House Concert



What is a house concert?

House Concerts are unique events that give you the chance to experience live music in the comfort of your own home. Your guests are invited to a concert with Bernard and also have the chance to meet and chat to him. These days we are accustomed to concerts where the performer is inaccessible, so the experience of a private concert in an intimate setting with much more opportunity for the audience to participate provides a refreshing contrast.

Why are House Concerts so great?

House Concerts are fun, and they take a social gathering to a whole new level. Since most people have never been to a private concert in someoneís home, your guests feel they are part of something special.  Depending on the time of year you can plan to be indoors or outside, where your guests can enjoy picnicking in your garden beforehand. Whatever setting you choose there will be plenty of time for friends to socialize and the intimacy and warmth of the occasion provide a memorable experience for them.  Your guests don't have to dress formally or make large contributions.  They can simply enjoy a concert in your home

Many hosts find that House Concerts are a tangible way to support the arts in their community and provide independent artists with opportunities to build new audiences.

Is it expensive to host a House Concert?

Hosts normally charge from $15-$20 and each invited guest pays for a ticket. Costs vary depending on you but we suggest that you keep the arrangements simple. Some people like guests to bring their own chairs and drinks and open their doors early to let their guests socialise.  Other hosts provide tea, coffee and biscuits during the interval. Elaborate refreshments are not expected or required and if you keep it simple then you can enjoy the evening. Bernardís fee is based on the number of paying guests at the concert after you have deducted your expenses.
Please discuss the fee structure with him.

How can I charge people to come into my home?

If you are concerned about asking people to pay, let them know that all proceeds from ticket sales go to the artist and that this is a way to directly support a touring performer and to have an eveningís entertainment at a reasonable cost.

I donít think my house is big enough. Can I still host a House Concert?

You need at least 20 people for a successful event. Most people are surprised at how many people can be seated comfortably in a living room. Using concert-style row seating, with kitchen or dining room chairs and some furniture rearranging, an average living room can comfortably seat 35 people. Often you can borrow chairs from a local church or school or ask your guests to bring their own. In warm weather you might prefer to hold your concert outdoors but make sure that you have an alternative location in case of rain. 

Who should I invite?

Phone invitations are an effective way to contact everyone you know: friends, relatives, neighbours and business associates. We will provide pre-printed flyers and tickets with your concert details for you to send to your intended guests. It is important to sell tickets in advance so that you know how many people plan to attend and can arrange your concert setting accordingly.  Bernard will contact people on his mailing list in your area.

How long is a house concert?

Bernard normally plays two 50-minute sets with a 20-minute interval but this format can be tailored to suit your situation.

Do I need to provide a sound system and lights?

Bernard will bring his sound system and also some stage lights if you think that will be necessary.



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