Geoff Bush - Trustee
Since my school days in Canterbury, then on to University further away, where the range of accessible live music was astonishing, live music and the skill and creativity of musicians have been a primary turn-on in my life. Despite numerous attempts I cannot sing in tune, or tune an instrument – and believe me I’ve tried! – but early on I found I had some ability to assist with the practical organisation musicians of many different types needed to perform. (e.g. committee of Oxford University Jazz Club, business manager of Canterbury Symphony Orchestra, trustee of Whitstable Horsebridge etc.)
On returning to Whitstable I was rapidly drawn to the quality, variety, accessibility, sociability and relative informality of the WMS. I was invited to join the committee several years ago and, due to my business background, found I could make a worthwhile contribution. The quality of the musicians we are able to bring to the town, their performances and the real pleasure and at times inspiration they give, are, I feel a unique asset in this area.
I believe the key to developing this still further for the benefit and pleasure of a growing audience lies above all in an uncompromising drive for musical quality and variety. Why should our audiences typically be older than our performers? Let’s fire up the next generation of audiences and performers, like we were years ago.