Sponsor required.

 

World Music Festival a new festival planned by Andrew O to include almost any genre that is not mainstream pop, rock, classical or jazz, so expect to hear folk, blues, country, reggae, etc and all manner of ethnic music from all over the world.

 

Any Other Business All were asked to ensure that there is disabled access to all venues. Simon suggested we should have a first aid kit and torches and Andrew asked him to investigate the cost, agree it with Lynn and go ahead and purchase the material.

 

Next Meeting – Monday 18 February 5pm, Anavargos Tavern, followed by Tapas (from €2), ordering from the menu..

REPORT ON THE CONCLUSION OF THE WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL       18/12/18

 

The final concert yesterday, of our Winter Music Festival, was a resounding success with superb and joyful singing from the lovely Tina Chester, fantastic piano melodies from Ivelina Ruseva, plus Bulgarian pastries from Teddy, mincepies and mulled wine from Linda, box office from Lynn, programme folding from Dora and photography from Derek. We had a big crowd and made a tiny loss, mostly due to the generosity of the catering, so, after three mincepies... no complaints from me!

 

Previously, on the 13th, George Georgiou and Gergana delighted a discerning audience with an excellent clarinet recital that proved that there is a place for high-brow programmes in our schedule. We made some new friends and a good profit too.

 

Next up, we have our Jazz Fest, listed below, and our next meeting on 10 January, when we will allocate roles for the March Bach Birthday Festival and talk about future plans. Please let me know what else you would like to see on the agenda. Also, if you are free this coming Friday, our new best friends at Pegeia Municipality would love to see you at the concert of Christmas Byzantine Music at the Cultural Centre on Friday 21 December at 7.30pm and as always entrance and refreshments are free.

 

Next Meeting for all Volunteers and Members: Thursday 10 January 11am, General Meeting, Ananas 8bit Coffee Paphos.

Directions: Head down the Polis road and turn right at the traffic lights at Papantoniou Supermarket. Go over the small cross roads and the venue will be found on the right. It is open 9.30am – 10.30pm daily. There is on street parking opposite and a car park just past the venue on the right. ANANAS 8 BIT COFFEE, 35 Athinas Street, Paphos. Tel: 26600126.

NOTE: Please let me know asap if you are available to attend this meeting.

 

Paphos Music Lovers presents 10 jazz concerts

 

THE CARMEN GHIAN DUO, Friday 4 January 8pm, Cultural Centre of Pegeia Paphos. Free Entrance.

 

THE BIZIOS/RODOSTHENOUS/XYDIAS TRIO - George Bizios (electric guitar), Andreas Rodosthenous (bass), Stelios Xydias (drums), Tuesday 8 January 8pm, Cultural Centre of Pegeia Paphos. Free Entrance.

 

AVANT TOUT DUO - Vanessa Megalemou (voice) and Andreas Michalopoulos (piano), Sunday 13 January 6pm, Darcy’s Restaurant & Lounge Pegeia Paphos. Tickets: €10. Box Office: Tel: 26936926

 

THE POWER OF THE JAZZ PIANO TRIO - Loukas Louka (piano), Omiros Andreou (double bass), Philipp Psillides (drums), Sunday 20 January 6pm, Cultural Centre of Pegeia Paphos. Free entrance.

 

JAZZ TAPAS with BLUE JAR, Lesely Locke (vioiln), Tommy Locke (guitar), Wednesday 30 January 7pm, Anavargos Tavern Paphos. Tickets: €25 including tapas dinner. Box Office: Tel: 99078018.

 

TRIO FRISSON, Jamie Paul (vocals & keyboard), Byron Athinodorou (bass & b’ vocals), Lefteris Lefkatis (drums), Sunday 10 February 6pm, Cultural Centre of Pegeia Paphos. Free entrance.

 

CHRISTINA DOXA TRIO - Christina Doxa (vocals) Alexis Kasinos (guitar) and Kostas Challoumas (bass), Sunday 17 February 6pm, Darcy’s Restaurant & Lounge Pegeia Paphos. Tickets: €10. Box Office: Tel: 26936926.

 

CONVERSATION BETWEEN BROTHERS - Antreas Yerolatsitis (guitar) & Christos Yerolatsitis (Wurlitzer piano), Tuesday 19 February 8pm, Ananas 8bit Coffee Paphos. Tickets: €10. Box Office: Tel: 26600126

 

JAZZ TAPAS with MELISSA & COSTAS, Melissa Williams (vocals), Costas Chekmak (guitar), Wednesday 27 February 7pm, Anavargos Tavern Paphos. Tickets: €25 including tapas dinner. Box Office: Tel: 99078018.

 

SWING INTO SPRING with PAPHOS BIG BAND, The Grand Finale of the NewYear/FreshJazz Festival, Friday 1 March 7.30pm, Pentaras Hall Paphos. Tickets: €35 including welcome drink and interval platter. Box Office: Tel: 99136289.

 

Seasons Greeting! Andrew Oliver

REPORT ON THE CULTURAL EVENT, 12 December, Cultural Centre of Pegeia.

 

I think everyone agrees the concert was a great success and we achieved our twin goals of testing the hall and introducing the new facility to the local people, whilst enjoying some exceptional music. Please feel free to give me your feedback so that we can further improve our work. We discovered that the stage lights generally don’t work, the microphones work only sometimes and exterior door knobs don’t actually open the doors! These are things that can be fixed and more importantly, we learnt that we have a lovely hall with 115 comfortable chairs, good site lines and acoustics and a great team of volunteers who can work harmoniously and effectively together to create and operate an enjoyable event. And we have a super relationship with Mayor Marinos and Municipality Secretary Marios and their staff, who provide an excellent level of suppport, including printing posters, renting the piano, providing a technical engineer and refreshments. Special thanks go to Andrew Hogbin who came up with the original idea and to Paula Devlin and Leo Kelly who made the initial contact with the Municipality and facilitated communications between our team and the Town Hall throughout the run-up to our event.

 

We gathered plenty of email addresses of music lovers who wish to be on the mailing list and several new volunteers, plus €100 in donations from the audience of 100 and we distributed leaflets on the forthcoming NewYear/FreshJazz series. Afterwards, 15 of us enjoyed an excellent supper next door at the Old Cinema Taverna.

 

Musicians Performing: Natalia Lezedova – piano, Andreas Constantinou – violin, Andrew Hogbin – piano, Tina Chester – soprano, Maxim Kindyakov – piano, Anna Senkova & Vigel – vocal, Blue Jar – Lesley and Tommy Locke - violin/guitar, Coral Bay Dancers – violin/laoutu/4 dancers, Petros – leader, Harmony – 14-piece choir. Our thanks go to all the musicians who performed for no fee, with such passion and professionalism.

 

Volunteers Attending: Andrew Oliver, Andrew Hogbin, Tina Chester, Geoff Greavy, Dave Makay, Simon Mesquita, Fiona Greavy, Keith Cousins, Peter Williams, Monica Williams, Linda Maidment, Keith McEwen, Jill Ward, Susan Cousins, Marion Lewis, Karolina Boron, Derek Towner, Lynn Greirson, Marian McEwen. This was a great team effort, so thanks to all!

 

Members Attending: June Megennis, Charles Megennis, Tony Crow, Paula Devlin, Leo Kelly. 

 

Apologies for Absence: Mike Lavey, Maggie Wright, Eva Rylander, Russel Thomson Dredge, Allen Robson, Fiona Paton, Anthea Garrod, Alf Oldman, Marylin Oldman, Angela Crow, Gaynor Warriner.

 

Forthcoming Events:

Thursday 13 December 8pm, Clarinet Recital, Technopolis 20. Tel: 70002420.

Monday 17 December 3pm, Christmas Concert, Technopolis 20. Tel: 70002420. Thursday 27 December 10am, Board Meeting, Geoff & Fiona’s.

Friday 4 January 8pm, Jazz Concert, Cultural Centre of Pegeia.

Tuesday 8 January 8pm, Jazz Concert, Cultural Centre of Pegeia.

NOTE: Please let me know asap if you are available to staff these two jazz concerts.

 

Next Meeting for all Volunteers and Members:

Thursday 10 January 11am, General Meeting, Ananas 8bit Coffee Paphos.

Directions: Head down the Polis road and turn right at the traffic lights at Papantoniou Supermarket. Go over the small cross roads and the venue will be found on the right. It is open 9.30am – 10.30pm daily. There is on street parking opposite and a car park just past the venue on the right. ANANAS 8 BIT COFFEE, 35 Athinas Street, Paphos. Tel: 26600126.

NOTE: Please let me know asap if you are available to attend this meeting.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Andrew Oliver

Dear PML Volunteers and Members

 

The first two Winter Music Festival concerts produced excellent performances, were well supported and profitable, so many thanks to Mike, Linda and Andrew H for organising everything. We are fast approaching a bank balance of €1,000, which means we are now well placed to support concerts that otherwise might never happen.

 

We can further improve our ticket selling skills. Please forward emailed concert details to your contacts. See attached. If you use Social Media, please share some of my posts on Facebook. Today I have posted and emailed details of our next concert: FIFTY SHADES OF RUSSIAN MUSIC with the exceptional Natalia Lezedova (piano) and Anastasia Maximova Gonsales Moreau (mezzo soprano), on Thursday 29 November 8pm, at the School of Music Arts Paphos. Please reserve your tickets with Derek at Tel: 99078018, Email: derekincyprus@gmail.com. Please also tell the people in your activity groups and see if you can get up a party to come to the concert together. There is a super Taverna just across the road, ideal for pre or post-concert refreshment!

 

The wide diversity of our concerts means we don’t have just one set of followers who attend everything we do, but rather lots of different audiences who will come to specific events, just as long as we reach out to them all.

 

 

The Mayor of Pegeia has agreed to purchase a new concert grand piano and sponsor our Cultural Event on 12 December at 6pm at the Cultural Centre of Pegeia, plus four jazz concerts there, which means we can offer free entrance to all and still afford the pay the jazz musicians, whilst on 12 December around a dozen local musicians will perform for free to test out the new hall and entertain us. Thanks to Andrew Hogbin for coming up with the original idea and for the huge support from Paula, Leo, Petra, Anastasia, Mike, Tina, Keith, Marian and Dan. A real team effort - bravo! I look forward to seeing you at a concert soon!

 

Many thanks

Andrew

MINUTES – PML Volunteers Meeting: Monday 12 November 10am Technopolis 20 Paphos.

 

Present: Andrew Oliver, Keith McEwen, Derek Towner, Lynn Greirson, Allen Robson, Maggie Wright, Andrew Hogbin, Sarah Coyne, Teddy Slavecheva, Linda Maidment, Eva Rylander, Karolina Boron, Geoff Greavy, Fiona Greavy, Marian McEwen, Dan Merson, Anthea Garrod, Tina Chester, June Megennis, Charles Megennis, Mike Lavey, David Sanders (22).

Apologies for absence: Marilyn Oldman, Alf Oldman, Suzanne Cousins, Keith Cousins, Marion Lewis, Jill Ward, Simon Mesquita, Paula Devlin, Peter Williams. Monica Williams, Janice Ruffle, Russell Thomson Dredge, Marion Campey, Fiona Patton (15).

 

Andrew expressed his thanks and appreciation for such a large number of delegates attending and noted that those that gave their apologies were indicating their continued support. The total of ‘fully engaged’ Volunteers and Members now appears to be around 37 people which is marvelous.

 

The Mission Statement, name and logo: After a detailed debate it was decided to use just one name (Paphos Music Lovers) and logo (to be designed by Fiona) to cover all activities and to improve the mission statement as below. The purpose of Paphos Music Lovers is to develop, support and organise quality music and concerts in all genres throughout Paphos and provide a free and comprehensive arts publicity service.

 

Publicity service: We are now inviting all nationalities via Social Media in order to broaden the audience. It was noted that a large number of Russians, Germans and Scandinavians are now attending concerts, along with the British and many other nationalities. Maggie suggested that all who are on Social Media can help the publicity effort by sharing Andrew’s Facebook posts. A listings magazine is still in mind.

 

Association: We now have enough members and the lawyer has started the process to register the Association. Treasurer Lynn gave a financial report and all is on track, though it will take a long time!

 

Fundraising: There was a debate about fundraising concerts, commercial sponsorship and crowdfunding, in order to bring our balance at the bank to around €10,000, which is the target figure needed to support all types of events we may plan in the future. It was decided that sponsorship, donations and fundraising concerts were the best vehicles for us to raise money at present, and crowdfunding may be used in future to purchase items, such as equipment or a piano.

 

Translator: We still urgently need a Greek-speaking translator to check Google Translate.

 

Cultural Centre of Pegeia: A new venue open to us; we plan an Open Evening on Wednesday 12 December at 6pm, subject to confirmation from Pegeia Mayor, which will be an ideal opportunity to introduce the venue to local residents, test the systems and maybe perform a little informal music. Andrew H, Keith and Marian will pursue an early meeting to confirm this date and a number of future concerts and the purchase of a new concert grand piano. Mike will also attend, in order to assess the sound and light equipment installed there and Andrew O will endeavour to borrow a piano as a temporary instrument until a concert grand can be supplied. It was noted that Brexit meeting at the Centre, on 27 November would be a good time to circulate flyers promoting the Open Evening and jazz concerts etc.

 

Technopolis 20: We can help by spreading the word about events at this venue. Christiane is making 65 cushions to improve the comfort. Allen suggested earlier start times might encourage more concert-goers and Tina commented that sometimes this is not possible for music teachers, coming straight from classes.

 

Concert programme: the following dates were discussed and roles assigned

 

WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Tuesday 13 November 8pm, Sorin Alexandru Horlea (violin, viola) & Savvas Lagou (violin), Technopolis 20 Paphos. Production Manager – Mike Lavey, Cashier – Linda Maidment.

Tuesday 20 November 6pm, Organ Recital - Paul Timmins, Ayias Kyriaki Church. Organiser - Andrew Hogbin.

Thursday 29 November 8pm, Natalia Lezedova (piano) and Russian mezzo-soprano Anastasia Maksimova Gonsales Moreau, School of Music Arts. Organisers - Derek and Lyn, assistant – Marion Lewis. The poster has now been changed.

Thursday 13 December 8pm, Tefkros Xydas (viola), George Georgiou (clarinet) & Mariola Charitidou (piano), Technopolis 20. Organiser – Mike Lavey, cashier – Linda Maidment. Monday 17 December 3pm, Christmas Concert – Tina Chester, Ivelina Ruseva, Technopolis 20. Organisers – Teddy Slavcheva, Linda Maidment, Marian McEwen, cashier – Lynn Grierson.

 

NEWYEAR/FRESHJAZZ FESTIVAL

Friday 4 January 8pm, Cultural Centre of Pegeia, The Carmen Ghian Duo. Free entrance. Organiser: Keith, Bar: Lynn, Sound/light: Mike/Geoff.

Tuesday 8 January 8pm, Cultural Centre of Pegeia. The Bizios/Rodosthenous/Xydias Band, George Bizios/Electric Guitar, Andreas Rodosthenous/Bass and Stelios Xydias/Drums. Free entrance. Organiser: Derek, Bar: Lynn, Sound/light: Mike.

Sunday 13 January 6pm, Darcy’s, €10, food available, Avant Tout piano/vocal duo – piano/vocal. Organiser: Keith, Sound: Mike/Tina.

Sunday 20 January 6pm, Cultural Centre of Pegeia, Loukas Louka Trio Free entrance. Organiser: Keith, Bar: Lynn, Sound/light: Mike/Geoff.

Wednesday 30 January 7pm, Anavargos Tavern, €25 inc dinner. Jazz /Tapas, Blue Jar Gypsy Jazz. Organiser: Derek/Lynn.

Sunday 10 February 6pm, Cultural Centre of Pegeia, Trio Frission. Free entrance. Organiser: Teddy, Bar: Tina, Sound/light: Mike/Tina.

Sunday 17 February 6pm, Darcy’s, €10, food available, The Christina Doxa Trio with Alexis Kasinos (guitar) and Costas Challoumas (bass). Organiser: Keith, sound: Mike/Tina.

Tuesday 19 February 8pm, Ananas 8bit Coffee, €10, Conversation Between Brothers. Organisers: Geoff/Fiona.

Wednesday 27 February 7pm, Anavargos Tavern, €25 inc dinner. Jazz/Tapas, Melissa & Costas Jazz Funk. Organiser: Derek. Fundraiser with FOC band.

Saturday 2 March 7pm, Annabelle Hotel or Aliathon, Paphos Big Band (€2,500, sponsorship needed) waiting for hotel to confirm. Organiser: Keith plus team: Daniel, Derek, Lynn.

 

MARCH BACH BIRTHDAY FEST – proposed at Technopolis 20, Annas 8bit Coffee, School of Music Arts, Annabelle, Church, Stage One, Cultural Centre of Pegeia, Evengalismos hospital roof terrace, care home, hospice. About 6 events throughout March. Birthday: Friday 21 and/or Sunday 31 March. Piano recital, organ recital, student’s concert, illustrated talk, dinner, choral concert, birthday party, chamber music concert, jazz film or concert We have musicians willing to perform and Organisers are urgently required.

 

APRIL/MAY

Pegeia Spring Festival – Organiser Andrew Hogbin is booking 5/6 concerts late April/May for the new Cultural Centre of Pegeia.

Saturday 11 May. Drousia Dixie 7, Darcy’s, €17.50 including souvla. Organisers – Marian & Keith. Sponsor required.

Paphos Seasons – May to August – Organiser Dan Merson has fixed a large number of top quality large scale concerts at the Castle and Ancient Odeon as part of a major cultural tourism initiative.

 

JUNE

CYPRUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Paphos Big Band conducted by George Morfitis, Saturday 22 June 8.30pm, Attikon Outdoor Paphos. Free entrance. Organisers – Marian & Keith. Sponsor?

Papageorgiou String Quartet, Saturday 29 June 8.30pm, Attikon Outdoor Paphos. Free entrance. Organisers – Marian & Keith. Sponsor?

 

JULY/AUGUST OUTDOOR MUSIC - proposed Raised Voices – choral Music Fest – pop/rock showcase Ethnological Museum, classical recitals?

 

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER Ideas? Crossover? Indian? The Place Arts Complex, organisers – Marian & Keith

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

As the meeting was over-running. Andrew thanked everyone, called a halt and went to lunch!

 

NEXT MEETING

Wednesday 12 December 6pm, Cultural Centre of Pegeia, Open evening, followed by dinner at the Old Cinema Tavern next door.

The minutes of the PCV MEETING, Tuesday 16 October 5pm - School of Music Arts

 

Present: David Sanders, Fiona Greavy, Geoff Greavy, Marion Lewis, Linda Maidment, Andrew Oliver, June Megennis, Charles Megennis, Derek Towner, Lynn Grierson, Alfonso, Teddy Slavcheva, Daniel Merson, Marian McEwen, Keith McEwen, Russell Thomson Dredge.

 

Welcome: Andrew Oliver welcomed the delegates to the meeting and thanked Despina Constantinou for the free use of lovely little recital hall and re-iterated the mission of PML, which is to develop audiences for all genres of music in Paphos, by providing a comprehensive publicity service and organising concerts, with a network of 4,000 Supporters, 30 Volunteers and 20 Association Members.

 

Publicity service: Andrew explained that the Facebook followers and the website hits were at an all-time high and that the newsletter and Twitter subscribers were growing steadily. The proposed cultural listings magazine launch was abandoned due to a lack of advertisers and a new plan is being developed.

 

Association: More than 20 potential Members have stepped forward and the process of establishing an official Association is well underway.

 

Fundraising: We need to build up a fund of about €10,000 as working capital to under-write local concerts. This will be partly achieved through profits from our concerts. In addition, Daniel Merson agreed to look at commercial sponsorship and David Sanders will look at online crowd-funding.

 

Organisers: In addition to Derek, Lyn, Teddy and Andrew H, we now have Marian, Keith, Fiona and Geoff in that role and Karolina Boron, who sent her apologies has also offered to organise concerts, all of which is greatly appreciated.

 

Translator: We now have Angie Banfield translating English to Greek, which is vital to get listed on certain websites and for some local government proposals

 

Designer: Some of the organisers and musicians are able to produce their own poster designs. For the remainder, Fiona Greavy has agreed to design posters.

 

Concert programme:

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER - WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL Five concerts are currently planned; first, four fund-raisers, then one regular concert (17 December) underwritten by PaMLA. All Volunteers and Members are urged to attend and bring their friends!

 

Tuesday 13 November 8pm, Sorin Alexandru Horlea (violin, viola) & Savvas Lagou (violin), Technopolis 20 Paphos. Production Manager – Mike Lavey, Cashier – Linda Maidment.

 

Tuesday 20 November 6pm, Organ Recital - Paul Timmins, Ayias Kyriaki Church. Organiser - Andrew Hogbin.

 

Thursday 29 November 8pm, Natalia Lezedova (piano) and Russian mezzo-soprano Anastasia Maksimova Gonsales Moreau, School of Music Arts. Organisers - Derek and Lyn, assistant – Marion Lewis.

 

Thursday 13 December 8pm, Tefkros Xydas (viola), George Georgiou (clarinet) & Mariola Charitidou (piano), Technopolis 20. Organiser – Mike Lavey, cashier – Linda Maidment.

 

Monday 17 December 3pm, Christmas Concert – Tina Chester, Ivelina Ruseva, Technopolis 20. Organisers – Teddy Slavcheva, Linda Maidment, Marian McEwen, cashier – Lynn Grierson.

 

JANUARY/FEBRUARY NEW/YEAR - FRESH/JAZZ, 6 - 8 shows in Jan/Feb 2019. Already 10 great jazz ensembles have offered to appear and they are currently being matched to venues.

Themis – Waiting for a new music licence

Annanas 8bit Coffee, organisers – Fiona & Geoff

Anavargos Tavern, organiser – Derek will look at it

Darcy’s, organisers – Marian & Keith

Elysium or Annabelle, organisers – Daniel, Derek, Lynn, Fiona, Geoff, Keith

 

MARCH BACH BIRTHDAY FEST – proposed at Technopolis 20, Annas 8bit Coffee, School of Music Arts, Annabelle, Church, Stage One, Evengalismos hospital roof terrace, care home, hospice. About 6 events throughout March. Birthday: Friday 21 and/or Sunday 31 March.

 

APRIL Ideas? Bass Monsters at the Annabelle.

 

MAY GARDEN PARTY - Dixie7 or Oompah Band – an afternoon fundraiser. Saturday 11 May. Darcy’s, €17.50 including soulvla. Organisers – Marian & Keith.

 

JUNE CYPRUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Paphos Big Band conducted by George Morfitis, Saturday 22 June 8.30pm, Attikon Outdoor Paphos. Free entrance. Organisers – Marian & Keith. Papageorgiou String Quartet, Saturday 29 June 8.30pm, Attikon Outdoor Paphos. Free entrance. Organisers – Marian & Keith.

 

JULY/AUGUST OUTDOOR MUSIC - proposed Raised Voices – choral. Music Fest – pop/rock showcase. Ethnological Museum?

 

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER Ideas? Crossover? The Place Arts Complex, organisers – Marian & Keith

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS Daniel gave an impressive presentation of his ideas for some high-quality large-scale concerts planned for 2019. He is well advanced with getting social media, sponsors, investors and artistes all on board and is currently fixing venues and a piano. Andrew offered to help with booking Tala and Pissouri amphitheatres and to check out the Aliathon theatre with Daniel. Daniel is seeking professional, qualified and experienced arts administrators for salaried positions within his team. Andrew offered to circulate a wanted advert for Daniel.

 

The meeting closed at 6.45pm and many of us crossed the road to the delightfully rustic Myrra Tavern for a super meal and a further two hours on concert gossip!

 

NEXT MEETING: Monday 12 November 10am, Technopolis 20.

The Minutes of the Paphos Cultural Volunteers meeting on Thursday 20 September 6pm, Coral Star

 

Present: Andrew Oliver, Linda Maidment, Allen Robson, Suzanne Cousins, Keith Cousins, Jill Ward, Eva Rylander, Simon Mesquita, Derek Towner, Lyn Greirson, Andrew Hogbin, Carole Eldridge, Teddy Slavcheva, Antonia Filppou

 

Introduction:

Andrew Oliver explained that Paphos Music Lovers is a non-profit service with a mission to build audiences for concerts and other cultural events in Paphos.

 

Publicity: Currently, this is achieved through a free publicity service operated by retired musician, Andrew Oliver. Andrew is connected with a network of some 4,000 concert-goers, musicians, concert promoters and arts journalists. He collects details of forthcoming events and posts them on the website: www.paphosmusiclovers.simplesite.com. He also posts the events each day on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MusicPaphos and also Facebook on his timeline, group and page:  www.facebook.com/groups/893216254149315/. Andrew also sends out a weekly emailed newsletter containing the following weeks’ events: you can sign up here: http://eepurl.com/dyeXgr.

 

There are also plans for a cultural listings magazine, currently under study, with a team of eight (4 sales/4producton) and scheduled to be a 36 page glossy, colour magazine with a print run of 4,000, distributed free to 150 outlets (bars, restaurants, music venues, shops etc) and 150 kiosks (with a cover price).

 

Culture Detectives are needed to seek out details of forthcoming concerts and events well in advance and pass them to Andrew, for free listing on all the platforms. Teddy and Derek offered to help and in fact all present agreed to keep their eyes open for any events not currently listed, in order to attract more events.

 

Advertising Sales Representatives are needed to sell advertising space in the magazine to a few large organisations and brand leaders. We have a team of four (Ashraf, Maria, George and Antonia) and Jill also offered to source potential advertisers.

 

Magazine Distributors are required to take bulk copies of the magazine and distribute them to local outlets in Paphos. Jill, Eva, Derek and Lyn offered to help distribute magazines in their local areas.

 

Paphos Music Lovers Association: Andrew gets directly involved in helping concert promoters, charities, venues and musicians stage their events. Some high-quality concerts simply cannot be funded through ticket sales alone, so Andrew is currently setting up a non-profit, NGO called the Paphos Music Lovers Association (PaMLA) to collect donations and fund concerts and other arts projects in Paphos.

 

Fundraisers are needed who are connected with a large company, organisation or wealthy individual or can set up a crowd-funding campaign, or other fundraiser, in order to financially support the work of the Paphos Music Lovers Association. Currently we are still seeking a fundraiser with experience of Crowd-Funding.

 

Members are needed either to become passive or active members. These individuals will be drawn mostly from the concert-going audience. Twenty members are required in total, including 5 Board Member, of which three are active: Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Lyn agreed to be Treasurer. Carole initially offered to be Secretary but upon reflection found she could not find the time to do the job effectively, so we are still seeking a Secretary, Andrew agreed to be Chairman and Russell agreed to be a non-active Board Member so we still need one more non-active Board Member. We need a further 15 ordinary Members (with no duties or responsibilities) and so far, six people (not at the meeting) come forward and if they join, we will then need a further 9 folks to join us in a passive/supportive role.

 

Concert Organisers are required to organise high quality classical and jazz concerts either as fund-raisers for PaMLA or as regular, commercial concerts, on behalf of PaMLA. Derek, Lyn, Andrew H and Teddy all agreed to be organisers and two more are currently needed to fill that role, as we have six concert coming up in the Winter.

 

Concert Assistants such as ticket collectors, ushers, bar staff, box office staff are required to assist concert organisers. Jill, Alan, Linda, Eva, Suzanne, Keith and Simon all offered their help, which is a fantastic response!

 

Winter Music Festival:

Six concerts are currently planned; first, five fund-raisers then one regular concert (17 December) underwritten by PaMLA.

 

Proposed programme

Despina Constantinou Piano Recital

One hour recital

A weekend night in early November? Will confirm later..

School of Music Arts

Organisers – Derek and Lyn


Sorin Alexandru Horlea and friends

Tuesday 13 November 8pm

Technopolis 20 Paphos

Organiser required please

 

Organ Recital Paul Timmins

Tuesday 20 November 6pm

Ayias Kyriaki Church

Organiser - Andrew Hogbin

 

Natalia Lezedova (piano) and Russian mezzo-soprano Anastasia Maksimova Gonsales Moreau (Russian music, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, romances, arias from operas and piano solo music)

One hour recital  

Thursday 29 November 8pm

School of Music Arts

Organisers - Derek and Lyn

 

George Georgiou: clarinet, viola, piano

Thursday 13 December 8pm

Technopolis 20
Organiser required please

 

Christmas Concert

Monday 17 December 3pm

Technopolis 20

Organisers – Teddy Slavcheva, Linda Maidment, Jill Ward

 

 

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