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Welcome to the Harwich Festival.

After a successful 2015 Festival we can now announce a number of changes in the Harwich Festival personnel. After several years of service Reverend Peter Mann is stepping down as a Trustee as he is moving from the area. We would like to thank Peter for all his contribution and for forging such a strong relationship with St. Nicholas’ Church. We wish him well for the future.

We would also like to thank Ann Evander who is stepping down from the lead for Marketing and Outreach for the Festival. We are very grateful for the boundless energy and enthusiasm Ann has brought to the role which has raised the profile of the Festival not only in the local vicinity but also further abroad. We are very happy that Ann has decided to stay on the Committee and will continue to act as an Ambassador for the Festival.

There is a big thank you to Roderick Earle our outgoing Artistic Director who delivered a very exciting Festival under difficult circumstances due to funding constraints. We wish him success in his future professional career and thank him for leaving with us such wonderful memories.

Peter Davis is now stepping up to a new role of Artistic Director for 2015-2016.

Peter said ‘ I am very pleased to have been given this opportunity. Under my management the Festival is now moving in a different direction. Not only will we be delivering an annual Festival but we will also be running year round events which will aim to involve more of our local community and will encourage more young people to take part in the creative and performing arts. This was encapsulated in the Year 5 Creative Arts Conference which we held in May, which brought a wide range of Arts to 230 9/10 year olds across all of the Primary Schools. Soon we will have some exciting news soon about how we will embed the Festival and its aims into the community and have a central presence in the town. As General Manager over the last four years I have been very involved in programming and intend that the Festival will continue to celebrate all of the creative and performing Arts and will continue to push boundaries’.

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