QUOTE(Sioni @ Nov 22 2011, 06:44 PM)
What exactly happens at these events? Sorry if it's a daft question. S.
Good question? That's what I wondered when I went to my first Cardiff Adult Learners Concert. I've only been to that one - couldn't make Gloucester this year - so can only comment on that.
Before the event those that wanted accompanying were put in touch with pianists to sort out music. We each gave Looney-Tunes (organiser) a brief blurb about ourself and our pieces. She put those together, so we had a kind of program to keep as a momento, but it wasn't a strict running order.
The event itself was very relaxed. On the day there was rehearsal time, individual, with the pianists and some ensembles were created (strings). They started the event - which was a nice ice breaker, no one had the stress of being first up as the string group had broken the ice. After that we just went up and played when we felt up to it. There was no formal program, though we had a number of minutes each to use all or part of. All in all, it was a very supportive atmosphere.
I believe some of the other events are more formalised with the opportunity to give feedback for those that want it (say if they're prepping for exams).
I'm kind of organising the next Cardiff event and unless there is a mass of requests to alter the format I'll stick to what I experienced - a fun and supprtive environment for adults to play to an audience.
I hope that gives you some idea of what you might expect at an event. I'm sure others can provide more info on how the other events pan out.