Sunday 16 February 2014 was a fantastic day, maxxing out at about 23*C, partly cloudy but with a bit of a breeze springing up later in the day.
A team of volunteers had worked overtime to have everything ready for the free public concert in the Edmonds “Sure To Rise” garden park on Ferry Road in Phillipstown, Christchurch, New Zealand.
The densely planted park environment gave shelter from most of the wind and an adjacent open playing field had been opened up to provide extra car-parking.
In December 2013 a two hour concert attracted a small crowd. Today’s concert which ran from 12 noon to 4pm saw well over a hundred people enjoying an afternoon of free musical entertainment. Even more people had been there earlier in the day, although some had left by the time I arrived.
Some people were dressed in historic clothing, and the crowd had spilled out of the main garden area into the surrounding parts of the park (not visible in this video). “Stedfast Brass” were playing when I arrived at about 3.30pm. I do not know what bands may have played earlier.
A big thankyou to all the musicians and volunteer helpers who gave of their time and talents to enable this free concert.
Advertising of these occasional concerts is very limited. A handful of times a year, a banner hangs up at the Ferry Road pedestrian entrance to the park in the week or so preceding a free concert.
I will be looking forward to the next concert and hope to arrive somewhat earlier… Today I had been delayed when I got (very pleasantly) sidelined by attending a simply amazing brunch and private recital provided by Helen, a harpist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and Sean a talented Citar player.