The Cambridge Summer Music Festival has been saved from cancellation after a generous loan was granted to the event, allowing it to take place for the 36th year.
A total of £35,000 was needed to see the event happen this year, with a campaign being launched by Tim Brown, chairman of the festival, in October 2014 to raise the funds. The money was sought to allow the survival of the event, which has been a prominent part of the Cambridge calendar for years.
The festival has remained a popular attraction, with an increase in attendees over the last few years. However, sponsorship and advertising have taken a hit, meaning the event has recently brought in less money than in previous years.
However, the appeal to raise funds to save the festival has been successful, with more than three-quarters of the total needed money being generated already. Group fundraising activities, donations via Just Giving and an anonymous loan have all raised the substantial amount of money.
Despite this substantial amount of money being raised, a further £8,000 still needs to be supplied in order to see the festival go ahead.
It would be a shame to see a tradition that has so far run for 35 years stop, especially as it was last year attended by thousands of people and provided almost 40 classical music concerts. Concerts last year ranged from performances by talent from the university as well as Cambridge residents and internationally acclaimed artist.
The festival also makes a point of providing support to local music projects and up-and-coming classical music talent, with 2014's opening night concert being performed by the Cambridge community-based choir.
This year's festival is scheduled to take place between July 17th and August 1st. This was announced in a statement on the Cambridge Summer Music Festival's website, but no acts have yet been confirmed.