I bumped into Graeme Wood in the foyer of Angel Place last year, after a performance of Giasone. He had what I call a “Pinchgut glow” about him, common amongst our audience after a night of amazing music- and theatre-making. ‘How was it, Graeme?’ I asked. All he could reply was ‘It was great Gen. THAT’S what it’s all about!’ Enthusiastic words matched by a great big grin.
Pinchgut has much to be grateful to Graeme for. He’s a man who puts his money where his mouth is, supporting activities in which he truly believes. We have been incredibly fortunate to receive this support over the past three years. Graeme has again stepped up to the plate to help us launch our fundraising drive for 2014. And now we’re asking, will you join us on this adventure? – Genevieve, Pinchgut General Manager
We announced last year that Pinchgut would, for the first time, mount two productions this year. This step brings with it a mixture of excitement and not a little trepidation. As you know, Pinchgut has a very distinctive approach, which places music as the centrepiece, while also presenting performances in a spare but creative and engaging design on stage. We know from your enthusiastic feedback from Giasone that Pinchgut is living up to those aims.
Two productions will inevitably incur additional costs in this, our first year. We’re a small close-knit team, which avoids all unnecessary costs, and doesn’t depend upon government grants or subsidy. We rely almost entirely on the tickets we sell to our performances, and funds from our loyal group of donors. We honour these people – our Heroes of Pinchgut – as part of the Pinchgut family who have made our productions possible for the last 12 years.
In acknowledgement of the added challenges of staging two productions – The Chimney Sweep by Salieri, and Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride – we are delighted to share with you that in addition to his continuing contribution, Graeme has offered, through the Graeme Wood Foundation, to further match new donor gifts up to $40,000 for 2014 raised by 30 June.
We are appealing to you, our amazing supporters, to help us achieve new funds of $40,000 to fully realise this extraordinary offer. This is your opportunity to double your impact by either joining our group of Pinchgut Heroes, or increasing your existing support. We’re also calling on you to activate your networks and friends to help us achieve this goal of new (fully tax-deductible) donations.
Thank you in advance to everyone who responds by taking up the challenge. We hope you agree this is a terrific opportunity, which has been so generously presented to our company.
Genevieve is available to answer any further questions you have or supply information you may need to persuade others in your circle to join you. The simplest ways of making donations is via electronic transfers online (Pinchgut Opera Public Fund BSB 012003 Account No. 198883733), or cheques made payable to Pinchgut Opera Public Fund, PO Box 309, EDGECLIFF NSW 2027.