QUOTE(barry-clari @ Mar 7 2012, 08:00 PM)
May I ask why? (PM if you don't want to display the reason here)
I just couldn't find a suitable venue. The one I'd provisionally booked with a view to checking it out when I was in Cardiff last week suddenly announced that we couldn't have the room after 2:30. After days of "yes, yes, we'd love to host you."
I chased up every lead I was given and spent days searching the web, ringing round and emailing people. I even spoke to the AB local rep - who was very helpful. There were rooms available, but the piano was a bag of bones; or the piano they'd had was on lone from the RWCMD and had been returned; or there was no parking; or they wanted a deposit that would require me to sell my violin to cover it; or they couldn't do that date; or the builders were in - you get the picture.
I tried. I really tried. I had been so excited about getting the event off the ground and so mindful of messing people about after the first venue fell through (that one was due to building work). Having been sent a list of half a dozen possibles by a Cardiff forumite, I figured one of them ought to be a goer. But nope. And I couldn't get anywhere else.
I'm quite upset about it TBH as I feel I've let everyone down. It was horrible having to type that the event was dead in the water. The one positive is that I'm really busy with teaching at the moment so I haven't got much time to brood.
I have to say, many of the venues were really helpful and gave me more places to try, but nothing came of it and on the bright side I now have a list of venues that do have pianos that are playable (and those that don't) so I'm sure that'll come in handy at a later date.